The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. The Rockford Nursing and Rehab Center recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $12,500. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to properly prevent Illinois nursing home neglect ultimately resulting in residents developing preventable pressure sores.
According to the report by the state investigators, the facility did not have a wound management system in place. These systems are required so that staff members are properly trained in the prevention and control of wounds like pressure sores. The lack of proper preparation ultimately resulted in a resident developing painful, damaging sores.
A review of the situation revealed that the workers at the home did not regularly inspect the skin of certain resident to ensure that no problems existed. The failure to inspect meant that one resident who had developed a pressure sore did not receive the treatment that he needed.
Even when the wound was identified, the staff members mismanaged the treatment. For example, the resident had the vacuum dressing left on the wound for 18 hours without being connected to the negative pressure vacuum machine, resulting in the creation of a breeding ground for bacteria. Pressure ulcers developed and were allowed to fester as a result.
Our Illinois nursing home neglect lawyers at Levin & Perconti have years of experience working for victims of poor nursing home care throughout our state. It remains vital that these homes treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all community members deserve. Failure to take steps to prevent problems like pressure sores almost always constitutes a violation of basic standards-it is never acceptable. Be sure to contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer if you know of any conduct like that exhibited here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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