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Preventable Death Leads to Fine for Lincoln Nursing Home

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A Closer Look at Christian Village Nursing Home Resident’s Untimely Death

Levin & Perconti attorneys recently reviewed second quarter nursing home violations in Illinois on the blog. One out of two facilities with a Type AA violation was Christian Village nursing home, located at 1507 Seventh St. in Lincoln. The home received the serious violation for failing to notify a 64-year-old patient’s doctor of rapid changes related to asthma. The female resident died a preventable death if only she had been treated for her known progressive respiratory symptoms and soon after initial complaints of shortness of breath. Her issues were followed by a continual decline in overall health and was soon later found unresponsive and taking her last supported breaths at a hospital. As a result, the Lincoln nursing home has been fined $50,000 by the state.

According to a report by the State Journal Register, the doctor, who isn’t named, is quoted in investigative documents saying, “I should have been notified” of the patient’s “progressive respiratory symptoms.” In the same note, the doctor said he had “no ideas what was going on” or he would have “ordered an antibiotic or sent the patient to a hospital emergency department earlier if he had known the patient continued to be short of breath,” and that he was shocked to hear the patient had died. The State Journal Register outlined the patient’s timeline of care in a July 18, 2018 news article.

  • “The patient was admitted to Christian Village on Jan. 22 to recover from a broken left leg.
  • She was given her inhaler and a nebulizer treatment on Feb. 3, the report said. The woman’s medical records indicated nurses would “continue to monitor for any change in condition or worsening.”
  • But the patient’s records don’t show whether she received a physician-ordered nebulizer treatment the next morning or whether nurses checked on her shortness of breath. Records showed she did receive a nebulizer treatment the night of Feb. 4, according to the report.
  • The patient didn’t receive any treatments Feb. 5, according to her medical record, and nurses found the patient unresponsive at 7:51 that night, the report said.
  • The patient’s daughter, who isn’t named in the report, said her mother phoned Christian Village several times in the days leading up to her death and informed the staff that her mother “did not feel well and her chest hurt.”
  • The daughter called her mother’s nurse three different times on Feb. 5 and said a doctor needed to be notified, the report said.”

People who reside in nursing homes are in an already vulnerable position and depend on near-constant assistance for daily support and recovery needs. Several staff at the 124-bed, not-for-profit facility in Lincoln broke care policies when they failed to notify the patient’s doctor of changes in her condition and must be held accountable for her death.

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At Levin & Perconti, we recognize the need to hold care workers who ultimately violate the law, rules, or regulations regarding the care and treatment of nursing home residents in their charge. We frequently have families contacting our attorneys to share concerns or nursing home staff who come forward to report violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Consultations with our attorneys are both free and confidential. Please call us at (312) 332-2872 or complete our free online consultation request form.

Source available at: Website. The State Journal Article. Lincoln nursing home fined $50,000 after patient death. Date Published July 18, 2018. [Accessed 3 Aug. 2018].

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