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Jefferson Regional Medical Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Families must often entrust the loving care of their disabled, elderly or rehabilitating loved one to professional caregivers to ensure they receive the best services in a compassionate, safe environment. Unfortunately, many residents of Jefferson County nursing homes become the victim of mistreatment, neglect or abuse that result in severe harm or wrongful death.
The Arkansas nursing home abuse attorneys represent victims and surviving family members to ensure they are adequately compensated for their damages. Our team of affiliated attorneys uses every legal option to hold those responsible for your causing your harm monetarily and legally accountable. Contact us today and let us begin working on your case now.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
This Medicare-participating long-term care (LTC) center is a 25-certified bed "not-for-profit" home providing services to residents of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas. The facility is located at:
1600 West 40Th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 71603
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, this regional medical center also offers other services that include:
- Ambulatory surgery
- Critical care services including coronary care and surgical ICU
- Cardiology services
- Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services
- Home Health Care
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Inpatient hospice care
- Outpatient physical therapy
- Surgical services
- Transitional care
- Wound care
- Urgent care
Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators working for the state of Arkansas and the federal government have the legal authority to impose monetary fines and deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing home has been cited for serious violations of established regulations and rules. Within the last three years, investigators levied a monetary fine against Jefferson Regional Medical Center for $13,328 on July 20, 2017. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Arkansas Adult Protective Services website concerning this nursing facility.
Pine Bluff Arkansas Nursing Home Residents Safety Concerns
The Arkansas care home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The AR Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints of every facility in each county.
According to Medicare, this medical center maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Jefferson County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies, hazardous violations and safety concerns at Jefferson Regional Medical Center that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Is Safe from Serious Medication Errors
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- Failure to Protect Residents from the Spread of Infection - AR State Inspector
- Failure to Provide Quality Care by Healthcare Professionals According to Every Resident's Written Plan of Care
- Failure to Develop a Complete Care Plan That Meets All the Resident's Needs, with Timetables and Actions That can be Measured
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 28, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to "develop a Care Plan specific and updated to reflect one … patient's preferences for eating in the dining room." The investigators also documented the facility's failure "to develop individualized, patient-specific care plan which reflected the patient's current preferences [that] did not ensure patient's input into the development of the Care Plan and increased patient participation in the treatment plan." The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident at the facility."
The investigators reviewed the resident's clinical record that revealed physician's orders that "stated meals in the dining room out of bed at least two hours twice a day. Meals in the dining room. We're creating an invalid here." Next, the investigators reviewed the resident assessment completed on July 18, 2018, that "did not reveal any information regarding [the resident] going to the dining room for meals."
The investigative team observed the resident "not in the dining room for breakfast and lunch." They then interviewed the Activity Director who was asked why the resident "was not in the dining room for meals." The Activity Director replied that the resident "refused to come to the dining room for meals." The surveyor interviewed the facility Director of Nursing who was asked why the resident "was not in the dining room for meals."the Registered Nurse "was present as well and stated that [the resident] would not go to the dining room and actually demanded to go back to his room during attempts to bring them out."
The survey team reviewed the resident's care plan with the Director of Nursing that showed that "meals in the dining room out of bed at least two hours twice a day. The Care Plan was dated July 5, 2017, with goals to be obtained by July 12, 2017, July 17, 2017, July 24, 2017, and July 31, 2017. During the above interview with the Director of Nursing, she stated that the Care Plan should have been revised to reflect [the resident's] refusal to go to the dining room for meals."
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 28, 2017, the state investigators "determined one significant medication error was observed during a medication pass on July 25, 2017." The incident involved one intravenous medication push "administered in less than one minute by Registered Nurse (RN). The failure to administer the medication over a minimum of one minute had the potential for [the patient] to suffer adverse reactions such as ototoxicity [a temporary or irreversible permanent damage to the auditory nerve or the vestibular system] on July 25, 2017.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 28, 2017, a state investigator "determined the facility failed to store processed [laundry] to prevent the likelihood of contamination and three of three (cleaned linens storage, cleaned linens folding/pressing and soiled laundry processes in) areas observed within the Laundry Department." This failure "to ensure the door to the clean linens storage room was closed, and failure to ensure staff did not have personal drinks in the clean processing area and the soiled area did not ensure linen would be stored [using a] process to prevent the spread of infection."
The investigators documented that the "failed practice was likely to affect all linen processed in the facility." The state survey team observed the clean linens staging area identified by the facility laundry manager which "had the door into the room from the main corridor propped open. The opened door from the main corridor did not assure non-laundry personnel or visitors would be prevented access."
The laundry manager stated that "the door is propped open in the summertime because it gets so hot." An observation of the soiled laundry room the same day showed that "to the left of the conveyor and behind the electric monitor panel, there was one partially consumed drink with a lid." The manager stated that "as long as the drinks have a lid on them, we allow them to drink and the department."
However, the state investigator interviewed the Director of Facilities and the Safety Officer and Security Manager who stated that "there were no drinks allowed in the laundry and that the clean linens staging door should not be propped open." The investigator reviewed facility policies that show that there was "no specific policy for laundry services. The Safety Officer/Security Manager stated that "the laundry door is supposed to be closed. We do not have a policy."
The investigator observed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who "failed to prevent and control infections when performing point of care testing for blood glucose." The CNA had "failed to change gloves [before] accessing blood glucose tests trip,lancet, cotton balls and dispose of a contaminated single-use lancet in the Sharp's container. It could not be assured patients would be protected from likely sources of infection. "
The failed practice "was likely to affect any patient who had a point of care blood glucose performed." During an interview with that Certified Nursing Assistant will it was confirmed that the CNA "should have changed her gloves." The CNA said, "I knew I should have [changed gloves] before I touched the supplies. I should have thrown the lancet in the Sharp's container."
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated July 24, 2015, the state investigator documented the facility's failure to "follow the nursing care plan policy and procedure for [one patient] in isolation who did not have cultures repeated. The failed practice did not allow the facility to know if the patient had an active infection which required isolation." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident at the facility.
During an initial tour of the medical center, a patient was observed: "to be in isolation for urinary multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDRO)." The state investigator interviewed the patient who stated: "staff is supposed to be getting some cultures of my urine to see if this infection is gone." The investigator reviewed the resident's clinical record that showed "no cultures had been obtained/resulted." The survey team interviewed the facility Infection Control Nurse who stated that the resident "should have had urine cultures and sensitivities performed 30 days ago and now another one. The Infection Control Nurse stated it was the responsibility of the Infection Control staff to order and obtain cultures and sensitivities."
In a separate incident, the investigators determined that the facility "failed to ensure a clean technique was used while handling the Central Venous Access Device. The failed practice has the potential to introduced infectious agents via the Central Venous Access site." The survey team observed a Registered Nurse on July 21, 2015, donning examination gloves to move "the intravenous pole, move electrical cords which were touching the floor and then picked up the trash can and move it."
The Registered Nurse then grabbed the patient's "Central Line and administered an IV medication without removing her gloves, washing her hands and re-gloving." As a part of the investigation, the team interviewed the Registered Nurse who "verified she should have removed her gloves, washed her hands and re-gloved [before] handling the … central line."
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 24, 2015, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to "ensure the physician's plan of care for 'twice a day' pulse oxygen-measurement readings were implemented by the facility." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility. The failed practice "did not provide the clinical information for the physician to make determinations for the application of, change in, or discontinuation of oxygen" for two patients."
The state survey team reviewed a resident's Pulse Ox Parameter History from June 3, 2015, to July 23, 2015, that showed that the readings "were not performed in five of 51 days." The nurse manager verified the above findings.
Injured or Abused While Residing at Jefferson Regional Medical Center?
If your loved one was the victim of mistreatment, abuse or neglect while a resident at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, contact the Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today. Our network of attorneys fights aggressively on behalf of Jefferson County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Pine Bluff. Our team of attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolving financial claims for compensation against all parties who caused nursing home residents harm, injury, loss, or preventable death. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim. Let us fight on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
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