University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Locating the ideal nursing facility in your local community can be a challenging problem for any family member who is searching for the best health care assistance for a loved one who needs the services of a nursing home. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are serious problems occurring in caregiving facilities across the United States. In many cases, the family remains unaware that their loved one has been mistreated, abused or neglected until a dangerous issue arises.
If your loved one was mistreated while residing in a Madison County skilled nursing home, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully resolved cases just like yours and can help your family too. Let us begin working on your case now to ensure your family is adequately compensated for your damages.University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a 118-certified bed "for profit" long term care home providing services and cares to residents of Edwardsville and Madison County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is located at:
1095 University Drive
Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025
In addition to providing long-term skilled nursing care, University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers other services that include:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Restorative nursing care
- IV (intravenous) therapy
- Pain management
- Postsurgical care
- Respite care
- Therapeutic diets
The investigators working for the state of Illinois 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, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies imposed a monetary fine of $3263 against University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on January 24, 2017, due to substandard care.
Also, the facility received ten formally filed complaints and self-reported one serious issue that all resulted in citations. Additional information concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website about this nursing facility.Edwardsville Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The Illinois and federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their care home database system. The database contains a comprehensive list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and health violations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov and the IL Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility 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 three out of five stars for quality measures. The Madison County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center that include:
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 28, 2018, a state surveyor noted the nursing home's failure to “perform adequate hand hygiene during care to prevent the spread of infection for four residents reviewed for infection control practices.”
The state survey team observed two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) providing incontinent care to a resident on February 20, 2018. Before providing the care, the CNAs “washed their hands and donned gloves.” One CNA washed the resident’s “right and left groin area from front to back, spread the labia on both sides, washed front to back, and dried each area then replaced her gloves without washing her hands.”
The CNA “then proceeded to wash the anal area, spread right and left buttock cheeks and dried the area.” The Certified Nursing Aides “changed gloves without sanitizing or washing hands.” Both CNAs then “replaced the incontinent pad [and] removed their gloves, washed their hands [before] leaving the room.” Additional observations were made of the CNAs providing care to other residents following the same procedures for providing care using soiled gloves.
The investigators interviewed the Director of Nursing who stated that “staff should wash hands [before] entering the room, change gloves and wash hands in between providing care to each area and wash hands [before] leaving the room.” The surveyors reviewed the facility’s policy and procedure title Standard Precautions from 2012 that reads in part:
“Wash hands after removing gloves.”
“The use of gloves does not replace handwashing/hand hygiene. Integration of glove use along with routine hand hygiene is recognized as the best practice for preventing healthcare-associated infections.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated January 24, 2017, the state investigator noted that the facility had “failed to perform hand hygiene and clean contaminated surface is to prevent the spread of infection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two of thirteen residents “reviewed for infection control.”
Observations were made of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) transferring a resident “to the toilet. The CNA wore only a glove on her right hand with none to her left hand during perineal care. After performing perineal care to [the resident, the CNA] touched the toilet paper receptacle to allow for more toilet paper to dispense with the soiled gloved hand.”
The CNA pulled up the resident’s “undergarment and pants without removing the soiled gloves.” The CNA “ removed the gloves and failed to wash hands [before transferring the resident] to a recliner.” The surveyors interviewed the facility Director of Nursing who stated that “all staff is required to wear two gloves with incontinence/peri-care and not contaminate surfaces.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 24, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “identify, assess, timely treat, and reposition residents for pressure ulcer prevention and the healing of four of seven residents reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The investigator stated that “this resulted in [a resident] developing a pressure ulcer which deteriorated to a Stage IV [life-threatening stage]. This failure resulted in [another resident] developing an unstageable pressure sore/deep tissue injury to the left heel and the right outer ankle and a Stage II [pressure ulcer] to the coccyx that were avoidable.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated July 23, 2018, the state surveyors noted that the nursing home “failed to provide dressing to pressure sores for one of four residents reviewed for wound care and dressing changes.”
Observations were made of a resident on the morning of July 18, 2018, while “lying her on her back in bed, with blue heel protectors in place to both feet.” A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and a Wound Nurse removed the resident’s “heel protector from her left foot, and no dressing was in place to the left heel as verified by” the LPN. There was “a piece of tape sticking to [the resident’s] heel. There were no dressings inside [the resident’s] heel protectors.”
During an interview with the facility Nursing Supervisor, it was revealed that “she would expect wounds and pressure sores to be covered with a dressing and changed as needed.” The survey team reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Pressure Ulcer Treatment dated October 20, 2005, that reads in part:
“The purpose is to ensure that every resident that has a pressure ulcer receives the necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new ulcers from developing.”
“The policy documents daily an ‘as needed’ observations will be made by a licensed nurse if the dressing remains intact and dressing change is not indicated.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 24, 2017, a state surveyor documented that the facility had failed to “provide safe transfers that affect the fall prevention measures and interventions for three of eleven residents reviewed for falls.”
One incident involved a resident who “had a slow response and speech pattern while casually talking with a tablemate.” The resident “was alert and oriented to person, place and time.”
On January 19, 2017, “an attempt was made to observe the transfer via a ‘sit to stand’ mechanical lift, but [was refused by the cognitively intact resident] who stated, ‘I want to stay up.’” The notation dated January 11, 2017, reveals that the patient “had the following diagnoses, in part as Muscle Weakness, and Urinary Tract Infection and Transit Ischemic Attack (TIA).”
The resident’s Medical Records indicate that the patient “had a balanced deficit that required physical assist with balance.” The Nurse’s Note dated January 4, 2017, revealed: “Called to the resident’s room, noted the resident lying on the floor, ‘sit to stand’ lift in the room.”
The document stated that a CNA stated that the resident “did not hit her head. The resident was very confused, did not know why she was in the lift. No apparent injuries noted. The resident is confused. The left pupil was not responding. Complaints of lips being numb, nausea, dry heating, no emesis [vomiting].”
The survey team reviewed the facility Incident/Accident Report dated January 4, 2017, that shows that the resident “fell from a ‘sit to stand’ mechanical lift out to her back during a one-assist transfer.” Under Nurse Investigation of Accident/Incident, it was documented “what do you think contributed to the fall? The resident let go of the lift.” The documentation shows that the fall occurred because of the wheelchair.
The report shows that the CNA was getting the resident “off the toilet with a ‘sit to stand.’ She started to sit down then put her arms up in the air and sat all the way down; she did not hit her head on the ground, she held it up. I think she did [that] on purpose. I was the only one in the room. It documented [that the resident] was sent to the hospital.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan dated November 18, 2016 shows that the resident “was at high risk for falls and morbidly obese. The weight document for [the resident] on December 19, 2017, was 393 pounds, and on January 18, 2017, was 384 pounds.” The report identifies that the resident requires “a mechanical lift for transfers.”
Do you believe your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated while living a resident at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center? If so, call the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Madison County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Edwardsville. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim.
Our reputable attorneys working on your behalf can successfully resolve your nursing home abuse victim case against the facility and staff members that caused your loved one harm. We accept every case involving nursing home neglect, wrongful death, or personal injury through a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement will postpone the need to make a payment for our legal services until after our attorneys have resolved your case through a jury trial award or negotiated out of court settlement.
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