|September 5, 2003
TWO METRO CHICAGO FACILITIES FINED
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against two Chicago metropolitan area long-term care facilities:
McAllister was fined $5,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to provide adequate supervision to a resident who left the facility unnoticed. Prior to this incident, the resident had made at least six attempts to leave the facility. The resident was fitted with an electronic monitoring device, but the alarm did not sound when she exited the facility. The resident was found outside in 44 degree temperature wearing only a nightgown. Police returned the resident to the facility unharmed.
Clearbrook was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) after a resident developed a pressure sore behind his left knee that went unnoticed and untreated for about a month. By the time the sore was discovered, the residents tendon was exposed. The pressure sore may have been caused by a protective device that was left on the residents knee for an extended period of time. Staff did not notice the pressure sore because they did not completely remove the device or look at the back of the residents knee while giving him a bath.
McAllister and Clearbrook have requested hearings on the Departments actions. No hearing dates have been scheduled.
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Springfield, Illinois 62761
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