|January 9, 2004
TWO COOK COUNTY NURSING HOMES FINED
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against two Cook County long-term care facilities:
Alden Wentworth was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to provide the necessary supervision and assistance to prevent accidents. A resident, who was blind and considered a high risk for falls, broke his neck and several vertebrae after getting up from a chair and falling. He died two weeks later.
Despite a care plan that stated the resident was to be continually supervised, the man was left alone.
Woodbine Nursing Home was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to provide proper nursing care, not monitoring a resident's medical condition and not keeping the resident's doctor informed of significant changes in her condition.
A resident's leg was amputated due to an infection resulting from a sore between her toes. The sore was reported to the physician, who ordered that the area be washed and an ointment applied twice a day until healed. A few days later, the resident's left foot had a foul smell, was red and swollen and had dead tissue present. After noting the changes, staff waited four days before notifying the resident's physician.
Upon examining the resident's foot, the physician found she had gangrene and transferred her to a hospital, where her leg was amputated above the knee.
Both facilities have requested hearings on the Department's actions. No hearing dates have been scheduled.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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