December 20, 2004
THREE CHICAGO FACILITIES FINED
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against three Chicago long-term care facilities:
All American Nursing Home was fined $5,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to supervise a resident who had a history of smoking in non-designated areas. The resident fell asleep while smoking in his room and caught his mattress and linens on fire. Prior to the incident, an employee saw the resident in bed with cigarettes nearby and warned him not to smoke, but did not confiscate the cigarettes.
International Village was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to provide emergency services to an oxygen-dependent resident with a tracheostomy who was experiencing acute respiratory distress and long periods of not breathing. Staff did not place the resident on a ventilator nor notify the physician of the resident’s condition until 21 hours after he began experiencing breathing problems. The resident was transferred to a hospital for further care after he was found unresponsive.
In addition, the facility failed to provide the necessary care and services for six residents, including not providing proper care for two residents with a catheter; failing to obtain dialysis treatment; not ensuring antibiotics were given as ordered; and failing to monitor for the effectiveness of a change in medication.
Kenwood Healthcare Center was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and to call emergency services after a resident was found unresponsive and bleeding from her nostrils. Staff said they followed the facility’s Presumed Death Policy, but none of the required assessments or documentation was completed. The policy requires two nurses, one of whom must be a registered nurse, to assess the resident and make a final decision on the initiation of resuscitation. There were no registered nurses on duty at the time of the incident.
All three facilities have requested hearings on the Department’s actions. No hearing dates have been scheduled.
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