Sept. 11, 1998
PETERSBURG NURSING HOME
FINED FOR FAILING TO KEEP PHYSICIAN INFORMED
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined Sunny Acres Nursing Home $10,000 for failing to properly monitor and keep a physician informed of the condition of an 81-year-old female resident who did not have a bowel movement in eight days. The 106-bed skilled care facility is located in rural Petersburg.
Responding to a complaint, Department surveyors learned the woman had been constipated with infrequent bowel movements for a month and had complained of pain in her legs and abdomen. Facility staff did not adequately assess her condition, which resulted in the womans physician being told of her pain but not of her constipation.
Facility employees finally notified the residents physician of the womans constipation after she complained continuously for two days. After learning the residents abdomen was distended and that gastric secretions had been present when the woman had pulled her feeding tube apart, the physician ordered the facility to transfer the woman to a hospital.
As part of a mandatory plan of correction, the Department ordered the facility to review its policies and to train its staff regarding properly monitoring bowel elimination and tube feedings of residents and keeping physicians informed.
Sunny Acres Nursing Home has requested a hearing on the Departments action. No hearing date has been set.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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