Type A violations cited at area nursing homes

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the following type “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act for the month of May 2005. An “A” violation, which is the most serious licensure violation levied by the state, creates a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental physical harm will result. The statement of violation for each facility can be obtained by visiting the Department’s Web site at www.idph.state.il.us and clicking on the phrase “statement of violation” contained in the paragraph about the facility.

Provena St. Anne Center , a 179-bed skilled care facility located at 4405 Highcrest Rd. in Rockford, has been fined $50,000 (http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_homes_violations05/6.3.05l.pdf) for failure to ensure a dressing was applied to a resident’s incision to keep it clean, to document when the incision was soiled, to notify the physician of the resident’s frequent diarrhea and possible wound infection and to immediately call emergency services when her blood pressure was observed to be extremely low. The resident died due to septic shock related to a surgical site infection. The facility has requested a hearing. No hearing date has been scheduled.

Provena Cor Mariae Center , a 124-bed skilled and sheltered-care facility at 3330 Maria Linden Drive in Rockford, has been fined $10,000 (http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_homes_violations05/6.3.05m.pdf) for failure to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a resident who was found unresponsive, warm and without a pulse. The facility also did not conduct an orientation, including instruction on facility policy and procedure, for agency nurses. The facility has not yet requested a hearing, but is still within the allotted time to do so.

From the June 22-28, 2005, issue

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