Monday, November 17, 2008

Methodist Home Failed to Perform Heimlich Maneuver

1415 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago.
FINED- 2002
Methodist Home was fined $10,000 for failure to
provide appropriate emergency care to a resident
having respiratory problems.
As part of an annual survey and complaint
investigation, Department surveyors learned staff did
not perform the Heimlich maneuver on a resident who
was coughing and having difficulty breathing following
Facility staff began cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) after the resident stopped breathing and had no
pulse, but they did not first clear the resident's
airway as required by facility policy. Unsuccessful
attempts were made to suction the resident with a bulb
syringe because emergency suction machines did not
work. Paramedics were unable to revive the resident,
who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Department surveyors found that the emergency suction
machine on the resident's floor was not working and a
machine obtained from another floor also was not
operational. The employee charged with maintaining
emergency equipment said he only made sure machines
were on portable carts, but did not check to see if
they were in working order.
The Department-ordered plan of correction required
the facility to train staff on the importance of
following procedures related to medical emergencies
and to make sure emergency equipment is checked prior
to each shift. The facility also was ordered to make
sure it notifies the Department of an incident or
accident that has, or is likely to have, a significant
effect on the health, safety or welfare of a resident.

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