Monday, January 12, 2009

Mercy Nursing in Homewood Fails to Perform CPR


19000 Halsted St. in Homewood
FINED- 2002
Mercy Nursing Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
was fined $10,000 for failure to provide adequate and
emergency nursing care to prevent a resident death.
Responding to a complaint, Department investigators
learned facility staff did not immediately notify a
resident's physician of her deteriorating condition
and, when the woman became unresponsive, did not
perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
incorrectly believing the woman had a "Do Not
Resuscitate" order. The resident expired.
A review of the resident's record found family
members noticed she was not eating and had become
increasingly lethargic. The family requested a
physician evaluate her condition and she was to be
seen the next time a doctor was at the facility.
Records indicate facility staff did not notify the
resident's physician of her declining condition for
more than 17 hours and did not send her to the
hospital after her doctor did not immediately respond
to a page.
The facility failed to follow its policy to contact
the resident's physician or the facility's medical
director or to send the resident to the hospital when
a significant change in a resident's condition occurs.
A Department ordered plan of correction required the
facility to train its staff on proper resident
monitoring and procedures to immediately notify a
physician when there is a significant change in a
resident's condition.

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