Monday, April 27, 2009

Regal Health of Oak Lawn Fined for Bed Sores Resulting in Injury and Death

Regal Health and Rehab Center
9525 South Mayfield, Oak Lawn
Fined- March 24, 2008
Regal Health and Rehab Center was fined $30,000 for failure to follow through on facility policy regarding prevention of and treatment for pressure sores.
The failure was broad enough to be considered systemic. Based on observation, record review and staff interview, surveyors determined that the facility failed to identify new and recurrent pressure sores, failed to treat existing sores with current treatment orders, failed to provide preventative measures, failed to accurately asses and plan care for residents identified with or at risk for pressure sores, and failed to notify the physician of positive wound culture results.
Fined- September 2, 2008
Regal Health and Rehab Center was fined $100,000 for failure to address the Plan of Correction after the March 2008 violation.
As before, surveyors determined that the facility failed to accurately assess and document all pressure sores, failed to consult with a physician regarding sores, and failed to treat observed pressure sores.
As a result, one resident was hospitalized with uncontrollable bleeding from a pressure sore wound, and another resident developed 10 pressure sores during his time in the facility and was hospitalized with a diagnosis of sepsis. A third resident died from a pressure sore that led to sepsis. A fourth resident was admitted to the facility with no wounds. Within three months, she acquired four pressure sores that became worse until she was hospitalized with dehydration and failure to thrive.

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