Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sacred Heart Home Fined for Failure to Monitor Patient on Suicide Watch

Sacred Heart Home
1550 South Albany, Chicago
Fined- December 9, 2008
Sacred Heart Home was fined $20,000 for failure to supervise a resident on suicide watch to ensure that she did not harm herself.
By December of 2007, the resident had an extensively documented history of trying to kill herself in a variety of different ways. Despite this, facility staff did not place her under consistent monitoring and in interview said they could not imagine how she could try to kill herself. In the afternoon of December 21, 2007, she was found to have thrown herself down a concrete stairwell located right next to her room.
She sustained lacerations to her head and knee as well as fractures of several vertebrae and the complete rupture of one vertebra. As a result, she was paralyzed from the waist down and placed on a ventilator.

Chicago's All Faith Pavilion Fined for Poor Management of Bed Sores

All Faith Pavilion
3500 South Giles Avenue, Chicago
Fined- October 15, 2008
All Faith Pavilion was fined $25,000 for failure to follow through on facility policy regarding prevention of and treatment for pressure sores.
Staff at the facility failed to identify, assess, and treat pressure sores on three residents. As a result, one resident experienced pressure sores that went untreated and undocumented, while a second resident had a pressure sore that was treated incorrectly. A third resident suffered from a pressure sore that remained untreated for several weeks, and was only noticed when the resident was sent to the hospital for another procedure. The sore had gone untreated for so long that it developed an E-coli infection and required emergency surgery.