Asta Care Center of Bloomington in Bloomington, Illinois was fined $3,300 because of nursing home neglect that led to the development of two bedsores, or pressure ulcers, on a resident in January of this year. The detailed report illustrates the sad decline of a citizen’s health and the neglectful way the nursing home responded to the situation.
The resident, designated R8, was admitted to the Asta Care Center of Bloomington in September of last year. At the time, an evaluation confirmed that he was free of all skin injuries. He suffered from dementia and Organic Brain Syndrome. Organic Brain Syndrome is a generic term for a mental disorder caused by a physical injury or medical condition rather than a psychological condition.
He was occasionally incontinent and mostly immobile, two conditions that lend themselves towards the development of bedsores, yet the nursing home staff only labeled him a moderate risk.
By December, he had a small open sore on his backside. The nursing home waited two days to inform the resident’s physician. By late January, it had grown significantly. The doctor had ordered a gel cushion and an air mattress in December, but neither had been delivered or utilized.
By February, he had died. Three main risk factors to developing a bedsore are constant pressure, dampness, and poor nutrition. The first two were established on admission to the facility. The third developed during his stay. He weighed 155 pounds when he was admitted, and he died at 129. From the time of admission until his death at the Asta Care Center of Bloomington, Illinois, he lost 24% of his total body weight.
The rest of the report on the Asta Care Center of Bloomington, Illinois describes a litany of careless procedures and failures. The Wound Care nurse wasn’t specifically trained for wounds, doctor’s orders were ignored, and nutritional requirements were not met.
Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are one of the primary indicators of nursing home abuse because they require careful attention to prevent and to cure. A person should never develop a bedsore in a nursing home.