There are few words to describe the abject nursing home abuse and neglect that would allow a broken femur to go completely unnoticed, and yet, that seems to be the official story behind a nursing home investigation at the Parker Nursing and Rehab Center in Streator, Illinois.
According to the report, on February 16th, the Registered Nurse (RN) on duty at Parker Nursing and Rehab was called to a resident’s room. The RN noted at the time “Summoned to room by CNAs (Certified Nurse’s Aide), (Resident 3’s) right thigh noted to be swollen with hard protrusion, appears to be femur.”
The resident was transferred to a local hospital which confirmed that it was a broken femur pressing against the skin. The orthopedic surgeon who operated on the bone stated that there was no chance that this happened during the normal course of care. “Blunt force,” according to the surgeon, was the only way to account for the injury.
The RN stated to investigators that she had no idea how the injury happened. The two CNAs who took care of the woman since 6:00 AM also claimed to have no knowledge of the injury. The CNA who had been on duty for the night shift also claimed to have no idea what happened.
And that’s how the investigation officially ended. Someone is not telling the truth.
Someone knows how the resident’s leg was broken, and that individual just learned that you can severely injure a resident and get away with it. In fact, every staff member at Parker Nursing and Rehab learned that same lesson, which certainly doesn’t bode well for the long term physical well-being of the rest of the residents.
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