After IDPH inspectors followed up with pharmacists and physicians, it was determined that the victims had been receiving medications that were never ordered. One of the residents of the Comfort Harbor Home was receiving daily doses of aspirin, folic acid, vitamin B1 supplements and a multivitamin without any doctor’s orders.
Another resident was administered 3 medications that were never ordered, and one medication that was to be administered twice a day was completely omitted.
A third resident (out of only three reviewed) was tasked with self administering her medications, and the Comfort Harbor staff didn’t really know what she had been taking.
In each of these cases, the nursing home had no current list of prescriptions for their residents, and no procedure in place for ensuring that each of the residents in Comfort Harbor nursing home were getting their appropriate medications.
Nursing homes are obligated to regularly review a resident’s prescriptions with their physician. They are also required to have a monthly review by a pharmacist of each resident’s medication regimen. No such reviews were taking place at Comfort Harbor nursing home.
Obviously, any situation where nursing home residents are not getting their prescribed medications is a dangerous situation. Medication errors of this sort can be the basis of a nursing home neglect lawsuit.
At my law firm, we have experience investigating claims of medication errors. If you feel that you or a loved one has been the victim of medication errors in an Illinois nursing home, contact my law offices for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At my law offices we never charge a fee unless we take, and win, your case.