Hospital Cited for Medication-Related Deficiencies, Patient Given Unnecessary Meds 19 Times

Riveredge Hospital was cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for multiple violations, including failing to inform patients and guardians of the purpose and effects of psychotropic medications prior to administration. In one case, the patient did not sign consent for these medications until five days after they were given. The facility was also cited for failing to ensure its nursing staff followed physician orders. A physician ordered nurses to not administer diabetes medications to a patient if his blood glucose readings were less than or equal to 100. Despite this directive, the patient was given the drug 19 times when his glucose levels fell below 100.