The spread of infection throughout a nursing facility is a serious concern and a common problem that diminishes the quality of life for many residents in the home. Without proper care, a resident suffering a compromised immune system can quickly acquire an infection through a UTI (urinary tract infection), bedsore (pressure wound; pressure ulcers; pressure sore; decubitus ulcer) or other open wound. Sadly, the Bloomington illinois-elder-abuse.html have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious harm or a wrongful death due to a preventable infection caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Bloomington Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
Bloomington Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 78-certified bed Petersen Health Care network-affiliated Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Bloomington and McLean County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1925 S. Main St.
Bloomington, Illinois 61701
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Bloomington Rehabilitation, and Healthcare Center provides Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and rehabilitation therapies including physical, occupational and speech.
Bloomington Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to keep families informed of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health and hygiene care in a nursing facility, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases. The updated information includes newly opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. Families can find all records on numerous websites online including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Bloomington Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and two out of five stars for health inspections. Our Bloomington nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs to Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/03/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "prevent cross-contamination during perineal cares for [2 residents at the facility] reviewed for bowel and bladder incontinence.”
The first failure was noted at 9:50 AM on 09/02/2015 upon observation of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who “set up supplies to perform perineal care for [a resident] then wash their hands and donned the gloves.” One Certified Nursing Assistant providing care to the resident’s “front perineal area [before both rolled the resident] to the right side [while one Certified Nursing Assistant] wash the resident’s bottom and the rectal area which was soiled with feces.” Using the same soiled gloves, the Certified Nursing Assistant dried the resident’s “bottom and applied a clean incontinent brief.” Before finalizing cares to the resident, rearranged the resident’s bed linens, both Certified Nursing Assistants removed their soiled gloves and [only then] washed their hands.”
The second failure was first noted after an observation of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at 11:30 AM on 09/02/2015 who “was performing perineal care for [a resident].” The Certified Nursing Assistant removed the resident’s “urine soiled incontinence brief with gloved hands. With the same gloved hands, [the CNA] applied a new incontinence brief and assisted with [the resident’s] bed positioning (by adjusting [the resident’s] legs and buttocks area).” The CNA pulled up the resident’s “blankets and exited the room with the same gloved hands.”
At 8:30 AM on 09/03/2015 when the Director of Nurses at the facility stated “we [the facility] do not have a policy specifically designed for glove use. I have printed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because I [the Director of Nursing] expect my staff to follow these guidelines.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 10:10 AM on 09/02/2015 “was present during the observation of [the resident’s] perineal care [...and] confirmed that the Certified Nursing Assistants should have changed gloves and washed hands after providing perineal care to the resident and before applying the clean incontinent brief.” As a part of the investigation it was noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Perineal Cleansing Policy that reads in part:
“After cleansing the perineal area, gloves should be removed, hands washed, then reposition the resident.”
Bloomington Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered injury from a preventable infection while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Bloomington Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking and obtaining financial recompense for your damages. Our McLean County illinois-elder-abuse.html can ensure that your rights are protected while holding all those responsible for causing your loved one harm both legally and financially accountable.
To fully resolve your case and obtain an adequate financial award for your damages, we encourage you to contact our Bloomington Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free, full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse case, personal injury claim, and wrongful death lawsuit on contingency. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we win your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.