Many Illinois nursing home residents suffer from compromised immune systems and can easily develop a urinary tract infection (UTI). Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols when assisting with toileting, bathing, and cleanliness. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, a lack of training or minimal staffing, many residents develop preventable infections. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to patients residing in Illinois nursing facilities including Breese Nursing Home who have developed preventable infections or have been exposed to harmful contaminants and communicable diseases.Breese Nursing Home
The nursing home is a 112-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Breese and Clinton County, Illinois. The Center home is located at:
1155 N. First St.Breese Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Breese, IL 62230
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with full details of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Breese Nursing Home maintains an overall four out of five available stars rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis star rating system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and three quality measures and three out of five stars for staffing issues. The Clinton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Incontinent Care to Prevent Urinary Tract Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, a state investigator noted deficient practices during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide complete incontinent care to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) for two [residents at the facility] observe for incontinence care.”
One failure of the facility involved a review of a resident’s 12/11/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) noting the resident “requires total assist with toileting, bathing, dressing and transfers and is occasionally incontinent of bowel and always incontinent of urine.” The resident’s 01/16/2016 Urine Culture Final Report “documents more than 100,000 colony forming units/meters of E. coli [Escherichia coli].”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 12/12/2016 Care Plan the documents the resident “has bladder incontinence related to physical limitations, dementia, impaired mobility, history of UTI.” It also documents “incontinent: check at least every two hours and is required for incontinence. Wash, rinse and dry perineum.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in the early afternoon of 01/19/2016 who were providing “incontinent care to [a resident who] had an incontinent episode of both urine and bowel.” It was noted that the resident’s “adult incontinent brief was saturated with urine and so was soft fecal matter from the front where it covered the vaginal area to the back.”
One of the certified nursing assistants “used a washcloth with water and no-rinse peri-wash to cleanse the left groin of yellowish-brown fecal matter with one stroke in cleansed the right groin with the same used surface of the wash cloth.” Next, the CNA “used a second washcloth and cleaned [the resident] across the vaginal area ones. There was some fecal smear noted on the wash cloth” however, the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not attempt to spread the labia folds” and continue to wipe the resident’s “perineal area with one swipe and there was fecal matter on the wash cloth.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Certified Nursing Assistant failed to follow the facility’s 02/06/2012 policy titled Perineal Care that provides guidance to ensure the prevention of urinary tract infections.
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Is Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the baseboard heating units’ surfaces are maintained at safe temperatures for [nine residents].”
The state investigator findings involved an observation of a resident at 11:30 PM on 01/19/2016 who “was standing still near the baseboard heating unit on the 200 Hall. The baseboard heater did not have a protective guard.” It was also noted at that time that a baseboard heating unit near Room 126 and the 100 hallway was also missing a guard and “was hot to the touch. A heating thermal test strip was applied and it turned black indicating at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.”
At that time, and observation was made of a resident “sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway close to her room. No facility staff was present… [...and the resident’s] foot was resting on the wheelchair footrest adjacent to the baseboard heater [...and] the baseboard heater did not have a protective guard.
If you, or your loved one, have suffered from a urinary tract infection or injury while residing at Breese Nursing Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today at (888) 424-5757. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can provide legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for your harm and damages financially accountable. Our Clinton County elder abuse law firm can handle your case for compensation without any upfront fees or retainers.