Any spread of infection in a nursing home has the potential of causing serious harm to all patients in the facility. Because of that, the nursing staff is expected to follow strict procedures and protocols when handling residents in contact isolation. Unfortunately, many nursing homes failed to properly train their Nurses and Certified Nursing Aides or take extra precautions that safeguard other residents, visitors, families, and friends from exposure to highly contagious infections. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to injured residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who have suffered needlessly from preventable infections.Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 99-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Center providing nursing services to residents of Carrier Mills and Saline County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
6789 US Route 45
Carrier Mills, IL 62917
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also offers physical, occupational and speech therapies.Carrier Mills Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed of the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations.
Currently, Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis summary system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Saline County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Properly Isolate Infected Residents from Others in the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/12/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide timely isolation precautions and use standard precautions during eye drop administration, incontinence, colostomy, and/or wound care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected three residents “reviewed for infection control.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the investigator’s findings during an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the morning of 08/12/2016 who stated that the resident “is on contact isolation with the onset date of 08/07/2016 for an infected wound [...and] my expectation for staff as far as contact isolation with this resident is to wear gloves when entering the room and if doing resident care, where gown along with gloves.”
The investigator conducted an initial 08/09/2060 9:30 AM tour of the facility and noticed “there was no personal protective equipment available on the outside of [the resident’s] room or inside the room to use for contact isolation.”
Again on the following morning of 08/10/2016, two Certified Nurses’ Aide were entering the resident’s “room with no personal protective clothing on other than gloves to perform perineal care. During this observation, [one Certified Nursing Assistant] with gloved hands, wiped [the resident’s] anal area with a washcloth wet with non-rinse perineal wash, turn the washcloth and wiped the anal area again, place the soiled washcloth onto the incontinent pad on the resident’s bed. Without changing or removing the soiled gloves, [the CNA] removed the incontinent pad, repositioned and touched [the resident’s] bed linens, catheter tubing and clothing without removing or changing their soiled gloves.”
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Legal Representative of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "notify the resident’s representative a change in their condition.” The deficient practice involved a resident diagnosed with dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, coronary artery disease and diabetes mellitus.
The deficient practice was first noted in the investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s November 2014 Physician Order Sheet (POS) and Nurse’s Notes dated 11/27/2014 indicating that the resident “was on antibiotics and being treated for urinary infection.” The Nurse’s Notes revealed that at 4:00 AM on 11/30/2015 the resident “had vomited three times and that a standing order for [dedication] was given with [the resident who was] resting quietly after giving.”
However, while the nursing staff telephone ordered the resident’s physician for the medication, “there was no indication in the record of the facility notified the Power of Attorney (POA)” of a change in the resident’s condition as required by law.
If you suspect your loved one has suffered harm through abuse, neglect, mistreatment or preventable infection while a patient at Carrier Mills Rehabilitation Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve for your loved one’s damages.
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