Staff members at every nursing facility in Illinois are required to follow proven procedures to ensure that there is no spread of infection throughout the facility. This requires the staff to take specific measures when providing care to residents diagnosed with contagious infections and diseases. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, minimal staff and a lack of training, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants expose residents to harmful contaminants and hazardous scenarios. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a 120-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center providing nursing cares and services to residents of Salem and Marion County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
1201 Hawthorn Road
Salem, Il 62881
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing services, Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also offers rehabilitation services, respiratory services, palliative/hospice care, respite care and pastoral care.Salem Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Marion County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "protect the tips of in-line suction devices in the suction machine tubing, properly clean and disinfect the environmental surfaces, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for disinfecting resident care equipment.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to educate staff regarding proper infection control practices. This failure has the potential to affect all 91 residents in the facility.”
An observation was made of a resident lying in his bed at 10:00 AM on 03/08/2016 “with the suction machine (for suctioning is tracheotomy) lying next to his feet. The in-line section catheters extension hose was touching the resident’s heel protectors that were soiled." The state investigator noted that the resident has “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) of the nares [nostrils] as documented in the Infection Control Log dated March 2016.”
In a separate observation at 10:05 AM on the same morning, a different resident’s in-line suction device tip was touching the resident’s gown. The suction machine tubing tip was dangling in the air on the bedside table. There is no protection for the in-line suction device tip or the suction machine tubing."
Ten minutes later at 10:15 AM, a third resident’s in-line suction device tip was touching the blankets. The tip of the suction machine tubing was touching the suction machine handle." The investigator noted that the resident “has colonized Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) of the nares as documented on the infection control log dated March 2016. The fan blowing on [the resident] has dirty fan blades in a dusty fan frame. There is no protection for the in-line suction device tip or the tip of the suctioning machine tubing.
Observations were made of three other residents with in-line suctioning devices that were being contaminated or hrad the potential for nosocomial infections.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "safely transfer residents who required a mechanical lift.”
A member of the nursing staff stated that on 02/14/2015, the resident “was being transferred in a Sit to Stand lift and the lift froze and [the resident] fell." The nursing staff stated that the resident “had both shins scraped during the fall and the nurse bandaged both shins.
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the morning of February 20 for 2015 who stated that “the restorative aide, physical therapy staff in the Certified Nursing Assistant’s determine who needs a mechanical lift for transfers and two people are required to transfers residents with any mechanical lift.
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our qualified Salem reputable attorneys represent victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment happening in Illinois nursing facilities.
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