Any exposure to highly infectious diseases and contaminants could place the health and well-being of every Illinois nursing home resident in immediate jeopardy. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow strict procedures and protocols that eliminate the potential spread of infection throughout the facility. Unfortunately, many nursing staff members fail to follow protocols or do not receive adequate training/monitoring to ensure that these guidelines are met at all times. As a result, many nursing home patients suffer a decline in their health due to preventable infections. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to mistreated residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Fairfield Memorial Hospital who have suffered from an avoidable spread of infection.Fairfield Memorial Hospital
This facility is a ‘not-for-profit’ 30-certified-bed Medicare-accepted Center providing nursing services to residents of Fairfield and Wayne County, Illinois. The Nursing Home is located at:
North West 11th StreetFairfield Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Fairfield, Il 62837
The Federal government and state of Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This detailed information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Fairfield Memorial Hospital maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for both health inspections and staffing concerns and four out of five stars for quality measures. The Wayne County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, violations, and deficiencies at this facility including:
- Failure to Prevent Cross-Contamination When Providing Urinary Catheter Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "fair to prevent cross-contamination by keeping the urinary catheter tubing off the floor, during emptying of the catheter bag.”
The state investigator observed the resident “sitting in a chair in his room on 09/16/2014 at 1:15 PM.” The resident’s “urinary catheter bag tubing was noted on the floor. At 1:30 PM, [the Certified Nursing Assistant] was observed to place a plastic container on the floor without a barrier [...and] opened and closed the catheter port without cleaning the end of the port, both before and after emptying the urine from the catheter bag.”
The resident’s 08/18/2014 urinalysis indicated that “he had a urinary tract infection [UTI].” The resident’s August 2014 physician order indicated that the resident “was started on antibiotic therapy on 08/18/2014 to treat his UTI (urinary tract infection).”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Fairfield Memorial Hospital failed to follow the facility’s revised October 2013 Collecting Urinary Output from Foley Catheter Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“The catheter bag and tubing should never be raised above the bladder or allowed to touch the floor… A barrier (such as a paper towel) should be placed on the floor to sit the collecting container on… The drain spout should be cleansed with alcohol prior to the opening of the drain, and should not come in contact with the collecting container.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Abuse Policies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “develop and implement written policies for internal abuse reporting, that includes immediate reporting to the Administrator. This has the potential to affect all 20 residents living in the facility.”
The state investigator interviewed a facility’s Certified Nursing Assistant on 10/29/2013 and found “when asked about abuse reporting, [the CNA] identify the Nurse Manager Charge Nurse. Further when asked about and abuse scenario, [the CNA] indicated that the Nurse Manager charge nurse would be notified immediately.
An interview was conducted by the state investigator with a Registered Nurse on 10/20/2013 and found “when asked about abuse reporting, the Registered Nurse indicated The Nurse Manager would be notified.” The Registered Nurse “did not indicate the need to notify the facility Administrator during the interview.
The investigator reviewed the facility’s October 2013 Reporting/Investigating Resident Abuse Policy that reads in part:
“Any individual [who would reasonably believe to be the victim of] the physical abuse, mistreatment or neglect… must immediately be removed from the abusive environment and notify their supervisor.”
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys have successfully resolved many financial compensation claims for victims of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in Illinois nursing facilities. In addition, our law firm can provide legal options to hold those responsible for causing your loved one harm legally accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Wayne County elder abuse law offices by calling 888 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in a court of law.