The development of any infection in a nursing facility could claim the life of the resident or cause a serious decline in their overall health. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow established procedures and protocols to minimize the potential spread of infection throughout the nursing home. Unfortunately, the Pontiac elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the victim suffered a premature death or serious change in their medical condition due to an avoidable infection caused by the reckless actions of their caregivers.
Good Samaritan – Pontiac
Good Samaritan – Pontiac is a 49-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating non-profit corporate facility providing nursing services to residents of Pontiac and Livingston County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
15335 US Highway 66
Pontiac, IL 61764
Pontiac Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to keep Illinois residents fully informed about nursing facilities in their community, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems. The updated Medicare.gov information reflects the complete history of safety concerns, health violations, filed and opened investigations of every facility statewide.
Currently, Good Samaritan – Pontiac maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare nationwide star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. However, our Pontiac nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns that involve:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/22/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain the oxygen concentrator humidifier in a sanitary condition to prevent potential bacterial contamination. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at good Samaritan – Pontiac affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for oxygen use.”
The failure was first noted after a review of a resident’s 05/28/2015 Progress Notes that revealed the resident was “readmitted to the facility and hospice care” after being released from an intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure. The state investigator noted that upon observation of the resident at 10:00 AM on 07/20/2015 was “lying in bed with oxygen running at six liters/minute per nasal cannula via oxygen concentrator.” The oxygen concentrator with humidifier reservoir was unchanged [...and] continue to bubble was slight amber-tinged liquid [...and] the oxygen humidifier reservoir and tubing were not dated.”
The state investigator noted that even though it was revealed that the oxygen tubing and nebulizer tubing were changed weekly on Saturdays, “there is no information on the humidifier bottle cleaning or changing.” The following day, the investigator observed the humidifier bottle at the resident’s bedside and that it “still had amber-tinged liquid and there was visible mineral scale on the inside of the reservoir and yellow sediment in the bottle of the liquid.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Lead Nurse/LPN at 2:15 PM on 07/21/2015 who stated “she could not find any policies for maintaining the refillable humidifier bottle in the facility policy [...and stated] she had spoken to the hospice supervisor on the phone and there is not a policy for cleaning and refilling humidifier bottles.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/05/2013, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "effectively disinfect the blood glucose meter to prevent cross-contamination for [four residents at the facility] who receive blood glucose monitoring.”
The state investigator noted that upon observation at 10:55 AM on 09/03/2013, Licensed Practical Nurse providing a resident care “did a blood glucose test on [a resident] backspace and] took the blood glucose meter out of the drawer and used it to [perform] the test without cleaning it first. After completing the test, [the Licensed Practical Nurse] replace the meter without cleaning it. Only one glucose meter was in the drawer.”
Twenty-two minutes later, the same Licensed Practical Nurse performed a blood glucose test on a different [resident]. Prior to doing the test, [the LPN] removed the same glucose meter from the drawer, and quickly wiped it down with a germicidal wipe then discarded the wipe. The contact time was less than five seconds.” The Licensed Practical Nurse “did not clean the meter after the test.” Ten minutes later, 11:25 AM, the Licensed Practical Nurse performed a blood glucose test on a third resident, following the same procedure.
The state investigator noted that “the instructions on the label of the germicidal bleach wipes state that the contact time for bacteria and viruses or 30 seconds and one minute respectively, and contact time of five minutes for Clostridium difficile [C. diff] and other contaminants.”
Pontiac Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered a preventable infection that led to a change in their condition or premature death, you likely have the right to seek financial compensation for your damages. Our Pontiac nursing home abuse attorneys can handle every aspect of obtaining your recompense.
If your loved one suffered their injuries while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Good Samaritan – Pontiac, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate action. To ensure your compensation cases successfully resolved, contact our Livingston County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free case consultation. No upfront fees are required.