Nursing home staff members are required to follow procedures and protocols to eliminate the potential spread of infection throughout the facility. The care they provide to avoid exposure is crucial because the residents live in an enclosed environment and sharing rooms, bathrooms and activity areas. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, a lack of training or minimal staffing, many patients are exposed to harmful contaminants, infectious diseases, viruses, and bacteria that can compromise their health and well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to injured, neglected and abused residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Good Samaritan Pontiac.
Good Samaritan Pontiac
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 49-certified-bed Center providing nursing services to residents of Pontiac and Livingston County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Nursing Home is located at:
15335 US Highway 66
Pontiac, Il 61764
Pontiac 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 safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Good Samaritan Pontiac maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns and four out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The Livingston County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various complaints, deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/22/2015, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "maintain the oxygen concentrator humidifier in a sanitary condition to prevent potential bacterial contamination.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a resident diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with carbon dioxide retention.” As per physician’s orders, the resident received oxygen “via six liters per nasal cannula continuously.”
An observation was made of the resident “lying in bed with oxygen running at six liters per minute per nasal canola via oxygen concentrator.” The investigator noted that “the oxygen concentrator at [the residents] bedside had a refillable humidifier reservoir bubbling was a slight Amber-tinged liquid that was less than half-full.”
An observation made the following day at 9:35 AM of the oxygen concentrator revealed the device was unchanged and “the humidifier reservoir continued to bubble with a slight Amber-tinged liquid.”
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Serious Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/23/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "implement a targeted fall prevention intervention and [a failure to] assess for the safe use of an electro-mechanical lift chair for [a resident] prior to a fall that resulted in [the resident] sustaining a hip fracture.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to provide a safe transfer” for two residents.
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings that upon observation “the facility failed to maintain hot water accessible to residents at handwashing sinks at a safe temperature to prevent burns [of four residents].” A notation was made in the resident’s 6:30 AM 11/15/2015 Incident Note documenting that the resident “was found lying on the floor. A head to toe assessment performed with findings of left leg pronation and report by the resident of left leg pain.” Facility documentation stated that the resident was “transferred to the hospital by ambulance.”
The resident’s 11/15/2015 The Story of My Fall documents of the resident “was getting up from recliner back to bed” and that the “alarm was not on the resident.” A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing the resident care stated that “the alarm was not in place as was supposed to be.”
The facility’s fall prevention intervention stated that the resident “was to have a personal alarm on at all times.” A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing the resident care stated that the resident fell on 11/15/2015 and “did not have the alarm on.” The state investigator also noted that there was no documentation of the resident’s “ability or inability to safely use the electrical recliner.”
Pontiac Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing as a patient at Good Samaritan Pontiac, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Pontiac law firm can provide various options to obtain financial recompense and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing your loved one harm both and legally accountable.
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