The spread of infection in a nursing facility has the potential of harming every patient. Because of that, the nursing staff, administration and other employees at the facility are required to take appropriate measures when providing care, including following established hand hygiene protocols. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide adequate training to employees to ensure that exposure to a contagious infection is eliminated. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal services to mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Hammond Henry District Hospital who have suffered exposure to infections unnecessarily.
Hammond Henry District Hospital
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 38-certified-bed Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Geneseo and Henry County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility is located at:
600 North College Avenue
Geneseo, Illinois 61254
Geneseo 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 data contains a historical list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Hammond Henry District Hospital 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 health inspections, quality measures and staffing concerns. The Henry County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have located various safety concerns, hazards, complaints and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/10/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow their hand hygiene policies for [three residents at the home] reviewed for infection control practices.”
Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) were observed performing urinary catheter care for a resident on the afternoon of 07/08/2015. One CNA “pushed the bedside table away from the side of the bed, grabbed a pillow used for patient positioning, pulled up the sheet and blanket, grabbed the bed alarm string to ensure it was in place, and pushed the button on the bed to raise the head of the bed while wearing the same soiled gloves.”
An interview was conducted by the state investigator with the Certified Nursing Assistant who stated: “I should have removed my gloves and wash my hands before touching anything.”
In a separate incident, two Certified Nursing Assistants were observed on the afternoon of 07/09/2015 performing “incontinent care for [a facility resident]. After performing incontinence care, [one CNA] picked up [the resident’s] soiled brief, repositioned [the resident] in bed, pulled up [the resident’s] blanket and turned on the [the resident’s] radio while wearing the same soiled gloves.”
The other Certified Nursing Assistant position the resident’s “bed into the low position, grabbed [the resident’s] call light cord and placed it within [the resident’s] reach, turned off [the resident’s] light with the overhead light string and grasped the bathroom door knob while wearing the same soiled gloves.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Hand Hygiene Policy that reads in part:
“Indications for hand washing include, but are not limited to: before and after performing invasive procedures; before and after direct patient care. Standard precautions are used [for the] protection of the patient and health care worker. Standard precautions consist of good handwashing techniques before and after patient contact and after handling contaminated objects.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accidents Away from Hazardous Materials
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/20/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to safely store hazardous materials out of the reach of confused residents. This failure has the potential to affect two confused and independently mobile residents.”
An observation was made of a dietary aide on the morning of 08/08/2014 who “was present in the facility’s kitchenette where chemicals were found to be stored in an unlocked cabinet under the kitchenette’s sink.” The Dietary Aide stated that “the facility’s kitchenette door that opens out onto the facility residents Dining and Activity Area was ‘never’ locked.”
Geneseo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing as a resident at Hammond-Henry District Hospital, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our Geneseo respected attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their nursing facility. Our team of attorneys can handle every aspect of your family’s financial compensation claim against all parties who caused your loved one harm.
To ensure your financial recompense claim is filed and successfully resolved, schedule your free, no obligation case review today by calling our Henry County elder abuse law offices at 888 424-5757. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse/neglect cases and personal injury claims through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or have won your case at trial.