Scabies can be highly contagious, especially in institutional settings like assisted-living homes, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities. This is because many of the residents have compromised immune systems or are elderly or debilitated. While outbreaks are known to occur, simply ignoring the problem will only make it worse. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities fail to take appropriate measures to contain the outbreak, which often leads to its spread throughout the facility. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many patients who have suffered from contagious diseases and infections while residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Integrity Healthcare of Herrin.
Integrity Healthcare of Herrin
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ 49-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-accepted facility providing nursing services to residents of Herrin and Williamson County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
1900 N. Park Ave.
Herrin, IL 62948
Herrin Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit the federal website portal Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns that are routinely updated by both the state of Illinois and the federal government.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Herrin maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, staffing issues and quality measures. The Williamson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Contagious Diseases
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/04/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "operationalize infection control policies to adequately define infection control practices.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Integrity Healthcare of Herrin affected three residents “who have a rash.”
The state investigator’s findings were first noted after an initial tour of the facility occurring at 10:00 AM on 02/03/2015 with the facility’s Director of Nursing. The Director stated that three residents at the facility “have a rash. During the tour , [the three resident’s] rooms did not identify any special precautions that should be followed before entering the rooms.” Upon observation at 2:00 PM that same day, a resident’s “skin had pinpoint red raised areas covering his abdomen, neck, back and arms [...and] skin had numerous red around scabbed areas covering both legs, arms, and abdomen.”
Earlier that afternoon, the resident “was scratching the skin on his arm above and below his left elbow. A Doctor’s Telephone Order dated 01/15/2015 noted [that the resident] was to receive [medications] twice a day for the rash.” The resident’s 01/29/2015 Care Plan notes revealed: “Contact Isolation precautions should be implemented for possible scabies.” The investigator noted that the practices by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 2001 Infection Control Policy that reads in part:
“Implement contact precautions for individuals known or suspected to be infected with Scabies.”
“Non-critical patient care equipment items such as stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers should be dedicated for use to a single resident to avoid sharing between residents.”
“Adequately clean and disinfect before use for another resident.”
- Failure to Follow Protocols for the Frequency of an Indwelling Catheter Change
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/29/2014, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "obtain a physician’s orders for the frequency of an indwelling catheter change [...and a failure] to provide a diagnosis for an indwelling catheter.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s 07/16/2014 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident was admitted to the facility on “07/09/2014 from an acute care hospital with an indwelling catheter. There is no diagnosis listed on the indwelling Foley Catheter Assessment for [the resident on that date].” While the use of an indwelling catheter as an approach under bowel and bladder habits was listed on the resident’s initial Plan of Care and its documented on the Admission Assessment Note, there is no documentation of its continued use.
As a part of the investigation, an interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing who “reviewed the record and said she did not see any diagnosis for the indwelling catheter in the medical record nor in order to change the catheter monthly and as needed.”
Herrin Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from exposure to infections, contaminations or contagious diseases while they were a resident at Integrity Healthcare of Herrin, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our nursing home neglect attorneys can assist you in moving your loved one into a safer environment in handle your claim for financial compensation to hold the facility and nursing staff financially and legally accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Williamson area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary. We accept all nursing home abuse, neglect and mistreatment claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case through a lawsuit trial or negotiated your financial out of court settlement.