A spread of infection in a nursing facility can cause significant harm to the residents or even claim their lives. The close proximity and shared environment of a nursing facility along with a resident’s compromised immune system makes them highly susceptible to a variety of it communicable infections including MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), C. diff (Clostridium difficile) and other harmful contagions. Unfortunately, the Bettendorf elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered serious harm caused by the spread of infection while residing in the facility.Iowa Masonic Health Facilities
Iowa Masonic Health Facilities is a 79-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating non-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa and Rock County, Illinois. The facility is a member of the Iowa Health Care Association. The Center is located at:
2500 Grant Street
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
Services provided by Iowa Masonic Health Facilities includes:
- Independent living
- Alzheimer’s and dementia care
- Around the clock skilled and intermediate nursing care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Medication supervision
Throughout the year, federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most current opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns of every facility in the United States. The information is then uploaded to various websites including Medicare.gov through a star rating summary system.
Currently, Iowa Masonic Health Facilities maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, and two out of five stars for both quality measures and health concerns. Our Bettendorf nursing home neglect attorneys found one serious deficiency with the facility that involves:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs and Investigate, Control or Keep Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to maintain infection control practices during one of two wound care procedures and two of four blood glucose procedures performed.” One incident involved a review of a resident’s 11/11/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) and 10/28/2015 Physician’s Orders that require “blood glucose test four times daily in the morning, noon, supper and bedtime.” In addition, the resident’s Nurse Care Plan “included a problem identified as insulin-dependent diabetes, with interventions that included blood glucose checks as ordered and as needed.”
However, during an observation of a staff member performing a blood glucose test on the resident at 8:16 AM on 11/17/2015, it was noted that the staff member used a “facility process glucometer (one glucometer use for all residents on the unit that required blood glucose test), and did not sanitize the glucometer before or after use.”
Observation of the staff member the following morning at 7:40 AM on 11/18/2015 revealed that the staff member “with gloves on, as she carried the glucometer from the room next to [the resident’s room], place the glucometer on top of the medication cart without a barrier, discarded disposable supplies, remove gloves, then place the glucometer inside the medication cart and did not sanitize it.”
The state investigator also noted that the staff member handled all wound care supplies for the resident and placed them on the resident’s “over bed table without a barrier.” The staff member then “started to cut through the rolled gauze that secured the heel dressing, stopped in the midst of cutting the dressing and cut the Skin Prep package and triple antibiotic ointment package as she wore the same gloves and with the same scissors and had not sanitize the scissors prior to that.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 9:15 AM on 11/19/2015 and was “asked about her expectations for staff when they perform wound care.” During the interview, the Director stated that the staff should “wash hands, don gloves. Remove the old dressing with scissors which she should wipe with alcohol white, remove the dressing put in a biohazard bag, follow the order to clean and measure the wound, document the assessment, remove the gloves, put on clean gloves to do the treatment, place a barrier before placing supplies on the table. Place a new dressing on, remove gloves wash hands, clean scissors with alcohol.”
A few minutes later at 9:50 AM on 11/19/2015 the Director stated that “a Sanicloth was used by staff to sanitize the glucometer after each use.”
If your loved one has suffered a facility-acquired infection that caused injury or death while residing in any nursing facility, including Iowa Masonic Health Facilities, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action to stop the harm now. Our Scott County elder abuse attorneys can assist you in building a solid case for financial recompense and take steps to hold those liable legally accountable for their actions.
We urge you to contact our Bettendorf Iowa nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. Because we provide all of our legal services through contingency fee agreements, no upfront fees are required. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.