When the medical team in a nursing home fails to follow procedures and protocols involving contagious viruses and bacteria, infections can spread rapidly throughout the facility. The close living arrangements in a shared environment produces a hotbed for spreading infections contaminants that can harm, injure or even cause the death of the residents. Unfortunately, the Lake Zurich elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many family members who have lost a loved one in a nursing facility due to a preventable spread of infection.
Statistics released by the school of nursing at Columbia University from information collected between 2006 and 2012 revealed an increase in the spread of infectious diseases and nursing home settings that include:
- Viral hepatitis
- Wound infections including bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers)
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
- C. diff (Clostridium difficile)
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Lexington of Lake Zurich is a part of the Lexington Health Network. The Medicaid/Medicare-Participating 203-certified bed facility provides nursing services to residents of Lake Zurich and Lake County, Illinois. The care Center is located at:
900 South Rand Road
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047
Post-acute care and skilled nursing services provided include:
- Cardiac rehab
- Pulmonary rehab
- Orthopedic rehab
- Wound care
- Physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapy
- Memory care
- Respite care
Throughout the year, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their databases to reflect recent information on opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations occurring in nursing facilities in every community nationwide. The updated information is then posted on various websites including Medicare.gov, including on their comparative tool star rating summary system web page.
Currently, Lexington of Lake Zurich maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health concerns. However, our Lake Zurich nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs and Investigate, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure that staff members removed the contaminated gloves before touching other surfaces to prevent the spread of infection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Lexington of Lake Zurich affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
The failure was first noted at 11:51 AM on 07/07/2015 when two Certified Nursing Assistant (CNAs) “performed incontinence and catheter care [to a resident while cleaning] a small amount of stool from [the resident’s] buttocks. With the same contaminated gloves, [the CNA] opened the bedside drawer and took out the barrier cream and applied cream to [the resident’s buttocks before cleaning the resident’s] front perineal area. With the same contaminated gloves, [the CNA put on the resident’s] incontinent brief, pulled up her pants and put on pressure relieving boots.
The state investigator interviewed one of the Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care who admitted that “you should change your gloves after performing incontinence care.” The investigator noted that the resident’s 07/04/2015 Catheter Plan of Care revealed that the resident “is at risk for urinary tract infections with an intervention to have good handwashing before and after care.
- Failure to Provide Assistance to Residents Requiring Additional Help with Eating/Drinking, Grooming and Personal and Oral Hygiene
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide peri-care for an incontinent resident in a timely manner.” The investigation involved a review of the resident’s 07/03/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that shows that the resident “is always incontinent and requires extensive assistance with toileting.”
Upon observation at 2:20 PM on 07/06/2015, it was noted that two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) were assisting the resident “to transfer from his wheelchair to his bed. As [the resident] stood up, the back of his sweatpants were saturated with urine.” The investigator asked the Certified Nursing Assistant how long the resident “had been up in his wheelchair and [the CNA] stated, ‘On Mondays, he goes to Catholic Church so he did not lay down after breakfast’.” The Certified Nursing Assistant said that they “got him up this morning about 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM (approximately seven hours earlier)” and had not provided any assistance with toileting since then.
If your loved one has suffered injury or death caused by the spread of infection at any Illinois nursing facility, including Lexington of Lake Zurich, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can protect your rights to compensation for your losses, damages or injury. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys can take immediate actions to ensure your loved one receives the highest level of medical care by train medical teams who specialize in infectious diseases, even at your loved one’s nursing home bedside.
To ensure a successful resolution to your financial compensation claim, we urge you to contact our Lake Zurich nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free, private consultation. All nursing home cases are accepted on contingency, so no upfront payment is required.