Many families entrust their loved one to competent nursing staff members knowing that as professionals, they will provide care in a safe and sanitized environment. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer serious injuries due to the spread of infection that could have been prevented had the nursing staff followed procedures and protocols at the level of acceptable standards of care. Sadly, the Davenport elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered serious infections caused by the negligent actions of nurses, wound nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Aides.
By law, every nursing facility is required to develop, implement and enforce policies that avoid the spread of infection and contamination. Even so, without proper training or a high level of supervision, many nurses fail to follow established protocols that are known to minimize the potential of spreading life-threatening infections that include:
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
- C. diff (Clostridium difficile)
- Helicobacter pylori
- UTI (urinary tract infection)
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores; pressure wounds; decubitus ulcers; pressure sores)
- Herpes zoster (shingles)
- Influenza (flu)
- Gastrointestinal infection
- Scabies (ectoparasitic-infestation)
ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge is a 120-certified bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Davenport/Scott County, Iowa and Moline/Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3800 Commerce Blvd.
Davenport, IA 52807
In addition to providing nursing home care, Manor Care Health Services – Utica Ridge offers assisted living, independent living, rehabilitation and dementia care.Davenport Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their databases to reflect the most current opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns involving facilities in the United States. The information is then posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov, through their comparative star rating summary system tool.
Currently, ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge maintains an overall four out of five available star rating when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and three out of five stars for health concerns. Our Davenport nursing home neglect attorneys have found one serious deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/07/2016, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow proper infection control technique during dressing changes.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge affected three residents at the facility.
The failure was first observed at 11:00 AM on 04/05/2016 during a routine observation of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) cutting “the old dressing off the resident’s right lower extremity with scissors.” The Licensed Practical Nurse “place the scissors on the resident’s bed without a barrier [before cleaning and measuring] the wounds to the resident’s right lower extremity.” At that time the blue dressing material.”
During a different observation with another resident, the Wound Nurse at 12:43 PM on 04/05/2016 “gathered supplies and place them on a towel covering an over the bed table, included in the supplies was a pair of scissors in a plastic bag. With gloved hands, [the Wound Nurse] took the scissors out of the plastic bag and cut the old dressing to the resident’s right lower leg. Observation revealed the dressing had a large area of serosanguinous (red tinged] drainage.” The Wound Nurse then “laid the scissors on towel barrier on the bed under the resident’s right leg [before proceeding] to remove more of the dressing covering the right leg and cleansed the area.” The investigator noted that during the process, the Wound Nurse “wash hands and change gloves as needed.”
However, once the Wound Nurse cleansed a different wound on the right lateral ankle, they “took the soiled scissors off the towel on the bed and cut the Silver Alginate dressing to fit into the wound on the lateral right ankle and laid the scissors back down on the towel.” The investigator noted that the wound nurse kept using the scissors without sanitizing them before throwing them away at the end of the procedure.
The investigator interviewed the Wound Nurse at 3:20 PM on 04/06/2016 who stated that “they used a single pair of scissors for each resident when doing wound care, cutting dressings and then throw the scissors away.” The Wound Nurse “did admit the resident had a large amount of drainage to the dressing when cutting the old dressing off [...and] agreed it made sense for the scissors to be clean when going from soiled to clean areas.”
If your loved one has suffered an unnecessary facility-acquired infection while residing at ManorCare Health Services – Utica Ridge, or any other nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide a variety of legal options to hold those responsible legally accountable. Our team of Scott County elder abuse lawyers can assist you in obtaining the financial recompense your family deserves.
To successfully resolve your financial compensatory claim, we urge you to contact our Davenport Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, private consultation to discuss the merits of your case. We accept all nursing home abuse and negligence cases on contingency to avoid the need for an upfront payment.