Infections can spread rapidly through the enclosed environment of a tightknit community inside a nursing facility. The nursing staff and employees failed to continuously follow procedures and protocols, any resident with a compromised immune system can suffer life-threatening infections from harmful contaminants. Unfortunately, the Mason City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered catastrophic injuries caused by infections acquired inside the nursing home due to the negligent actions of the staff.
A nonsterile environment increases the frequency of spreading infections from one resident to another resident. Often times, the resident will suffer organ damage, bone loss or other serious injury caused by nonsterile equipment, soiled environments, cross-contamination or when the medical team fails to diagnose infected wounds and bedsores in a timely manner.Mason City Area Nursing Home
Mason City Area Nursing Home is a 66-certified bed non-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Mason City and Mason County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
520 N. Price Ave.
Mason City, Illinois 62664
Services provided at Mason City Area Nursing Home encompass:
- Long and short term skilled nursing care
- Hospice care
- Respite care
- Restorative therapies: physical, occupational, speech
- Restore-to-Home outpatient therapy
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Sport-related injury rehabilitation
As a part of the annual licensure and certification program, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update the nursing home databases to reflect opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on facilities nationwide. The results of their investigations and inspections are posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Mason City Area Nursing Home maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared with other facilities throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for health concerns, four out of five stars for staffing issues, and three out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Mason City nursing home neglect attorneys have found some safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections and Allow the Residents to Restore Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/23/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "maintain a sterile environment during the insertion of an indwelling urinary catheter.” The deficient practice of the nursing staff at Mason City Area Nursing Home affected one resident “reviewed for indwelling urinary catheters.”
The failure was first noted at 12:32 PM on 10/22/2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) entered the resident’s “room to change [the resident’s] suprapubic catheter.” At that time, the LPN “placed on clean gloves in order to lay out the sterile field to work off. While wearing sterile gloves, [the LPN] picked up [the resident’s] catheter which was still in the original packaging, contaminating the sterile gloves [… before placing] the catheter, in the nonsterile packaging, down on the sterile field to obtain a new pair of sterile gloves, contaminating the sterile field. While wearing sterile gloves, [the LPN] squeezed the tube of lubricant onto the now contaminated sterile field. Prior to inserting the suprapubic catheter, [the LPN] dip the tip of the catheter, three times, into the lubricant that was laying in the nonsterile field [… before inserting] the contaminated catheter into [the resident’s] suprapubic site.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the LPN failed to follow the facility’s 02/16/2010 policy titled: Catheterization-Suprapubic Insertion Policy that states in part: “Open sterile wrap to provide a sterile field.” During an interview after the incident, the Licensed Practical Nurse stated “the suprapubic catheter insertion is a sterile procedure. I didn’t realize I laid that sterile area.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control or Keep Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/23/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow its policies on handwashing and glove use during incontinence care.” This deficient practice involved two residents at the facility “reviewed for incontinence care.”
This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Mason City Area Nursing Home was first documented at 10:10 AM on 10/20/2015 upon observation of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing catheter care to a resident. The investigator noted that the CNA completed the catheter care, reposition the resident, pulled up the side rail and transfer the resident from the bed to the wheelchair, all while using “the same contaminated gloves.”
If you believe your loved one has suffered from a preventable infection while residing at Mason City Area Nursing Home or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take quick appropriate measures to stop the abuse now. Our Mason County elder abuse attorneys can provide various legal options to assist you in seeking the financial recompense your family deserves.
We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only after we win your case at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement. We urge you to contact our Mason City Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today to schedule a free, no-obligation full case evaluation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim.