Attorneys for Patients Mistreated at Mather Pavilion
The Chicago nursing home injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to providing information about patient safety at Mather Pavilion. Our law firm believes that the more information you and your family has about nursing facilities enables you to make more informed decisions. Below you will find information on Mather Pavilion obtained via public records.
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Mather Pavilion is a Medicare-participating 37-certified bed nursing facility providing residential care in Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
820 Foster St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Every nursing facility in Illinois is required to provide the highest level of care and services to each resident to ensure their safety and well-being. Unfortunately, the nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (888-424-5757) routinely handle cases of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment that occurred at even the best facilities statewide.
Mater Pavilion is home to dozens of senior citizens and recuperating patients in need of daily assistance. According to publicly available data from the nursing home regulatory agency, the patients at The Mather Pavilion are generally admitted for:
- Alzheimer Disease
- Blood Disorders
- Nervous System
- Circulatory System
- Respiratory System
- Digestive System
- Genitourinary System Disorders
- Skin Disorders
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Mental Illness
- Other Medical Conditions
- Non-Medical Conditions
Nursing Home Patient Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each long-term care facility in the state can be obtained on government-run websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards at nursing homes statewide.
The nursing home survey conducted by the IDPH revealed various situations where the staff of The Mather Pavilion provided inadequate care by neglecting to follow cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The situation could be legally considered as nursing home negligence. The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, violations, and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce a Program That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection From Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 2, 2015, the state investigator documented the facility's failure “to follow the standards of infection control by failing to perform handwashing per facility policy and sanitizing blood glucose monitoring machines [before and after] use.” The deficient practice has affected two residents at the facility who were “reviewed for infection control.”
The findings were noted at 12:50 PM on March 31, 2015, when a Registered Nurse entered a resident's room “to administer Deep Sea Nasal Spray 0.65%.” The Registered Nurse “washed her hands for three seconds, gloved [her hands] and administered the nasal spray.”
A second finding was identified at 2:30 PM on March 31, 2015, when a resident “had a bowel movement and [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] performed incontinent care.” The CNA “cleaned some of the bowel movement, removed or gloves, washed her hands for five seconds and donned a new pair of gloves.” The CNA “continued to clean the resident from more bowel movements [and] used the same gloves to place the new incontinence brief on [the resident. The CNA's] gloved hands came into contact with [the resident's] pants and shirt [before removing] her gloves and washing her hands for five seconds.”
A different Registered Nurse was making a medication pass in the early hours of April 1, 2015, when the RN “placed her bangs in a clip [then prepared the resident's] Humalog insulin without performing hand hygiene.” The RN “then coughed into her left hand and continued to handle the syringe with the resident's insulin medication [without ever performing] hand hygiene.” The RN then enter the resident's “room and washed her hands for three seconds.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurse entered a resident's room to use a mechanical lift on the morning of April 1, 2015. Both staff members failed to “wash their hands prior to assisting [the resident].” The CNA then “removed her gloves [and] washed her hands for five seconds.” The same Registered Nurse administered medication to a different resident approximately 34 minutes later and “did not perform hand hygiene [before] spoon feeding [the resident] his medications.”
That same morning, the first Registered Nurse crushed a resident's medications before entering the resident's room and “did not perform hand hygiene, applied gloves and then spoon fed [the resident] her medications.” Earlier in the morning, this Registered Nurse “indicated that she was going to perform a blood glucose monitoring test on [a resident in the facility while pulling] a black zippered case out of her medication cart and indicated that [the resident] has her own machine.”
However, the Registered Nurse failed to “sanitize the blood glucose machine prior to use [and] entered the room and washed her hands for three seconds. After performing the blood glucose test [on the resident, the Registered Nurse] did not sanitize the machine [and] placed the blood glucose monitoring machine back into the black zippered case and placed it] in her medication cart. The following morning, the same Registered Nurse “prepared to perform a blood glucose test on a different resident” who “does not have his own machine and that the machine was a [house-owned] blood glucose monitoring machine” meaning “it can be used on other residents.” The RN then entered a different resident's room “to perform the test [and] did not sanitize the blood glucose monitoring machine after use [nor before storing] the machine away in the medication cart.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility Assistant Director of Nursing on the afternoon of April 1, 2015, stated that “they should wash their hands for 20 seconds.” The Assistant Director also stated the next morning “we use (bleach) wipes. We clean them before and after we utilize them. We wiped glucometers down and leave it for three minutes. We sanitize than even though the residents have their own machines. The staff is trained to sanitize glucometers before and after use.”
The state investigator noted that the facility had failed to follow their April 1, 2013 policy titled Hand Hygiene that documents:
- “Perform hand hygiene: Before having direct contact with patients, after contact with the patient's in tax skin, after removing gloves, before and after invasive procedures, before and after medication preparation and administration.”
- “Guidelines for performing hand hygiene include but are not limited to: When washing hands was soap and water: Rub hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers.”
The investigator also documented that the facility had failed to file their April 1, 2013 policy titled Glucometers Quality Control Testing and Cleaning that clearly documents:
“The glucometer is disinfected after each use using (disinfected wipe) or other approved cleaner noted in the manufacturer's guidelines.”
Evanston, Illinois Nursing Home Attorneys Prosecuted Cases Involving Mather Pavilion
The Illinois nursing home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in providing families and individuals who have been subjected to any form of abuse or substandard patient care with the legal counsel they require. We have handled numerous nursing home lawsuits involving the following situations:
- Bed Sores / Pressure Pores
- Repeated Falls
- Dropped Patients
- Medication Errors
- Physical Abuse
- Patient Wandering
- Wrongful Death
If you and your family believe your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injuries or was harmed while residing at Mather Pavilion, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Evanston Illinois attorneys represent clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their long-term care facility.
Our law firm encourages you to call (888) 424-5757 and speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Payment of our fees is postponed until after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial.