Any spread of infection in a nursing facility could potentially be catastrophic to one or all the residents who share an enclosed environment in a tight confining space. To minimize the potential spread, nursing staff are required to follow strict procedures and protocols when providing all levels of health medical and hygiene care. Unfortunately, not all nurses and nurse’s aides are provided the highest level of training to control the spread of infection. Sadly, the Harvard Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many cases where residents have suffered preventable infections caused by the negligent actions of the staff.
Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center
Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center is a 34-certified bed hospital-associated non-profit facility providing services to residents of Harvard and McHenry County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility is located at:
901 South Grant
Harvard, Illinois 60033
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Mercy Harvard Care Center also offers inpatient rehabilitation, respite care and short and long-term care.
Harvard Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are placing a loved one in the best facility in their community who requires the highest level of skilled nursing care, they often search federal and state nursing home database systems that provide the most current information. Numerous sites, including Medicare.gov, provide access to the history of opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns.
Currently, Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes five stars for health inspections, staffing issues and quality measures. However, our Harvard Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Take Appropriate Measures to Contain the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/02/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "prevent cross-contamination by not removing their gloves and not washing hands before touching other clean surfaces.”
The deficient practice was first noted during an observation at 9:20 AM on 12/02/2014 when a Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) entered a resident’s “room to help her off the toilet.” The resident “was lifted off the toilet with a sit-to-stand lift.” The Certified Nursing Assistant then “sprayed foaming cleanser on [the resident’s] buttocks and wiped stool with a piece of the toilet paper.”
The CNA then pulled the resident’s “incontinence briefs and pants up. With contaminated gloves still on, [the CNA open the resident’s] dresser drawer and put the foaming cleanser away [...and] grabbed the wheelchair and moved it closer to the bathroom door [...and] grasped the handles of the sit-to-stand lift and moved the lift to [the resident’s] wheelchair [...and] lowered [the resident] into the wheelchair.” The investigator noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant continued on assisting the resident and touching multiple services with contaminated gloves.
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center failed to follow the facility’s 02/12/2014 (revised) Hand Hygiene Policy that reads in part:
“Indications for hand washing with soap and water [includes] when moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site during patient care.”
- Failure to Provide a Level of Care That Maintains the Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/05/2012, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure the dignity and personal choice of [residents were respected] by applying yellow wristbands with bold black lettering reading ‘Fall Risk’.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s May 2011 policy titled: Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“For all residents who score at a high-risk level… Attach yellow stars to the outside of the resident’s room on the door frame [...and] place a yellow armband on the resident.”
At 12:15 PM on 12/28/2011, the resident stated that “This yellow bracelet is on my wrist because they think I might fall. I don’t like it and don’t want to wear it. I don’t think I’ll fall. I’m in a wheelchair and there is always someone here with me, my wife.” Another resident at the facility stated at 1:10 PM on the same day that “this band, for fall risk, was just put on in the Chicago Hospital. I don’t think I was asked if I wanted it. My shirt covers it most of the time, so it’s not so bad.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing about the yellow bands who stated “let me ask the nurse if residents are asked before the yellow band is applied. I’m sure we ask the residents.”
Harvard Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been harmed, injured, neglected or mistreated while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal intervention. Our McHenry County elder abuse attorneys can handle every aspect of obtaining financial compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages.
Contact our Harvard Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free, case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need of paying an upfront fee.