Uncontrolled infectious diseases allowed to spread throughout a nursing home can place the health and well-being of every resident in the facility in immediate jeopardy. In some cases, the nursing facility resident exposed to infectious contaminants must be transported immediately to a hospital to receive emergent care. Unfortunately, the Newman elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where their clients have suffered a worsening condition caused by inattentive staff members or nurses who failed to follow regulated protocols involving contagious infections.
Any failure to follow procedures and protocols to minimize the spread of infection throughout a nursing facility can produce life-threatening conditions that include:
- Septic shock
- Extreme dehydration
- Renal failure
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
- Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
- Urinary tract infection
Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 60-certified bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating Petersen Health Care System facility providing services to residents of Newman and Douglas County, Illinois. The center is located at:
418 S. Memorial Park Dr.
Newman, Illinois 61942
The facility’s rehabilitation services are provided through their Pathways Program. Other services offered are Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and skilled nursing.Newman Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Annually, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update the nursing home databases to include new information on opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints involving facilities all throughout the US. The updated information is posted on various websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available stars in the national star rating summary system compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health concerns, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for staffing issues. Our Newman nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/25/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "use the appropriate effective disinfectant for cleaning the room and equipment.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center involved one resident at the facility “in isolation for Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection.”
The failure was first revealed by physician ordered laboratory test showing that the resident tested positive on 06/14/2015 for Clostridium difficile. At 12:50 PM on 06/22/2015, the resident was observed in “the dining room with a walker and stand-by assist.” The following morning at 10:00 AM on 06/23/2015, the resident “was in the activity area participating in an activity.” At 11:20 AM, the resident “was in the Therapy department working with [a facility occupational therapist] on a piece of equipment.”
Just after noon, the Occupational Therapist “stated that they do a wipe down therapy equipment following use by [that resident using a product provided] store-brand disinfectant wipe that was ammonia based, not bleach based.” However, the state investigator noted that the product label “did not identify its effectiveness against [Clostridium difficile].”
The investigator noted that the facility’s 10/17/2011 policy title Clostridium Difficile Infection directs employees at Newman Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center “Implement an Environmental Cleaning using a 1:10 bleach solution (1-part bleach to 9 parts water) to be completed daily, paying special attention to the bathroom area, handwashing areas, mattresses, floor and other hard surfaces.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment That Is Safe, Easy-To-Use, Clean, and Comfortable
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/25/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the hot water for resident use was 110 degrees Fahrenheit or below.” The state investigator noted that the failure by the nursing staff, Administrator and Maintenance Supervisor “has the potential to affect all 44 residents in the facility.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Maintenance Supervisor 2:40 PM on 06/22/2015 who said that “the facility has one residential hot water distribution system [...and] one source for resident hot water. The system has an in-line thermometer that registered 120 degrees Fahrenheit.” The investigator noted that “the hot water at the shower and the laboratory in the West Hall shower room registered 120 degrees Fahrenheit [… as did] the hot water at the laboratory in the resident toilet room behind the nurse’s station was 124 degrees Fahrenheit.”
An interview with the Certified Nursing Assistant on 06/22/2015 at 12:00 PM it was revealed that while providing incontinence care, using a resident’s “bathroom sink to wash her hands [the CNA] stated, ‘that water really gets hot.’ The hot water at the sink felt hot to touch at the time.”
If you are concerned that your loved one has been mistreated or neglected while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, don’t hesitate to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757. Our team of reputable Douglas County elder abuse lawyers accepts personal claims for compensation on contingency, to avoid the need of our clients paying upfront fees.