Many nursing home residents need to wear an indwelling urinary catheter to better control their incontinence while at the later stages of their life, because of their disability or while rehabilitating. However, without proper care, the indwelling urinary catheter can become contaminated and expose the resident to unnecessary infection. Unfortunately, the Mattoon elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who suffered unnecessary infections due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff providing indwelling urinary catheter care.
The state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies enforce guidelines, policies, and procedures on how to handle catheter care. Sadly, many nursing facilities failed to train their staff on how to provide the highest level of sanitary care or lack the supervision to monitor their actions. As a result, the health and well-being of many residents who require incontinence care and indwelling urinary catheter care suffer from unnecessary urinary tract infections.Odd Fellow – Rebekah Home
Odd Fellow – Rebekah Home is a 162-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nonprofit corporate continuing care retirement community providing services to residents of Mattoon and Coles County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
201 Lafayette Avenue East
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Services at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home include restorative therapy, skilled nursing, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and independent living.Mattoon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
to ensure that every family has adequate information to make the best decision before placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update the nursing home databases. The information reflects the most currently opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints at every facility nationwide. The results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Odd Fellow – Rebekah Home maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system/comparative analysis tool. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Mattoon nursing home neglect attorneys found a serious deficiency involving the facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Receives Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/28/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "prevent cross-contamination during indwelling urinary catheter care and perineal care.” The investigator also noted that the facility:
“Failed to cleanse the urinary meatus during catheter care”
“Failed to maintain an indwelling urinary catheter drainage bag off the floor”
“Failed to ensure an indwelling urinary catheter was secured to prevent excessive tension on the catheter”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Odd Fellow – Rebekah Home affected one cognitively impaired resident at the facility who “requires extensive assistance with hygiene”.
The failures were first documented at 3:10 PM on 10/26/2015 when two Certified Nursing Aides “prepared to transfer [the resident] from her wheelchair to her bed to perform catheter and perineal care.” One Certified Nursing Assistant removed the resident’s “indwelling urinary catheter drainage bag from [the resident’s] wheelchair and placed catheter bag on the floor [before picking up] catheter bag and assisting [the resident] to lay down in her bed.”
The surveyor noted that at that time, the resident’s “catheter was not secured.” The other Certified Nursing Assistant “that performed catheter care by wiping down [the resident’s] urinary catheter three times with the same washcloth [...and] did not cleanse the catheter near the urinary meatus or change the area of the washcloth used after each wipe.” It was also noted that the CNA “then used a clean washcloth to wipe across [the resident’s] groin in front perineal area several times when changing the area on the washcloth [before turning the resident] on to her side and cleansing [the resident’s] rectal area without changing the area of the washcloth or obtaining a clean washcloth [...and then wiping the resident’s] front perineal area and the catheter tubing with the contaminated washcloth.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses at 1:30 PM 10/28/2015 who stated that “she would expect her staff to follow the facility policy for catheter perineal care. A review of the facility’s 08/01/2005 Catheter Care/Incontinent Care Policy and the facility’s 02/01/2010 Catheter Protocol Policy that reads in part:
“Cleanse the area of insertion of the catheter into the meatus using a clean washcloth, use a clean washcloth for each swipe.”
“The collection bag for catheters care shall be taken to avoid contact of the drainage tube with anything that could contaminate it. Catheters may be stabilized by using leg bands or by taking the catheter to prevent meatal tugging.”
If your loved one was injured by a preventable urinary tract infection while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Odd Fellow – Rebekah Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your damages. Our Coles County elder abuse attorneys can ensure your loved one’s rights are protected throughout the process of holding those responsible for their harm legally accountable.
We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need of you paying an upfront fee. contact our Mattoon Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive, free case consultation.