many nursing home residents suffer urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to neglect or mistreatment by incompetent staff members Many elders are highly susceptible to UTIs due to their compromised immune systems. As a result, doctors often prescribe a catheter to assist them in urinating. Unfortunately, the Monticello elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered urinary tract infections due to poor hygiene, insufficient care, and unsanitary conditions.
Many family members are unaware that their loved one is suffering from a urinary tract infection until it causes life-threatening conditions. The most common signs and indicators include:
- The frequent urge to urinate
- Strong odors when urinating
- Bladder bacteria in the urine
- An intense burning sensation during urination
- Frequently passing only minimal amounts of urine while voiding
Piatt County nursing home is a County Government owned 100-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Monticello and Piatt County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1111 North State ST
Monticello, Illinois 61856
The government-owned facility provides services which include around the clock skilled nursing care for both long term and short term patients, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, wound care, and respite care. The home offers physical, occupational and speech therapies along with in-house lab and in-house x-ray services.Monticello Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, state and federal government agencies routinely update their nursing home databases in an effort to provide families a comparative tool when placing a loved one in a nursing home. The updated information is posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Piatt County Nursing Home maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health concerns and staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Monticello nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened complaints, filed investigations, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Facility-Acquired Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/02/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide necessary interventions to prevent skin breakdown for [a resident at the facility] review for pressure sore risks.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Piatt County Nursing Home was first documented on 03/07/2015 in the resident’s Nurse’s Notes revealing that when transferred to the hospital emergency room, the resident was noted with a stage one or two lesions on their right buttock [requiring assessment] by a wound nurse for treatment. The nurse’s notes do not document an assessment for the pressure sore was completed at that time.”
Approximately three weeks later at 1:00 PM on 03/31/2015, two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) mechanically transferred [the resident] using the [facility double sling equipment device. At that time,] a dime size open, red and draining sore was noted on [the resident’s] right gluteal fold. Surrounding [the resident’s] sore were multiple opened excoriated areas with redness.”
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Entering the Nursing Facility without a Catheter Is Not Provided a Catheter and Instead Receives Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/02/2015, 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 failing to keep the urinary drainage bag below the level of the bladder and off the floor.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Piatt County Nursing Home affected two residents at the facility reviewed for indwelling urinary catheter care.
The state investigator noted that the resident’s 11/04/2014 Care Plan documents that the resident “has an indwelling catheter [as provided by a physician’s orders and that their March 15,2015 Specimen Report revealed that the resident’s] urine culture greater than 100,000 colonies of Staphylococcus aureus.
During an observation of the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) providing catheter care to the resident at 1:00 PM on 03/31/2015 it was noted that “after cleansing [the resident’s] perineal area [both CNAs by preparing to turn the resident] to her left side to finish cares. At that time, [one CNA] lifted the catheter drainage bag from the bed frame and left the bag above the level of [the resident’s] bladder. Urine in the catheter back flowed into [the resident’s] bladder.” The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Infection Control Nurse on 04/01/2015 who stated that “the catheter should not be listed above the level the bladder because it can cause Urinary Tract Infections.”
If you suspect your loved one is suffered life-threatening urinary tract infection while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Piatt County nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our team of dedicated Monticello elder abuse attorneys works tirelessly on every personal injury case by investigating the claim, reviewing medical records, consulting with experts, speaking with nursing home staff members and filing lawsuits when necessary.
We encourage you to contact our Piatt County nursing home neglect law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Through contingency fee arrangements, we provide immediate legal representation without the need of any upfront payment.