Any spread of infection in a nursing home could jeopardize the health and well-being of every patient. Because of that, the management and nursing staff are required to analyze specific trends of infection in the facility to determine what actions can be taken to prevent exposure to infection, contaminants, bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow effective procedures and protocols, which is often to the detriment of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to residents of Illinois nursing skill facilities like Presence Merkle-Knipprath who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
Presence A Merkle - C Knipprath
This facility is a 99-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Clifton and Iroquois County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
1190 E. 2900 North Rd.
Clifton, IL 60927
In addition to providing short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, the facility also offers short-term respite care.
Clifton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains historical data of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Presence Merkle-Knipprath Independent Living maintains an overall one out of five available rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes two out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Iroquois County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Is Free from Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/23/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to " ensure supervision and use of assistive devices to prevent injury for [a resident] reviewed for accidents.” The state investigator noted that the failure by the nursing staff at Presence Merkle-Knipprath “resulted in a large laceration on the leg requiring hospital treatment with sutures.”
The deficient practice involved a resident at the facility diagnosed with “congestive heart failure, ascorbic acid deficiency, anxiety, and a history of a fractured femur.” The resident’s 03/20/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident is “moderately cognitively impaired and requires the extensive assistance of two staff for transfers.” In addition, the resident’s 04/06/2016 Care Plan revealed that the resident “does not ambulate… transfer with a mechanical lift for safety.”
The facility’s 05/01/2016 Resident Incident Report revealed that a “Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) reported a large laceration to the resident’s leg [...and] stated it happened during the transfer from a wheelchair to a bed.” As a result, the resident had a “laceration to the right lower leg on outer aspect measuring 12.0 centimeters by 5.5 centimeters with unknown depth” and was transferred to the hospital.
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/23/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "investigate and provide corrective actions related to resident infections. This failure has the potential to affect all 53 residents who reside in the facility.”
The state investigator also noted that the facility “failed to use sterile techniques when performing tracheostomy care [...and] also failed to ensure that respiratory equipment is maintained in a sanitary condition to prevent potential infections.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected to residents at the facility.
The facility provided the investigator the June 2015 through June 2016 resident focus-infection/antibiotic monitoring sheet.” The investigator recognized that “the sheets document name, infection treatment but do not document trending analysis of infections [...and] do not document methods used to investigate infections.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 06/23/2016 who stated that “she was not sure of analysis or tracking of infections [...and] stated it was the former Director of Nursing who was responsible for infection control.” The facility’s Administrator was interviewed that same afternoon and stated that the former Director of Nursing “should have been training and analyzing the infection of the resident’s for the facility” in accordance with the facility’s 06/20/2016 Infection Control Program Policy that reads in part:
“The infection control program is … to identify and reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting infections.”
Clifton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing at Presence Merkle-Knipprath, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can provide numerous legal options on how to obtain financial compensation and hold those responsible for your loved one’s harm both financially and legally accountable.
We urge you to contact our Iroquois County elder abuse law office today at 888 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case review. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary because we accept all nursing home abuse/neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have won your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.