Any spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility could compromise the health and well-being of all patients. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures, protocols, and policies that minimize the exposure to bacteria, viruses, infections and contaminants to patients, nursing staff, employees, and visitors. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures, which is often highly detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to injured, neglected and abused residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Presence Our Lady of Victory.
Presence Our Lady of Victory
This facility is a ‘not for profit’ church-related Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Bourbonnais and Kankakee County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating 107-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
20 Briarcliff Lane
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
In addition to providing independent and assistant living options, the Presence Life Connection Health Care System-associated facility also offers short-stay rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, memory care, hospice, home care, adult day care and supportive/community living solutions.
Bourbonnais Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations. This data can be reviewed on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Presence Our Lady of Victory maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for both health inspections and staffing issues, and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Kankakee County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Acceptable Standards of Care That Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/18/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that handwashing was performed during wound care for residents.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure the isolation cart for infected residents contained personal protective equipment (PPE).” The deficient practices by the nursing staff affected four residents at the facility “reviewed for wound care and infection control practices.”
One failure was first noted after reviewing a resident’s August 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing that in August 2016, a telephone order from the physician was documented “to clean the sacrum with normal saline and apply DuoDERM every three days.
An observation was made at 1:40 PM on 08/17/2016 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “was observed performing wound care treatment on [the resident].” The LPN was assisted by a Certified Nursing Assistant who helped position the resident “on her left side while being held by [the CNA].” After removing the wound dressing, the resident “had a bowel movement.”
The Licensed Practical Nurse “washed her hands, donned on gloves, and sprayed and cleansed the sacral wound with normal saline [solution]. The LPN then changed her gloves without handwashing.” The Licensed Practical Nurse then “dabbed the wound with dry gauze, and change gloves without handwashing. The right-hand glove ripped at the wrist and a strip was left hanging while [the LPN] was putting on the glove.” At that time, the LPN “did not change the right-hand glove and the strip was touching the buttock” while the Licensed Practical Nurse “finished applying the DuoDERM.
An additional observation was made at 1:45 PM on 08/17/2016 when the Wound Treatment Nurse “provided wound care for [a different resident].” Wearing gloves, the wound treatment nurse “removed the old dressing and cleanse the wound per physician’s orders [...and] then changed her gloves without washing her hands, followed by measuring the wound.”
The wound treatment nurse then changed gloves again without washing her hands, then proceeded to place the new dressing on the wound.” Upon interview, the Wound Treatment Nurse stated “Oh, yeah, I should have washed my hands, even though I was wearing gloves.” The actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 03/31/2013 policy titled: Non-Sterile Dressing Change that reads in part:
“Remove gloves, wash hands and apply new gloves.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “follow standard infection control practices with regards to handwashing/hygiene, glove changing and sanitation of glucometer machines, during provisions of care.
Bourbonnais Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your spouse, parents or grandparents has had any sign or symptom of avoidable infections while residing at Presence Our Lady of Victory, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers immediately. Allow our reputable Bourbonnais attorneys to handle and resolve your case involving abuse, mistreatment, and neglect that occurred in a nursing home in Illinois.
We urge you to contact our Kankakee County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your no-obligation comprehensive case evaluation and review, free of charge. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary because we accept every nursing home abuse cases/claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.