Exposure to highly contaminated infections like Clostridium difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other communicable diseases can place the health and well-being of an Illinois nursing home patient in immediate jeopardy. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols that ensure residents are protected from cross-contamination. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train and continuously monitor the actions of their Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, which is often highly detrimental to the well-being of patients. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg who have suffered life-threatening infections that could have been prevented.
Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg
This facility is a 180-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Galesburg and Knox County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved Nursing Center is located at:
1250 West Carl Sandburg Drive
Galesburg, IL 61401
Galesburg Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations that is regularly updated by the state of Illinois and the federal government. This information can be used to make a well-informed decision of which nursing facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
Currently, Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg maintains an overall three out of five available star rating. The Knox County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located various safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the nursing home’s failure to “ensure nursing staff perform hand hygiene procedures to prevent potential cross contamination while providing cares for [four residents] reviewed for infection control.”
Observations were made of two Certified Nursing Assistants on 05/25/2016 who “washed their hands and applied gloves then applied protective personal equipment (PPE) transferred [the resident who was in isolation for Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a highly contagious infectious disease] onto the toilet.” Lowered the resident pants “in soiled incontinence brief and sat [the resident] onto the toilet [while the resident was] incontinent of stool.” One Certified Nursing Assistant “left the bathroom and took the soiled incontinent pad out [of the resident’s] wheelchair placing it into the garbage bag and water soluble bag.”
Upon returning to the bathroom, the CNA “picked up the soiled clothes and placed them into a bag with the other soiled linens.” While still wearing the same soiled gloves, the CNA “went to [the resident’s] closet, took out clean clothes, an incontinent brief, and incontinent wipes." Both CNAs continued to perform incontinence care and perineal care using the “same soiled gloves pulled up the clean incontinent brief, and transferred [the resident] back into the wheelchair.” It was only then that the Certified Nursing Assistant’s “took off the gloves and wash their hands.”
The state investigator noted that the actions the nursing staff failed to follow the facility November 1998 policy titled: Infection Control Protocols and the facility’s September 2014 policy titled Infection Control: Hand Washing that read in part:
“Hands and other skin surfaces will be washed immediately after contamination.”
“Times to perform hand hygiene: Before and after providing resident care including bathing, oral care, incontinence care, catheter care, any direct contact with the resident…, before and after assisting a resident with toileting…”
“Remove gloves promptly after use, before touching non-contaminated items, and environmental surfaces, and before going to another resident. Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/12/2016, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure contact isolation precautions were followed.” In addition, the investigator noted the facility’s failure “to perform hand hygiene before and after range of motion exercises for [one resident] reviewed for specialized rehabilitation.” The investigator noted that “this failure has the potential to affect all 33 residents who reside in the facility 600, 700 and 800 halls.”
Even though the resident’s room had a “bright orange sign posted on the door instructing visitors to report to the nurse’s station prior to entering [the resident’s] room,” a Certified Nursing Assistant was observed entering the resident’s room to assist the resident “with range of motion exercises [but] did not perform hand hygiene or apply a gown and gloves prior to entering [the resident’s] room.”
Galesburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely while a patient at Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our team of nursing home attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolving financial claims for compensation against all parties who caused nursing home patients harm, injury or a preventable death.
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