The spread of infection in a nursing facility could place the health and well-being of all residents in immediate jeopardy. By law, nursing facilities have a legal obligation to take every possible action and follow procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of infection of everyone. Unfortunately, the Lincoln elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many cases where residents have suffered life-threatening changes to their health caused by contagious infections brought on by the lack of proper training of the nursing staff.
Without appropriate measures, any nursing facility can become the ideal breeding ground for the spread of contaminants and infections. Many common infections in nursing facilities are caused by:
- Unsanitary environments
- Poorly trained nursing staff and employees
- A lack of adequate staff
- Mismanagement and a lack of supervision
- A lack of monitoring
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Poor hygiene
- Post-operative and post-surgery negligence
- A lack of medical resources
Because of the overcrowded conditions of many nursing facilities, residents are subjected to contagious infections, especially those are highly susceptible due to a compromised immune system or chronic disease. Infections can lead to a variety of conditions including bedsores, pressure ulcers, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), urinary tract infections (UTIs), C. diff (Clostridium difficile), Scabies (contagious skin infection) and E. coli.
Saint Clara’s Manor
Saint Clara’s manor is a 140-certified bed non-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents in Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois. The Manor is located at:
200 Fifth Street
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
The services provided at Saint Clara’s Manor include:
- Skilled nursing for short and long term
- Restorative therapy: physical, occupational, and speech
- Hospice care
- Respite care
Lincoln Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update the nursing facility databases in an effort to reflect newly investigated complaints, safety concerns and health violations in nursing homes throughout the United States. The updated information is published on various sites including Medicare.gov, through their star rating summary comparative analysis tool system.
Currently, Saint Clara’s Manor maintains an overall one out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes one out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues and health concerns. Our Lincoln nursing home neglect attorneys have found deficiencies involving the facility including:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs to Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/20/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "wash hands when removing gloves and failed to change gloves when going from a dirty to a clean area.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Saint Clara’s Manor affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first noted during an observation occurring at 11:30 AM on 11/17/2015 when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “perform incontinence care for [a resident]. Without performing hand hygiene, [the CNA] put gloves on then lowered [the resident’s] urine saturated incontinent pad. With the same contaminated gloves, [the CNA cleansed the resident’s] perineal area [...and] assisted the resident] to turn, touched [the resident’s] bare skin and clothing, then cleansed [the resident’s] rectal area. With the same contaminated gloves, [the Certified Nursing Assistant assisted the resident onto the resident’s] back then removed [their] dirty incontinent pad and placed a clean one on [the resident].”
The state investigator noted that before removing their gloves, the Certified Nursing Assistant “then without hand hygiene, used [their] bare hands to do the following: Adjust [the resident’s] pants, put [the resident’s] shoes on, apply the mechanical lift strap on [the resident before lifting the resident] into a wheelchair, and pull [the resident’s] pants up to [their] waist before lowering] them] into the wheelchair.” The Certified Nursing Assistant then brushed the resident’s] hair, handed [them their] glasses and placed a wig on [the resident’s] head.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor conducted a 1:40 PM 11/19/2015 interview with the Certified Nursing Assistant who stated “I forgot to change my gloves. I know I messed up.”
The investigator also noted that the deficient practice by the Certified Nursing Assistant failed to follow the facility’s 03/01/2010 policy titled Glove Use that reads in part: “Non-sterile gloves should be used primarily to prevent the contamination of the employee’s hands when providing treatment or services to the resident and when cleaning contaminated surfaces.” The policy also states, “wash hands after removing gloves. Gloves do not replace hand washing. Disposable (single-use) gloves should be replaced as soon as practical when contaminated.”
Lincoln Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury or harm caused by infection or cross-contamination while residing at Saint Clara’s Manor or any other Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can ensure you that your loved one receives the treatment and compensation they deserve. Our Logan County elder abuse attorneys can take steps to ensure that your loved one is moved to a sanitary and clean environment to ensure their health and well-being.
We accept all nursing home neglect claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means you receive immediate legal representation and we are paid for our legal services only after we negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial. Contact our Lincoln Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.