The health and well-being of Illinois nursing home patients are dependent on the level of care provided by Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Aides. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide an adequate level of care and ongoing supervision to ensure that the nursing staff is following procedures and protocols that prevent the spread of infection and exposure to highly contaminated diseases. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many patients who have developed preventable infections while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Saline Care Center.
Saline Care Center
This Nursing Center is a 142-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Harrisburg and Saline County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Facility is located at:
120 South Land Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Harrisburg Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing home in the United States can be viewed on federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. These government regulatory agencies routinely update the list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints happening at facilities nationwide.
Currently, Saline Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare summary system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for both staffing concerns and quality measures. The Saline County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located various safety concerns 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 01/22/2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey of their failure to “ensure that proper infection control was maintained during incontinence care and wound care for [two residents at the facility] observed during provisions of care.”
One failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation was made at 8:45 AM on 01/21/2016 of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing wound care for a resident diagnosed with highly contagious Hepatitis C. At that time, the LPN “used a pair of scissors to cut through [the resident’s] soiled dressing on [the resident’s] left lower leg. The dressing extended from the mid calf down past [the resident’s] heal. A 4.0 x 4.0-centimeter area of the dressing was noted to be soaked through with blood in the calf area.
After cutting through the dressing, [the LPN] late the scissors down on top of the treatment cart without a barrier in place.” Once the wound care was completed, the licensed practical nurse “picked up the contaminated scissors without cleaning them, and placed them in the pocket of her shirt.
The other failure at the facility involved an observation of a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) providing incontinence care for a resident at 10:00 AM on 01/21/2016. “After cleaning stool from [the resident’s] perineal area, the CNA touch the bed linens and gown of [the resident] with their soiled gloves [...and] continue to adjust [the resident’s] bed linens then abruptly stopped, took off the soiled gloves and applied clean gloves to finish the resident care.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s April 2012 policy titled: Handwashing/Hand Hygiene that states in part:
“The facility considers hand hygiene the primary means to prevent the spread of infection.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/28/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that restraints were assessed and re-evaluated for the treatment of medical symptoms and to monitor and reduce restraints for one resident.”
An observation was made of a patient sitting at the dining room table eating a meal between noon and 12:45 PM on 03/25/2014 with a “soft waist restraint around her waist that was tied in the back of her wheelchair out of her reach.” The state investigator noted that “at no time during the meal was the restraint removed by staff.” A follow-up observation was noted between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM the following day when the restraint was not removed during lunch in accordance with the resident’s Plan of Care.
Harrisburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Saline Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our reputable Harrisburg attorneys have legally represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case evaluation today by calling our Saline County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or win your case at trial.