Any spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility could place the health and well-being of the patient in immediate jeopardy. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols to minimize the spread of infection and exposure to highly contagious items occurring through cross-contamination. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow procedures and protocols and often exposed the resident to bacteria, viruses, infections and contaminants needlessly. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment who reside in Illinois nursing facilities including Seminary Manor who have suffered serious harm caused by cross-contamination.
This Nursing Home is a Medicaid/Medicare-participating 121-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Galesburg and Knox County, Illinois. The ‘not for profit’ Facility is located at:
2345 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
This Home provides skilled nursing care, hospice care and respite care to patients residing in companion or private suites.
Galesburg Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the comprehensive list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Seminary Manor maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and health inspections, and three out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Knox County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this Center that include:
- Failure to Provide a Level of Care to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “wash hands and change gloves during catheter care.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation was made of the Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) who “prepared a basin of water, soap and several washcloths inside the basin and placed it on [the resident’s] bedside table.” The CNA then “washed hands and applied gloves [...and] washed [the resident’s] right and left groin and glans of the penis, several times to remove exudates, then placed the washcloth in a bag.
With the same soiled gloves, [the CNA] reached into the basin of water, wrong of the washcloth, cleansed [the resident’s] catheter tubing and disposed the washcloth. With the same gloved hands, [the CNA] dried [the resident’s] groin, penis and meatus with a towel” before repositioning the resident, finishing their cares and covering the resident with the bed sheet and only then removing their “gloves and washing hands.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s revised August 2009 policy titled: Facility Infection Control Policy that reads in part:
“Standard precautions are based on the principle that all blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions (except sweat), non-intact skin, and mucous membranes may contain transmissible infectious agents.”
“Standard precautions should be applied to the care of all residents regardless of the suspected or confirmed presence of an infection agent…”
“Handwashing is the foundation of controlling infectious disease… Gloves will be changed after direct contact with the resident secretions or excretions even if care of resident has not been completed…”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a state investigator noted that the facility failed to “wash hands and change gloves to prevent the spread of infection during resident care.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure to “wear gloves while administering an injection.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 04/13/2016 Quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealing that the resident is “Cognitively impaired and requires extensive assist with hygiene, toileting, transfer and incontinent of bowel and bladder.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nurses’ Aides (CNAs) washing hands and applying gloves before transferring a resident to the toilet. The Certified Nursing Assistant removed the resident’s soiled clothes and brief, prepared a basin of water, soap, and several washcloths and then “reached into the basin, took out a washcloth” and clean the resident’s genital area. “The same soiled gloves, [the CNA] dried [the resident’s] groin and penis areas with a towel [...and] then applied a clean brief, socks, pants and shoes" and only then removed their “gloves and washed [their] hands.”
Galesburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injuries or harm while residing at Seminary Manor, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Galesburg law firm can provide various options and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing loved one harm both and legally and financially accountable.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Knox County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a complimentary case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.