Any spread of a contagious disease in an Illinois nursing home has the potential of affecting every resident in the facility. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures and protocols when providing care to incontinent patients suffering from Clostridium difficile (C-diff) and other highly contagious infections. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide supervision and training to ensure that the nursing staff follows these specific guidelines. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many individuals who have needlessly suffered from transmissible diseases while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Nursing Home is a Medicare/Medicaid-participating ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Shelbyville and Shelby County, Illinois. The 80-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
2116 South Third Dacey Drive
Shelbyville, IL 62565
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center offers nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s care and the Peterson’s Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Shelbyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations. This information can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Shelby County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Minimize the Spread of Contagious Diseases
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/08/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyors in regards to the nursing home's failure to “maintain a sanitary environment while performing incontinence care.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 07/01/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting that the resident suffered from “Clostridium difficile (C. diff), colon cancer, prostate cancer, colitis, and chronic kidney disease.” In addition, the resident’s 06/24/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “is frequently incontinent of the bowel, requires the assistance of two staff members for bed mobility and is totally dependent upon two staff members for toileting.”
An observation was made of a resident on 07/05/2016 whose “water pitcher, an eight-ounce glass of tea and an eight-ounce glass of water were sitting on [the resident’s] over-bed table.” Minutes earlier, the resident’s “meal tray was sitting on [the resident’s] over bed table. A bureau was sitting outside [the resident’s] room which contains isolation gowns and gloves for use when facility staff performs direct care for [the resident] due to the C. diff diagnosis.”
Observations were made of two Certified Nursing Assistants in the afternoon of 07/06/2016 performing incontinence care for the resident. “After donning gloves, one CNA) placed a stack of white linen washcloths into the handwashing sink (not a clean vessel) and turned on the water faucet handles (not clean fixtures).” The CNA “then manipulated the cranks (not clean fixtures) to lower the foot end of [the resident’s] bed and then returned to the handwashing sink and wrung out the washcloths, and placed the washcloths onto a clean field set up on [the resident’s] bedside bureau” while wearing the same gloves “throughout this entire process.”
Observations were made of both Certified Nursing Assistants throughout the process and “upon completion of performing incontinence care for [the resident], neither [Certified Nursing Assistant] cleaned the resident's over-bed table.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to prevent cross-contamination during perineal care [of a resident] reviewed for incontinence care.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 06/01/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing diagnoses including chronic renal failure, neurogenic bladder, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and morbid obesity.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Assistant providing incontinence care for a resident while using soiled gloves “in the forward motion over [the resident’s] vagina, meatus, and urinary catheter tubing.” The resident’s 05/13/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) urine culture and sensitivity report revealed “the presence of bacterium” including Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Proteus Mirabilis, and an order for an antibiotic therapy to treat urinary tract infections.
Shelbyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one was victimized by residents, caregivers or visitors while a patient at Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Shelbyville nursing home attorneys have represented clients in victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.
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