Elderly residents living in nursing home environments are particularly susceptible to cross-contamination and the spread of infection between residents living in the facility. If the nursing staff fails to take appropriate measures to routinely sanitize their hands, change their contaminated gloves or other preventative measures to avoid cross-contamination, the results can be catastrophic to residents suffering. Sadly, the Lindenhurst elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered life-threatening infections due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Due to the close proximity between residents in nursing facilities who live together, eat together and participate in activities of daily living in the same room are highly susceptible to MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), C. diff (Clostridium difficile) and other life-threatening contagious infections. Performing hand hygiene and wearing gloves when touching body fluids, blood, secretions, contaminated items and excretions can ensure that every precaution is taken to protect the health, life and well-being of every resident in the facility.The Village at Victory Lakes
The Village at Victory Lakes is a 125-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing non-profit facility sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. The facility is located at:
1075 Victory Drive
Lindenhurst, Illinois 60046
The facility is located in Lindenhurst and Lake County on a 38-acre campus that offers:
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Skilled Nursing Care and Rehabilitation
- Memory Care
- Respite Care
On an annual basis, federal and state regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home databases to be used as a comparative tool for family members who need to place a loved one in a nursing facility in their community. The updated information is posted on a variety of websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, The Village at Victory Lakes maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and two out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Lindenhurst nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce a Program That Investigates, Controls or Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "prevent cross-contamination by not removing [their] gloves and not washing [their] hands after providing perineal care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at The Village at Victory Lakes affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
The failure by the nursing staff was first realized at 9:55 AM on 04/05/2016 when two Certified Nursing Assistants (both CNAs) “provided perineal care to [a resident].” At that time, one of the Certified Nursing Assistants “got a new gown out of [the resident’s] closet and clean linen from the bathroom.” While the CNA “helped put the new gown on [the resident] and washed the resident’s face and back perineal area [the CNA] had the same gloves on from the front perineal area and did not remove them or wash her hands.”
Immediately afterwards, the same Certified Nursing Assistant “put a new incontinence pad on and under [the resident], pulled her gown down in the back, pulled [the resident] up in bed, turned her with pillows, fixed pillows under her head, and pulled her blankets up [without removing] her gloves or [washing] her hands.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 9:10 AM on 04/06/2016 who stated that the Certified Nursing Assistant “should never go from dirty to clean. Anytime they use a clean rag to dirty surfaces they should dispose of the rag, take their gloves off then sanitize their hands.”
- Failure to Ensure that Every Resident Entering the Nursing Facility Is Not Given a Catheter and Instead Receives Proper Services to Prevent UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to clean the indwelling urinary catheter tubing after a bowel movement.” In addition, the investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure the indwelling catheter bag was kept below the level of the bladder.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at The Village at Victory Lakes was first noted at 1:10 PM on 04/04/2016, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) “provided perineal care to [the resident who had a bowel movement without cleaning] the indwelling catheter tubing after providing perineal care.” An interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 9:10 AM on 04/06/2016, the Director stated that “if someone has a bowel movement they [the Certified Nursing Assistants] should be cleaning the catheter. Chances are some mix in there (cross-contamination from the bowel movement).”
If your loved one is suffering a life-threatening infection or any other injury while residing at The Village at Victory Lakes or any other Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take appropriate and immediate legal action against the facility. Our team of dedicated Lindenhurst elder abuse lawyers can provide you and your family legal assistance to obtain the financial recompense you deserve.
We encourage you to make contact with our Lindenhurst nursing home neglect law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements, so no upfront payments are required.