The spread of infection occurring in a nursing home has the potential to compromise the health and well-being of every resident in the facility. Infections caused by improperly stored prepared food is a common problem in nursing facilities and long-term care homes. Infectious viral conditions including oral viruses cause significant inflammation that can damage the lining of the intestines and stomach and often result in vomiting and diarrhea. Unfortunately, the Rock Island elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who are victims of preventable infections.
Due to close quarters, tight living conditions and a shared environment, a nursing home is the ideal breeding ground for contamination and infectious diseases that are caused by minimal hygiene, which tends to spread germs and viruses throughout the facility. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that nearly 400,000 nursing home residents die prematurely every year due to infections caused by bacteria and viruses that were contracted at the facility.
Typically, the elderly nursing home resident is highly vulnerable to the spread of infection due to their progressively weakening immune system. In some nursing homes, employees and nursing staff failed to do their job properly to ensure that the facility remains clean and free from harmful bacteria, deadly germs and viruses that easily spread through the home’s population.
Many cases involving unnecessary exposure to contamination and infection occur because of a lack of monitoring or following policies, procedures and standards by the staff after a resident has contracted an infection. Typically, family members who suspect that a loved one has been harmed or died prematurely as a result of an acquired infection that could have been prevented have the legal right to hire a trained attorney can file a lawsuit or claim for compensation against the facility and all employees that caused the loved one’s damages.Trinity Medical Center – West
Trinity Medical Center – West is a 29-certified bed Medicare-approved nonprofit nursing facility providing services to residents of Rock Island and Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2701 17th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Trinity Medical Center – West also offers:
- Wound care
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Palliative care
- Cardiac rehabilitation
To ensure that families are fully aware of the level of care provided by nursing facilities in their community, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects the complete history of all health violations, safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints on facilities nationwide. The updated information can be found on numerous online sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Trinity Medical Center – West maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Rock Island nursing home neglect attorneys of found a concerning deficiency involving this facility:
- Failure to Properly Store, Prepare and Serve Food in a Sanitary Manner to Eliminate the Potential Spread of Infection and Contamination
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/21/2009, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "to have the final rinse temperature of hot water sanitizing dishwashing machine at 160 degrees Fahrenheit or above.” The deficient practice by the employees at Trinity Medical Center West “has the potential to affect all 24 residents at the facility.”
The state investigator conducted a tour the facility and kitchen between 9:35 AM at 9:55 AM on 10/19/2009 and checked the final rinse temperature of the facility’s Hobart FT 900 dishwasher. “During two times with temperature sensitive tape that turns dark when the dishwashing water is 160 degrees Fahrenheit or above, the thermal labels were washed off the plates to which they were stuck.” During the third attempt, “the plate with the thermal label was kept in place by another plate on top… and did not turn dark.”
If you suspect your loved one has acquired an infection due to exposure to viruses, bacteria or contaminants while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Trinity Medical Center – West, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Rock Island nursing home abuse attorneys can handle every aspect of your financial compensation claim to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected and your family receives the recompense they deserve.
Contact our Rock Island County elder abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, full no-obligation case evaluation and review to discuss the merits of your claim for compensation. No upfront fees are required because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse/neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. Our legal fees are paid only after we have one your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiated an acceptable financial compensation amount on your behalf.