The spread of infection in a nursing facility can compromise an elder resident’s immune system or other medical condition that makes them highly susceptible to infection. Nearly any type of infection can strike nursing home residents who share the same air, food, water, public areas, showers, and bathrooms. In fact, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered life-threatening infections due to low standards of care or a failure to follow protocols to ensure infectious diseases are not spread throughout the facility.
Statistics show that elders in nursing facilities are up to 10 times more susceptible to developing urinary tract infections, pneumonia, appendicitis or other serious infection problems. A compromised immune system can easily lower natural defenses and cause pre-existing medical problems to develop into life-threatening conditions.
Even though nursing facilities are legally bound to provide acceptable standards of care, many fail due to overcrowding, a lack of trained staff or outl right negligence by the nursing staff.
Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center
Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center is a Cook County skilled nursing facility that houses 180 Medicaid beds. The for-profit nursing home is located at:
2155 West Pierce
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the federal database Medicare.gov updates their information concerning opened investigations, filed complaints, health hazards and safety concerns at nursing facilities across the United States. Currently, Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center maintains an overall four out of five stars rating compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving the facility that have the potential of causing serious harm or injury to the residents. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Investigate, Control or Keep Infections from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated the 4/21/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "properly sanitize blood glucose monitoring equipment according to the manufacturer guidelines while performing blood glucose testing on [a resident at the facility].” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center “has the potential to affect all 50 residents in the facility receiving blood glucose monitoring.”
The failure was first noted on 04/18/2016 when a Registered Nurse “cleaned a blood glucose monitor with a germicidal disposal wipe for 30 seconds and then let the monitor air dry for 4.5 minutes.” A few minutes later, the same Registered Nurse “use the same blood glucose monitor and perform blood glucose testing on a resident” after which a germicidal disposal wipe was used for 15 seconds and allowed to air dry before using the equipment again on a different resident four minutes later. After following the same procedure, the blood glucose testing equipment was used again nine minutes later on a different resident.
The state investigator noted that the facility’s undated Cleaning and Disinfection of Glucometers Policy clearly states to “wipe the surface with a pre-moistened towel until completely wet [...and] let stand for three minutes.” However, the policy does not contain any information regarding disinfecting the glucometers according to the manufacturer guidelines of the germicidal disposable wipe that the facility uses.” In addition, the surveyor noted that the amount of time using the wipe “is not sufficient for [killing] other organisms listed on the label” which has the potential spreading infection throughout the facility.
- Failure to Properly Maintain Medication Records and Properly Label/Mark Medications and Other Similar Products According to Accepted Professional Standards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain routine and accurate count of the narcotics and [a failure] to report and resolve narcotic discrepancies for two residents [at the facility].”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center was first revealed at 2:10 PM on 04/18/2016 “during the inspection of the medication refrigerator on the third floor, there was a clear plastic bag with two, one milliliter vials of lorazepam two milligrams/milliliter in a medication container for [a resident at the facility]. As a controlled substance, there were notations made that the medication was refilled on 03/10/2016 with three vials. However, “there was no documentation on the control drug record to indicate that [the resident] received any doses of the lorazepam.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has sustained injuries, abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Winston Manor Convalescent and Nursing Center, or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in recovering financial compensation. We urge you to make contact with our Cook County elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 for free case review and evaluation to determine the merits of your case and the level of your financial recompense.
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