Contamination by infections is a common problem that occurs in nursing homes throughout the United States. Often times, elderly individuals have weakened immune systems and their advanced age makes some highly susceptible to developing infections or acquiring infection through the spread of contaminants in the enclosed environment. Sadly, the Wheaton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where nursing home residents have suffered life-threatening infections that could have been prevented had the nursing staff taken appropriate measures and followed established protocols.
The most common types of infectious contaminant diseases occurring in nursing facilities include soft tissue and skin infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory system infections vascular infection and gastrointestinal contamination. The types of infections often involve MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), sepsis (blood infection), osteomyelitis (bone infection), scabies and influenza (the flu).
Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center
Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 199-certified bed Medicare-participating for profit facility providing services to residents of Wheaton and DuPage County. The facility is located at:
2180 Manchester Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Wheaton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most current opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns at facilities nationwide. The updated information is then posted on various websites across the United States including on Medicare.gov through their comparative star rating summary system.
Currently, Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared with other facilities throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for staffing issues and health concerns. However, our Wheaton nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility. One of those concerns include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs and Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2015, the state investigator noted that the facility failed “to follow current standards of infection control practices by not wearing the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and perform hand hygiene during provisions of care to residents in contact isolation.” The investigator noted the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center affected three residents “reviewed for infection control.”
The failure was first noted during a 06/14/2015 Initial Tour of the facility’s 2500 Unit with a Nurse who was “observed entering [the resident’s] room without wearing appropriate (PPE) personal protective equipment.” It was only after the nurse realized she was being followed by the investigator that she left the resident’s room to put on the PPE. Upon entering the resident’s room, the resident stated: “you don’t need to wear all those the stuff (referring to PPE); nobody wears them around here.” During an interview with the nurse, the nurse stated that “PPE should be worn when entering the resident’s room [...and] stated that [the resident] ‘has been in isolation for a while but [I] do not think he is being taken off’ [of isolation].”
During another part of the initial tour, a different Registered Nurse entered a different resident’s room “who is on contact precautions for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).” At that time, the Registered Nurse touched the resident’s “right arm and bed rails; air pressure breathing mask and tubing without any personal protective equipment (PPE). When asked why the red container was an [the resident’s room, the nurse] stated she forgot that [the resident] was on precautions for MRSA and she [the nurse] should have put the gown and gloves on.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 5:00 PM on 06/15/2015 who stated that that resident “is in contact isolation for Clostridium difficile (C. diff) [...and] stated if anyone enters [the resident’s] room and touches the surface or the resident, they should have on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).” The Director also stated that using PPE was necessary for “all staff, visitors, vendors, contracted staff, etc. [...and stated] if someone has [a contagious disease] staff has to be very careful with the isolation because [contagious spores] can last a long time on surfaces and special cleaning is required and alcohol will not work and soap and water must be used to wash hands and when equipment is clean a product with bleach must be used in order to kill the spore.”
Wheaton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered from an infectious outbreak while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois including Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate action to hold those responsible legally accountable. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can gather evidence and review your case to determine if the outbreak could have been prevented and assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve due to the negligence of the nursing staff.
To successfully resolve your financial recompense case, we urge you to contact our Wheaton Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free full case private consultation. We accept all cases on contingency and are only paid for our fees after we win your case at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.