The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. The Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a facility in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $6,500. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to follow proper procedure related to facility cleanliness, disease prevention, and other instances of Illinois nursing home negligence.
According to the report filed by state investigators, nurses at the facility were seen administering blood sugar tests in an unsanitary manner. The nursing home employees did not clean or disinfect the glucometers before or after the testing. On top of that, the facility did not have in place any policy or procedure for ensuring the cleanliness and proper sterilization of medical devices used, like glucometers.
Each and every resident who required blood glucose testing was exposed to potentially dangerous complications, because facility staff did not follow safe, effective precautions for disinfection. The lacksadaisical manner in which the facility ensured resident protection from communicable diseases placed many seniors at risk. The facility was found to have not done any analysis of infection control logs to determine the origin of various nosocomial infectsion in residents-as required by law.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Illinois nursing home law must be followed at all times-that includes proper sterilization of medical devices. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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