Chicago nursing homes are different things to different people. For resident they remain their actual home, the place that spend almost all of their time. For employees, the facility is a workplace. The unique mix of individuals at the facility presents unique challenges to all those who are required to ensure that residents and employees are safe and secure. Unfortunately, as blog readers know intimately, every day there are safety violations and breaches of care that place both the residents and employees at risk of injury.
For example, the Washington Examiner recently reported on workplace safety violations at an Illinois assisted living facility-Paradise Park Assisted Living Center. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit the facility with 17 difference citations for safety and health violations stemming from a “needle stick” incident.
A nurse practitioner at the location was hurt after she was stuck with a used needle. The exact circumstances leading up to the act are unclear. However, in all cases, pricks of this kind expose workers to a variety of very serious infections, including hepatitis and HIV. It is currently unclear whether the nurse was harmed by the prick.
The citations were issued for a variety of failures both before and after the incident. They include the problematic fact that the facility did not perform a blood test immediately after the prick. On top of that the nurses did not have easy access to containers to dispose of the needles-a protocol breach that increase the likelihood that an accident would occur.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that unsafe conditions at these local facilities create a dangerous environment for all, residents as well as employees. It is for that reason that it is important to hold the homes accountable for the mistakes made as an incentive to improve safety standards and ultimately save lives.
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