Elevate Care Chicago North releases COVID-19 statistics showing 171 COVID infections and 29 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 29, 2020, Elevate Care Chicago North, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 171 infections and 29 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A recent article by the Chicago Tribune published on May 27, 2020, notes that Elevate Care Chicago North is among one of the nursing homes that has recorded the most COVID-19 related fatalities in the state. Further, the age range of residents that have died of COVID-19 at Elevate Care Chicago North spans from as young as 38 years old to 89 years old.
While the facility has commented that it will continue to follow guidelines and take the appropriate precautions to protect residents, staff, and the surrounding community, Medicare has given Elevate Care Chicago North a below average rating. The families of residents who have passed of COVID-19 at Elevate Care Chicago North are noted as feeling as though they were left in the dark about the condition of their loved ones.
The Illinois Department of Public Health conducts annual recertification surveys in which nursing homes are subjected to a review of their regulatory histories, as well as any violations occurring at the facility. When a facility is found to be in violation, the facility is required to submit a plan of correction noting both how it will remedy the violation and how it will prevent similar violations in the future.
A recertification survey was conducted for Elevate Chicago North on May 12, 2016. During this survey, Elevate Care Chicago North was found to be in violation of several regulations, including those governing infection control and spread prevention, when a healthcare worker administering medication applied gloves and touched several items around the room before administering the medication wearing the same pair of contaminated gloves. Further, the facility was cited with failing to properly store respiratory equipment, resulting in the mingling of clean oxygen concentrators with soiled oxygen concentrators.
Further, a later recertification survey of Elevate Chicago North, conducted on June 8, 2017, similarly found the facility in violation of regulations related to infection control. During the course of this survey, the surveyor observed a healthcare provider fail to perform proper hand hygiene thought the course of administering treatment to a resident. Further, the survey found that the healthcare provide did not take necessary precautions to make sure that the patient’s open wound did not come in contact with a soiled bed pad.
Finally, in the most recent recertification survey, completed on May 16, 2019, the facility was found to be in violation of several regulations, specifically related to hygiene and the potential spread of infection. Most notable, the facility was cited for the failure of its staff to remove PPE prior to exiting an isolation room. Further, during this same survey, violations were also found relating to the failure of staff to perform proper hand hygiene prior to administering residents’ meals and a failure to properly sanitize medical equipment.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Elevate Care Chicago North operated with insufficient staff and with a lack of adherence to recognized infection control protocols. It is not surprising that they were ill equipped to handle this outbreak.”
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As COVID-19 continues to spread, it has also magnified systemic breakdowns within Illinois’ long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or assisted living centers. After this latest release of reported data by IDPH, more than half of the COVID-19-related fatalities in Illinois have now occurred at these facilities.