Mayfield Care Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 136 COVID infections and 9 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 2020, Mayfield Care Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 136 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
On May 31, 2019, CBS Chicago reported on the complaints of family members with residents at Mayfield Care Center. Their complaints stemmed from the unsanitary conditions that are noticeable upon entry to the facility. One family member believes the conditions of the facility contributed to her mother’s death and stated, “Human waste on the floors, I’ve been there and literally witnessed employees stealing clothing off the occupants.” Further, a former employee of Mayfield Care Center commented about treatment of residents at Mayfield Care Center by employees, “I’ve seen where residents are going without being turned. They are going without having baths, without having showers.” Mayfield Care Center did not comment on the article.
On April 27, 2020, staff members at Mayfield Care Center submitted a notice to begin a 10-day strike starting on May 8, 2020 if the nursing home association refuses to accept a new contract. Their current contract was set to expire on April 30, 2020. As frontline workers combating and helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing staff wanted to see changes in their pay that would be proportionate to the work. Further, they wanted improvement in the quality and quantity of personal protective equipment available.
In Quarter 1 of 2018 (January-March), a survey conducted on November 27, 2017, found Mayfield Care Center to have committed two Type B violations. The first violation included sections 300.610.a, 300.1210b), 300.1210d)2), 300.1210d)3), 300.1610a)1), and 300.3240a) of the code. The second violation included sections 300.1210a), 300.1210b), 300.1210d)6), 300.1220b)3) and 300.3240a) of the code. The violations resulted in a fine of $4,400.
Based upon interviews and a record review, Mayfield Care Center failed to properly administer medication to a resident, which resulted in a resident having to be hospitalized for opiate withdrawal. Further, the facility failed to provide a policy on reordering medication for a resident.
Based upon interviews and a record review, Mayfield Care Center also failed to develop a care plan for residents, whom are a fall risk, to avoid tripping hazards of the medical equipment provided by the nursing home. The fall resulted in a laceration to the scalp of the resident, which required staples, and a large hematoma on the right side of the resident’s head. Had the necessary fall precautions been in place, the injury would not have occurred.
In Quarter 2 of 2018 (April-June), a survey conducted on April 27, 2017, found Mayfield Care Center to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.610a), 300.1210b)5), 300.1210d)3), 300.1210d)6) and 300.3240a) of the code. The violations resulted in a fine of $2,200.
Based upon interviews and a record review, Mayfield Care Center failed to follow the care plan for a resident that required assistance when being transferred. From this failure, the resident suffered a left proximal-non displaced tibial fracture and had to be hospitalized.
In Quarter 4 of 2017 (October-December), a survey conducted on September 20, 2017, found Mayfield Care Center to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.1210b), 300.1210d)5), 300.1210d)6) and 300.3240a) of the code. The violations resulted in a fine of $2,200.
Based upon interviews and a record review, Mayfield Care Center failed to follow the care plan for a resident that required assistance when being transferred and was noted as being a high risk for falls. The resident, while being transferred from bed to wheelchair, fell and sustained a femur fracture. Mayfield Care Center also failed to complete a wheelchair assessment for a resident. This resident sustained an orbital fracture while using a new wheelchair cushion in her travel wheelchair.
On January 16, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted its yearly recertification review of Mayfield Care Center. In this report the facility was cited for multiple failures. The violations included; failure to maintain dignity and respect of residents, failure to ensure residents may properly communicate with staff, failure of staff to follow a physician’s order, failure to ensure interventions were in place to avoid further damage to residents with pressure ulcer injuries, failure to provide the proper medical treatment to a resident, failure to label and dispose of medication, failure to follow sanitary procedures in regards to preparing food, failure to properly dispose garbage, and failure to follow the infection control policy on wearing personal protective equipment and proper identification of rooms designated for isolation.
Due to the high rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths at Mayfield Care Center, the violation of infection control policies is frightening for both residents and staff. Specifically, the failure to follow the infection control policy resulted when a staff member walked into a resident’s isolation room, which are designated for residents suffering from or with symptoms of COVID-19, without wearing any personal protective equipment. This type of exposure not only puts the staff member at risk, but every resident and staff member at Mayfield Care Center at risk. There was also a failure by staff members to properly label an isolation room, so that other residents and staff would know of the potential hazards when entering the room.
Mayfield Care Center issued a plan of correction for the violations in the report. The facility stated they now have the proper isolation signage for every room that requires such. They also ensured that all staff members would be wearing the proper personal protective equipment, especially when entering isolation rooms. Mayfield Care Center is monitoring both isolation rooms, to see if proper signage is used, as well as staff member’s attire to ensure personal protective equipment is being used. This is being done to note if there are any wrong trends being followed by staff members and to implement the necessary corrective change.
On May 29, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted its yearly recertification review of Mayfield Care Center. In this report the facility was cited for multiple failures. The violations included; failure to maintain dignity and privacy for residents when entering rooms, failure to ensure a resident could access call lights, failure to provide sanitary rooms to residents, failure to administer medication in a timely manner, failure to safely store medication, failure to provide medication to residents, failure to adequately staff resident’s floor, failure to provide food to residents as outlined in their care plan, failure to sanitize eating stations, and failure to provide immunization to residents that had consented to receive such.
The numerous amounts of violations show that the staff at Mayfield Care Center have a history of negligence. There is a lack in the attention to detail, which should be alarming given the current state of affairs at the nursing home. To properly combat COVID-19, attention to detail is necessary, as slight mishaps can result in multiple residents contracting the disease.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Mayfield Care Center 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.