The inspection conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) of the St. James Manor and Villa nursing home in Crete, Illinois, was not conducted in secret. It’s important to realize that the staff know an inspection is taking place, and that the inspectors are watching their every move.
Typically, nursing home inspections proceed over the course of several days depending on the size of the nursing home. Inspectors with clip boards will select samples from the residents and follow them throughout the entire day, making note of every aspect of their experience in the nursing home.
So when a licensed practical nurse (LPN) changes a dirty dressing from a wound, and then neither washes her hands or changes her gloves before cleaning and dressing the wound again, you can be certain that this was far from an isolated incident of nursing home neglect.
In addition, inspectors witnessed a staff member using scissors to remove a bloody bandage from a resident, and then placing the contaminated scissors on the resident’s bed. The report states that the bandage was extremely bloody.
These unsanitary conditions have consequences. A St. James Manor and Villa resident developed a potentially deadly infection and sepsis just five days after being admitted to the facility. These infections are deadly serious and terribly painful. They are often a sign of unsanitary conditions and nursing home neglect.
If you have a loved one who has developed sepsis or another blood infection in an Illinois nursing home, and you think unsanitary conditions contributed to the condition, contact our Illinois nursing home attorneys for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.