(CNN) – After her 15-year-old son ended up "in critical and life-threatening condition" from an outbreak of adenovirus at a…
After her 15-year-old son ended up “in critical and life-threatening condition” from an outbreak of adenovirus at a New Jersey care facility, a mother suits those who she believes allow her son to end up in the ICU , according to a trial filed Wednesday.
Paula Costig’s son, William DelGrosso, was one of dozens of medically fragile children infected with the virus that began in late September at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.
As of Friday, 31 inhabitants have been affected by the outbreak, including 10 deaths, according to state health care. DelGrosso stays in hospital.
According to the trial, DelGrosso came with fever on October 1
1th and was transferred to the intensive care at Hackensack University Medical Center on October 18 with “severe respiratory complications”. He is still left now, according to family lawyer Paul da Costa.
“As a mother, it’s hard not to have your child under your own roof and have to rely on an opportunity to take care of your child,” Costa said, adding that Costigan felt as if the plant tried to conceal the fact that This serious virus spreads like a wildlife. “
Wanaque Center declined a request for comment on the trial.
Costigan does not know where her son will go when he is stable
DelGrosso, who has a seizure problem, has called for a ventilator to breathe since he was about 10 years old when he went to cardiac arrest after a major attack, Costa said.
DelGrosso has a seizure problem. ] There are four long-term care facilities in New Jersey that cater to children, according to a state healthcare database. This includes the Wanaque Center and the Voorhees Pediatric Facility where seven children have been infected with a milder adenovirus strain, according to the state health department. The cost does not want her son to go back to the Wanaque facility but she has been told that the other centers in the state that accepts Medicaid and are equipped to take care of a fan-dependent child that her son may have up to one year’s waiting list, according to Costa.
The process claims that the plant neglected to provide the care DelGrosso needed in preventing such infection from spreading.
“At the time of the original case of adenovirus”, the lawsuit claims that the facility “did not have appropriate infection prevention and control programs, protocols or procedures in place to remedy the infection and prevent it from spreading throughout its child’s inhabitants.”
The process also claims that the facility did not send patients to emergency care hospitals on time or notify parents earlier, around the time when it first contacted the healthcare department for o eruptions on October 9.
Costigan told Costa that “she was never informed that her son had high fever several days before she finally announced that he needed to be transferred immediately to an emergency hospital” in October 18, he said. And she was not informed of the adenovirus outbreak until a letter of letters arrived at the post four days later, he added.
Last week’s statements, the Wanaque plant said it was working with health experts to investigate the outbreak and that “immediately notified all appropriate authorities when the virus was originally identified.” The facility did not respond to previous requests for further comments.
When Costa says the trial is not just about Costig’s son; It’s about “children like William who have the inability to speak for themselves and to take care of themselves.”
The trial refers to health inspections for several years, including an unannounced inspection on October 21, which found lack of hand hygiene practices among staff. This inspection was carried out after health care officers were alerted by the facility, but before the health department announced publicly any deaths.
The plant has previously received and corrected other deficiencies, including improperly stored syringes, used to measure fluid medication, and bedside tables and medication washers that were not properly cleaned and disinfected.
Speech to reporters last month described the New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal these as “low level, self-deficiencies” resolved when the health inspectors were checked.
In a review of federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Wanaque Center received an overall average ranking of overall quality but an average health check assessment. The rating is based on two years of inspections before November 2017. The Wanaque plant’s deficiencies have consistently been lower than the US average.
“It’s rare that at any inspection a plant would come out without quotes,” Elnahal said. “If there are a number of quotations, all of which are low, we request a correction plan. We make sure the plant is reviewing – and that’s what this facility did here.”
“If the results are difficult enough to take further action, we will do,” he added.
The infections and deaths come from – among former Wanaque Center employees, modern to one of the children who died and Elnahal himself – whether the current plant standards are high enough and if more could have been done to prevent this from happening.
Elnahal said in a statement that the results of the latest health check at the Wanaque facility “asks whether these general long-term care standards are optimal for this vulnerable population of medically fragile children.”
“We must also think about There is more we can do as a supervisor to protect immune-defended children, such as those served at the Wanaque Center, “he said.
“Every year in the state there are hundreds of outbreaks at health centers.”
Adenovirus is often spread by touching a contaminated person or surface or through the air through cough or sneezing. They are known to hold on unclean surfaces and medical instruments for long periods of time, and they can not be eliminated by common disinfectants, but they rarely lead to serious illness in healthy people.
But people with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of serious disease, and they can remain infectious long after they recover, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms may occur two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus.
At the Wanaque facility, patients with confirmed cases became ill between 26 September and 8 November according to the health department. The number has increased from 18 cases, including six deaths, announced last month by the health department.
The outbreak of the Wanaque plant was caused by type 7 adenovirus. This type is “most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease” according to CDC. Other types of adenovirus infections can cause flu-like symptoms, pinkeye and diarrhea.
Health officials say they increase efforts to strengthen the infection control at such facilities in the state. The Health Department announced last week planning to set up a team of infection control professionals to visit the University Hospital and four childcare facilities this month, including Wanaque and Voorhees facilities, where experts will train staff and evaluate how these facilities prevent and control infections.
“Outbreaks of facilities are not always preventable, but in response to what we have seen in Wanaque, we take aggressive steps to minimize the chance of emerging among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey,” said Elnahal in a statement last week .
The facility has been instructed not to recognize any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance, according to the state health department. State healthcare officers have said that the outbreak can be declared only when four weeks leave without another opportunity.
“It may be hard to know impossible how the virus came to the plant, what its source was or what it was specifically. The spreading mechanism is from person to person,” said Elnahal.