Maggots found under Hacienda HealthCare patient’s bandage
PHOENIX — An investigation by the Arizona Department of Health Services is underway following maggots being found under a Hacienda HealthCare patient’s bandage.
Earlier this week, a 28-year-old patient was found to have “several maggots collected beneath his gauze bandage near his stoma incision,” according to a Hacienda spokesperson.
The patient was transported to a local hospital for treatment, Hacienda said in a statement, adding that no other patients with surgical incisions were found to have maggots.
The facility said each resident was put through a “thorough” physical, showing no findings of the insects, and “the leadership team swiftly self-reported the situation to the relevant oversight agencies.”
According to the spokesperson, pest control workers have been through the facility twice in the past 48 hours, and a contractor was in the process of installing doorway blower fans, a deterrent for insects like flies, that could have created the situation.
The ADHS has no other details on the ongoing investigation as department surveyors assess the facility.