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Maggots found under Hacienda HealthCare patient’s bandage

(KTAR News Photo)

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.

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