An elderly patient’s foot wounds became infested with maggots at the Mission Nursing Home in Plymouth, Minnesota, according to a story from Minnesota Public Radio. An aide reported that the man developed a blister which went untreated for six days after the aide’s report. The wound did not receive attention until another aide “noticed two open wounds on the resident’s foot and saw maggots in both wounds.”
The maggots were also found in the resident’s sock and shoe. The Minnesota Department Health investigated the incident and found the Mission Nursing Home responsible for neglect of the resident because “the facility’s policies and procedures did not provide an effective system related to identifying, monitoring, documenting and reporting skin issues/wounds to the physician in a timely manner and providing appropriate treatment related to the skin issues.” [Case no. H5546040]
This 97-bed nursing home is rated “much below average” by Medicare, and has received a “much below average” health inspection rating based on the government’s annual inspections of the facility. The average number of deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes is 7.2. Mission Nursing Home received 16 deficiencies in 2012 and 14 deficiencies in 2011. Deficiencies cited by Medicare include Mission’s failure to make sure services provided by the nursing home meet professional standards of quality, failure to provide care by qualified persons, failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, among other failures.
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