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Nursing home faces sanctions after maggots found in resident’s bandaged wound

A Maine nursing home’s failure to install proper windows and screens led to an infestation of flies which led to maggots being found living in a resident’s wounds, according to WGME 13 News.

Now federal sanctions have comedown against the nursing home, Eastside Center for Health and Rehabilitation, on Mt. Hope Avenue in Bangor, Maine, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The Bangor Daily News reports that flies were allowed to fester in the building because the nursing home “failed to ensure the environment was free from hazards associated with windows with broken and missing screens,” according to the DHHS.

The resident victim suffered burning and itching in her chest area, where a wound was supposed to be healing. But “when the bandage was removed, the staff observed that the resident had maggot larvae coming out of the resident’s chest open area,” the DHHS said.

The state has suggested a $500 fine for every day the home was out of compliance and putting its residents at risk of infection, according to WGME 13. The facility was also cited back in 2001 for a myriad of issues including abuse, neglect and care deficiencies, according to WGME 13.

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