Maggots found on Portland nursing home patient

Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 5:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has released a report saying maggots were found on the body of a patient at a Portland nursing home.

WMTW-TV reports that staff at St. Joseph’s Manor made the discovery. The state says the staff waited four days to treat the patient. The maggots were around the patient’s groin and numbered in the hundreds, according to one estimate.

The patient was in hospice care and also had bed sores and maggots on his catheter tube.

The male patient, whose name was not released, has died of unrelated causes.

David Hamlin, administrator of Saint Joseph’s Manor, released a statement saying the incident was an isolated one. Hamlin says the nursing staff immediately provided care to remedy the situation and medical specialists were contacted to ensure that proper follow-up care was given.

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