Report: Maggots found in nursing home resident's feeding tube site

Maggots were found in and around the feed tube site of a Pennsylvania nursing home resident, according to recently released inspection reports.

A nursing assistant at Golden LivingCenter West Shore in Camp Hill, PA, noticed a maggot on the resident, and notified a co-worker. A nurse inspected the resident's feeding tube and discovered “worm-like looking bugs” crawling around and inside the insertion site, according to the October 22 inspection report.

The resident was then taken to the hospital, where hospital staff noted the tube site “indicated severe neglect of wound care and proper cleaning.”

A December 30 follow-up report released last week found the facility corrected all the deficiencies cited during the October inspection. That inspection also cited West Shore for inadequate food storage and insects found in the kitchen.

West Shore self-reported the feeding tube incident to the Department of Health, Golden Living spokeswoman Michelle Metzger told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The facility also increased pest control services in response to the insects in the kitchen.

“We take the care and quality of life of our patients and residents very seriously. However, striking a balance between quality of life and quality of care can present risks, which we strive to reconcile,” Metzger said in a statement to McKnight's. “In the incidents concerned with our Golden LivingCenter – West Shore, we identified the issues and reported them ourselves to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”

West Shore was certified to be in compliance December 30, and GoldenLiving customer surveys in the state found “four out of five of our patients and residents would recommend Golden LivingCenter to a friend,” Metzger said.