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Wichita nursing home under investigation after maggots found on resident’s feet

September 22, 2011


— A Wichita nursing home is under investigation after doctors reported finding open sores and maggots on a resident’s feet when he was brought to a hospital for treatment of chest pains.

Police Lt. Doug Nolte told The Wichita Eagle that the 67-year-old man told police he was being mistreated at Deseret HealthCare and Rehabilitation center. Doctors at Via Christi Hospital contacted police after the man was brought to the hospital Tuesday night.

The nursing home’s administrator, Melisa Lang, said federal privacy laws prevent the company from discussing specific patients.

“However, we are taking these allegations seriously,” she said. “We are currently investigating the situation and fully cooperating with the proper agencies.”

The Kansas Department on Aging is aware of the incident and will be investigating, spokeswoman Sara Arif said. The department, which oversees nursing homes in the state, conducts annual inspections of facilities and has the authority to fine or penalize those that don’t meet state standards.

Mitzi McFatrich, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care, which monitors nursing homes, said the Deseret nursing home has a poor record. McFatrich said inspectors found 25 violations in April, well above the statewide average of 11 and the national average of eight.

In a December 2009 inspection, the Department on Aging found 24 deficiencies, and a December 2008 inspection turned up 47 at the home, which is licensed for 93 beds and had 88 residents in April.

“There are a number of things that suggest that this is a facility that’s having some challenges,” McFatrich said.

The April inspection cited such physical violations as a rusty floor vent and nonfunctioning call light. Inspectors also found one resident whose toenails had grown an inch from the tip of his toes, and another in a bed with urine-soaked sheets.

McFatrich said 28,000 people reside in adult care facilities in Kansas.


Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

Deseret HealthCare and Rehabilitation center is a For Profit facility.

The Kansas Department of Health should be ashamed as should the Kansas Dept. on Aging as well as the SRS Adult Protective Services people. Disgustingly lazy lot....

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 9 months ago

Maggot's are actually a good way of cleaning off dead skin and infections. They don't eat living cells, only the dead decaying skin and cells.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh really? They weren't trying to be cutting edge world class health care oriented by using maggots? Good grief. ".....somehow I don't think this was intentional....". Good grief.

This "quality" of "health care" is what most can anticipate and expect from the Brownback "team" of "health care "experts". Too, even more innovative "old school" lessons shall be put back into place: Soon, good Lawrence city commissioner Amyx will be able to blood let, both via leeches AND cutting:

Brownback: The Kansas solution to many health care matters.....

Jimo 6 years, 9 months ago

Just what we need - more governmental bureaucrats and regulations. Everyone knows that business is self-regulating.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 months ago

How tragic. Should get better, though, when Muscular Sam's repealer gets around to scrapping nursing home regulations. Bad for 'biddness,' you know.

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