Bed bugs are becoming more prevalent at healthcare facilities, especially long-term care and assisted living facilities. According to a 2013 survey by the Association for the Healthcare Environment, more than 25 percent of respondents said they had experienced a problem with bed bugs in their facility.
It is important to understand that bed bugs can be prevalent even when the most stringent hygiene and sanitation practices are followed, as in the case of a typical healthcare facility. Bed bugs may enter a facility from the belongings or even clothes of new residents, visitors and staff. They are primarily nocturnal and retreat into cracks and crevices during the day, and they can spread quickly from room to room via hospital beds, laundry cars or housekeeping equipment.
The following recommendations can help keep prevent the prevalence of bedbugs in a healthcare setting:
- Look for signs of bed bugs
- Do not disturb bed bugs if you identify their presence
- Help your pest control company by moving furniture away from walls, providing access to cabinets and plumbing voids, removing items attached to walls and loosing carpet around the perimeters or rooms, and
- Keep staff informed to ensure they monitor the situation and communicate with patients
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pesticides are often misused to treat bed bugs when a product approved only for outdoor use is applied indoors. This could have serious health implications for residents of healthcare facilities.
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