Hospital takes action against bedbugs

  1. Bedbugs found in two patient units at Nationwide Children's Hospital (Ohio) prompted aggressive cleaning and the relocation of patients, according to a statement issued by the hospital.

    Hospital staff spotted the unwelcome visitors crawling from a fanny pack that had been stored for safekeeping with other patients' belongings for two weeks, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A search revealed more bugs in the offices surrounding the patient admitting area.

    Families of patients in rooms where bedbugs have been found are sometimes asked to not bring in items from home.

    Last edit by Anxious Patient on Apr 15, '09
  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   catshowlady
    Doesn't surprise me. Actually, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Hotels have been seeing a resurgence recently too.

    In fact, a couple of years ago, I received bedbug bites in a very nice national hotel chain.
  4. by   vashtee
    Eww. Bedbugs give me the willies.
  5. by   Coffee Nurse
    I stayed in a hotel with bedbugs, too, a few months ago. Of course, this was while I was moving cross-country, and I was so freaked out about the possibility that they had managed to get into my car, which had pretty much all my worldly goods in it. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.
  6. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from vashtee
    Eww. Bedbugs give me the willies.
    Me too! EEEKKK! Get me the xxxx outta here...

  7. by   tpanative
    I think I picked up a couple in a hotel in Ghana a couple years ago. Took me about 2 months to get rid of them.
  8. by   qhilldogs
    We had them at the nursing Home I worked at a few years a go, What a PIA that was
  9. by   StNeotser
    I didn't realize they could get through the types of mattresses we have in health care. Ugh - another thing to worry about.
  10. by   Neveranurseagain
    Bed bugs are on the move per the EPA--their numbers are growing and the are becoming resistant to treatment/extermination. There was a conference a few weeks ago with over 300 people attending to discuss this epidemic:

    WOnder how many CEU's we can get for learning about bedbugs?
  11. by   pattyrn376
    good night, sleep tight , don't let the bed bugs bite.

    I couldn't resist
  12. by   Saifudin
    We have been having a problem in the hospital I work in in Saudi. Fumigated 3X in the admission unit and supposedly the Tx sucks the air out of surrounding area 'supposedly' killing the little varmints. I did some investigation and found bed frames, floors and anywhere there are cracks need to be scrubbed to remove eggs and vacuumed, then fumigated. Seems to be working since directing the fumigation company.

    A big problem is that we do not have factory covered mattresses. I have been lobbying for years to get proper bedding but mattresses are supplied by the Ministry of Health. I continue to push the issue and hope for resolution of the problem. I don't believe that the fumigation Tx gets every last egg and bug that is burrowed into a mattress or any material object.

    I'm not sure but the little buggers seem as tenacious as roaches and given their small size and ease of being transported in and out of any environment like hospitals, hotels, dorms, etc., its understandable how it is a global problem.
  13. by   Saifudin
    "good night, sleep tight , don't let the bed bugs bite."

    Bad night, you don't sleep tight, and the bed bugs do bite. (I couldn't resist either, lol)
  14. by   rplf29
    they should clean the blankets and the mattresses well under the sun! nbch: