For many of us, a sound hospital bed bug prevention plan can begin by preventing bed bugs at home. In Bed Bugs in Hospitals, I left you with how hospital officials are responding to bed bugs in their hospitals and what challenges that they face in their approach to bed bug treatment methodology. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other health-care providers all share this expensive and very time consuming task of keeping their medical homes and centers free of this parasite.
The last thing on many of our minds when being admitted or admitting a loved one to a hospital, is the possibility of being bitten by a bed bug during our hospital stay or returning home with this pest among our personal belongings. Both scenarios are not uncommon as the frequency of such reports are still on the rise.
Unfortunately, there are many hospital administrations that do not have a hospital bed bug prevention program in enforce. And thankfully, in this Nation and others, hospital agencies and other health-care providers are finally being forced to be more pro-active in their respective hospital bed bug prevention protocols. Please see hospital bed bug policy’s for more on how you can better prepare yourself for your stay away from home.
In this post, I will provide you with a few tips and bed bug prevention guidelines that you can utilize to assist the residents and patients of nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities alike. After all, we are in this together as a bed bug’s favorite meal and often preferred means of transportation. In the end, we can all benefit in keeping our homes – bed bug free!
Please enjoy the shore video below for more on hospital bed bug prevention.
Your Personal Hospital Bed Bug Prevention Program
If your stay at the hospital is planned, then be pro-active and line your suitcase with a bed bug sealed luggage liner. The luggage liner will keep any unwanted pests out of your belongings while you travel and throughout your stay. The liner itself can additionally be used to line the drawers in the dresser. This action will serve you will and keep your personal belongings free from any potential invading pests.
Double-bag all of your personal belongings prior to your visit and again before returning home. This will ensure that you do not pick-up any of these notorious hitch-hikers along the way, during your stay and on your return home. Bed bugs can and are picked up from the back of taxi-cab trunks, train and bus stations alike.
Consider getting your own pillow and mattress en-casement to prevent any possible bed bug intrusions from hospital furniture and/or beds. Bed bug mattress and pillow en-casements are very affordable and pale in cost comparisons to a home bed bug treatment, should this parasite hitch a ride home with you! Hospitals nationally are doing a much better job in attempting to get a handle on their individual bed bug issues. However, this pest travels and hides very well and can be brought into any environment to thrive where there is a large turnover rate in guests.
You may also consider a bed bug proof laundry bag to keep your personal belongings in during your stay and when traveling. Bed Bug Supply has two types of laundry bags – one is made of fabric and the other is water soluble – to take care of of those personal need items. They will both suit your needs, are affordable and great to use for vacations or any stay-over away from your home.
Is there a connection between Bed Bugs in Hospitals and MRSA?
In May of this year, Canadian scientists conducted a relatively small study on a bed bugs ability to transmit the drug-resistant micro-organisms known as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci) through their bite, and onto its victims. The small sample of bed bugs were collected from residents living in an impoverished community in Vancouver, Canada that had been earlier hospitalized and found to be infested with bed bugs.
The tests conducted are inconclusive as to whether these dangerous staph infections were on the bed bug or inside this pest. However, more testing is ongoing to provide more information as to whether or not this parasite is capable of transmitting this dangerous staph infection or can serve as a vector for drug-resistant bacteria. The VRE infection is often associated with medical facilities and other health-care settings where medical procedures take place. It is normally spread by health-care providers who may have come in contact with a contaminated surface or close interaction with a person who may have the virus.
Good News for Us and How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Hospitals!
Earlier this year (Sept 2011) at the FIME Medical Purchasing Show in Miami Beach, FL, Medizone International, Inc., announced their International Award-Winning Vapor Mist Technology, AsepticSure™ acclaimed effectiveness against the war on bed bugs in hospitals and other people supported establishments. Their presentation also demonstrated the new technology and its capabilities of eliminating infectious diseases – and pathogens deadly to humans – from hard surfaces and cotton fiber materials alike. From a commercial perspective, this application against a bed bug’s hardiness and resistance to current pesticide applications, would be a huge achievement.
Dr.Michael E. Shannon, Medizone’s President and Director of Medical Affairs – stated that their award-winning hospital disinfection system is “more than capable” of killing bed bugs. Their hospital sterilization system has also been noted for its affordability as well as easily being operated by trained maintenance staff.
CEO Edwin Marshall added to Shannon’s statement by saying “On the basis of AsepticSure‘s bed bug test results-to-date, the global hotel and travel industry are going to be able to ‘sleep a lot easier’ at night in the very near future.”
What should I do if I have Bed Bug Bites?
Call and make an appointment with your local physician and/or dermatologist if needed. Many people will not be affected by a bed bug bite at all while others may experience symptoms of anaphylactic shock, although rare. The bed bug bite victims that fall in the middle of this range may experience red welts or elevated bumps and wheals. It is also common to experience some intense itching that may lead to secondary infections, if left untreated. These secondary infections of the skin can include Ecthyma, lymphangitis and impetigo.
A wonderful solution to relieve that fretful itch and alleviate any pain and discomfort is a commodity by Allstop. The Bed Bug Bite Individual Pack is “relief and comfort” packaged in a bottle that I personally recommend and have had great success with.
Get your hospital bed bug prevention plan in place before convalescing! Attempting to eradicate this hitch-hiker from your home after a hospital stay is no fun at all.