Facilities need a bedbug control plan

While attention is usually given after bedbugs are found, what a facility does before they are detected can be more important

August 7, 2014

While a lot of attention is given to the process of control after bedbugs are found, what a healthcare facility does before they're detected can be more important, according to a blog on the FacilityCare website.

Education, training and communication are essential elements in minimizing the impact of suspected bedbug activity.

"Capture in writing the dates, actions and solutions associated with any incidence. This provides documentation that you treated the matter seriously and provided a timely and complete response," the blog said.

Train employees to identify and recognize bedbugs and evidence of infestation. Intake procedures that screen incoming clients should be established and their belongings should also be inspected for evidence of infestation. 

Early detection and follow-up will minimize exposure and transfer. Staff and patients or residents should be familiar with common introduction points, and steps to minimize introduction should be a key part of a facility's plan and training.

Read the blog.


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