Bed Bug Treatment of Wheelchair and Prosthetics
Do any of you have any advice, or policy regarding the treatment of a patient owned wheelchair or prosthetic device?
Recently this has been an issue, and our pest provider will not treat patient belongings. Does anyone have experience with this? Help would be greatly appreciated!
We have had several residents at different times with bedbugs. We heat treat their rooms/apartments and that takes care of belongings as well.
A hand held steamer is a great tool to help you identify furniture that may have stow away bed bugs (it kills them or flushes them out) Have some 91% isopropyl alcohol to kill the bugs that flee,(has to be at least 91% or above and only works on contact, staff continually try and use it as residual chemical, but the alcohol dissipates too quickly). We also use a dry heat chamber to treat belongings, clothing, O2 concentrators, small equipment etc. Our bed bug oven (portable) can fit a small chair in the oven for treatment and it works great (they have bigger ones too)! Check out: www.bedbugsupply.com. They have several options for heat treating equipment that might be appropriate for your facility. Heat is definitely the best and most efficient method I have found, no residual chemicals, heat kills the eggs where chemical can struggle to do so. We battle daily occurrences with patients/visitors coming in with bed bugs and with a solid policy and protocol we feel confident that bed bugs will not be biting in our facility!
Of course we work in tandem with our pest provider as well, they have a great program for our hot spots called the intercept program. We identified the areas with consistent exposures and our pest provider treats those areas every 30 days regardless of a sighting or occurrence, the chemical stays stable for 30 days.
Bed bugs DO NOT like to travel on your body while your awake, if they are on someone's body coming into your facility its possible they are having a serious bed bug problem at home (make sure social work is aware). This is a community health issue and until the community/state/nation is ready to work together and help the people that cannot help themselves hospitals and every public building will eventually be dealing with bed bugs.
I would also have a plan/policy for employees that are having issues with bed bugs.