This news story from the Times-Herald Record’s website recordonline.com reminds us, once again, that the most vulnerable people in our society may be suffering the most from bed bugs.
Port Jervis – Patients in the mental health unit at Bon Secours Community Hospital were relocated last week amid a bedbug outbreak.
Two patients complained to doctors about skin rashes caused by bedbug bites, hospital officials said.
Following a doctor’s examination, all patients on the floor were relocated to another unit and an exterminator was called. There are about 12 patients on the mental health floor.
No other bedbugs have been found in any other parts of the hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Mary Decker.
But perhaps the hospital is overly optiistic about how easily treated the problem is:
All the rooms have been exterminated and are in the process of being reassembled, Decker said. The patients will be moved back to their rooms tomorrow.
“We’re happy we discovered it when we did and are able to treat it appropriately,” Decker said.
Decker said the hospital consulted with several agencies, including the Orange County Department of Health and the Mental Health Department, about the bedbug occurrence. Decker said there was no risk to others in the hospital.
“Each patient was showered and given new clothing before being transported to the other unit,” Decker said.
A hospital is probably an easier place to treat than most homes (due to clutter, furniture, and the way homes are set up), but if the hospital was only treated once, they may need to treat again. They should also inspect the entire hospital for bed bugs.
Patients, families, and other patients may want to know that the patients’ belongings may still be infested, if these were not treated or removed. Employees should be aware that they, too, could have moved the problem around to other rooms or to staff areas (even possibly taking the bugs home).
My heart goes out to those patients, who have enough to worry about without bed bugs.
Thanks to Bugalina, who mentioned hearing about this infestation on the Curtis and Kuby AM770 radio show today.