A Columbus hospital has recently had bed bugs in two patient units, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Misti Crane writes:
Bedbugs found in two patient units at Nationwide Children’s Hospital prompted aggressive cleaning and the relocation of patients, according to a statement issued by the hospital.
It said the problem, which has been eliminated, was not due to poor sanitation, nor was it a health threat.
The hospital has hired a pest-control expert and is using a specially trained dog that can detect the presence of bedbugs. The hospital has many units of varying sizes, but officials would not say which units or how many rooms were affected.
“We will continue to take whatever measures are necessary to address this issue, which has unfortunately become chronic in central Ohio,” the statement says.
It’s not the first hospital to become infested with bed bugs, and it won’t be the last.
Bed bugs are hitchhikers: they come into hospitals with people, and other people may then leave the hospital with bed bugs too.
It’s important for hospitals to have a plan for this eventuality, so they can immediately take the necessary steps to get rid of the problem.