Aurora woman denied medical care due to BB bites(5 posts)
I wasn't able to access via the link but I went to the website...great article -It's probably pretty harsh to deny someone medical treatment because of bites but I really like the protocol at the other clinic where they isolated the patient, counseled and followed up then did precautionary treatment of the areas that might have been contaminated. Strangely I don't think that's going too far to protect their staff and other patients. It reminds me of the other story of the Trenton man who turned up at a courthouse with bedbugs climbing all over him....they were the other end of the spectrum
I see. Hmmm. I thought bedbugs were just a "nuisance" and not a health issue. This woman has a health issue that couldn't be tended to, because of a nuisance.
I understand why the doctor turned her away, but it is stories like these that make it clear that the bedbug issue needs to be redefined. I know plenty of pain in the ass people who are a nuisance to health care providers, but they get their shots or whatever they need. Bed bugs might not carry diseases, but they are way past nuisance. A stronger understanding of the severity of this problem might generate greater resources towards better solutions.
Wow, this is so crazy!!! So if I go to see a doctor about some other health issues I have to tell him I have BB"s? What if I don't? And am I supposed to tell all my friends or people I come in contact with? Is my husband supposed to tell his office? I just can't believe the severity of this and yet, the govt' isn't helping in this!!!! I mean life has to go on. People can't quit their jobs, you still have to grocery shop, go to the p.o. etc.
I would advise taking steps to avoid spreading bed bugs (per the Travel FAQs).
I would not, however, advise telling everyone you have bed bugs.
Unfortunately, many people aren't educated enough about bed bugs to understand what precautions are necessary to reduce chances of spreading bed bugs.
There has been at least one case where someone reported being fired simply for telling their employer that they had bed bugs at home -- even though there was no evidence they had come to work, and even though the person was taking steps to avoid taking them to work.
There have been cases when hospitals have turned people away because they admitted to having bed bugs, even though they were taking steps to avoid spreading them, and even though there may be any number of other patients at the hospital who might have them and are not aware of it, or who -- aware of their own bed bug problems -- are nevertheless taking no steps to avoid spreading them, and are not warning the hospital.
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