6 Proactive Plays for Bed Bug Prevention in Hospitals

Bed Bug Prevention Plays

“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” More and more, there is truth behind this familiar expression – bed bugs have been expanding their teams in recent years, and not just where you may think. Although hotels may harbor some of the biggest names in the game, bed bug infestations don’t stop there. Bed bugs have become frequent healthcare patients, too – they have been found in 33 percent of hospitals.

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, their bites cause irritation for many. The bites can create itchy, red welts that result in infection or allergic reaction. Additional suffering is not what recovering hospital patients need. In addition, bed bugs hurt your facility’s image. Even the cleanest of hospitals are susceptible to bed begs, and if word gets out about an infestation, it can be bad for business.

Create a game plan now – don’t let bed bugs chew through your image and cause your patients discomfort.

6 Proactive Plays for Bed Bug Prevention

Avoid having to call in specials teams, a.k.a. the exterminators, and always be on the lookout for bed bugs to lessen the chance of an infestation.

  1. Substitute injured players: Always replace all torn mattresses and box springs.
  2. Run man coverage defense: Seal mattresses and box springs with synthetic covers to prevent bed bugs from spreading to the habitable interior and creating a nest site. Steam clean at high temperatures to eliminate bugs that are offsides.
  3. Throw the yellow flag: Inspect the coverings regularly for tears, holes and any discoloration of the mattress that may indicate an infestation.
  4. Trade and upgrade: Replace wooden bed frames with metal or plastic whenever possible.
  5. Draft the top picks: Thoroughly inspect used furniture and other items for bed bugs before placing them in a room – never purchase used mattresses or box springs.
  6. Craft a playbook: Develop a detailed protocol for the detection and prevention of bed bugs.

Develop a Detection and Treatment Playbook for Your Hospital

Staying one creepy crawl ahead of bed bugs is good for your business, as well as your patients and customers. Use the playbook below to develop a detection plan and learn about treatment options to prevent a bed bug blitz.

How do you stay ahead of the game? Let us know in the comments section.

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.