I work with ER patients, not bed bugs, thankyouverymuch
August 16, 2013 2:41 PM Subscribe
How do I prevent getting bed bugs while working in two emergency rooms? this is pretty much the question, but if you like details, there are some inside!
posted by carlypennylane to health & fitness (6 answers total)
I live in a major city and take public transportation. I also work in two emergency rooms, which happen to be in lower-income neighborhoods and have not-that-diligent staff, so cleanliness is often somewhat questionable.
Recently, I got a bed bug infestation. It was the early stages, which made the pest guy believe I picked up a bed bug somewhere out in the world and brought them home, and now I am paranoid. How do I prevent this from happening again?
I know it's impossible to be 100% sure, and I don't pick up used furniture/clothes, or sit on patients' beds in the ER, but are there other things I could be doing to avoid bed bugs from coming home again? I feel like working in hospitals with a caseload of mostly homeless patients/ppl living in shelters puts me at higher risk.
ANY tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated, and hopefully useful to other hospital staff or city-folk. Thanks in advance for any help!