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Bed bugs were found in two different locations at Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, according to the CBC News article Bedbugs discovered at Yellowknife’s Stanton Hospital.
Bed bugs were found in both the staff lounge and men’s locker rooms.
Stanton Territorial Hospital, Yellowknife, NT
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According to CBC News,
Staff who had used either of those areas were notified and told to remove their clothing, put them in sealed bags and given instructions for how to launder them properly when they got home.
Reid says pest exterminators have sprayed both rooms and furniture in the lounge has been destroyed .
The exterminator will return to spray both areas one more time and they’ve set traps in case other bedbugs show up.
The hospital reacted efficiently in sealing clothing and providing instructions for treatment, though hopefully items such as bags and shoes were not neglected.
I also note that destroying furniture seems like a waste of resources.
Bed bugs are likely to be a recurrent problem in public spaces like hospitals, so they would probably be better served by setting up a method to decontaminate infested items as big as chairs and beds. Heat is very reliable method of killing bed bugs when used properly.
Since staff or clients may come in with bed bugs at any point (and the locations here suggest staff are the likely source in this instance), teaching all staff how to detect bed bugs and react accordingly would also go a long way in preventing or controlling future introductions of bed bugs to the hospital.