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Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities: Challenging, Yet Crucial
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities - Challenging, Yet Crucial

 

Aside from areas where medical procedures are performed, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities are made up of an extended network of non-medical office and service buildings. Kitchens in hospitals are very much alike large commercial kitchens in restaurants, operating similar equipment and being governed by much of the same safety guidelines. In terms of design and organization, patient rooms are no different than hotel rooms, while the vending machines, lobbies, locker rooms, and gift shops found in hospitals can also be found in several other types of buildings.

 

And just like restaurants, hotels, and other commercial facilities, healthcare facilities provide all the necessary conditions – food, water, and shelter – for insects and rodents to thrive.

 

Risk Factors

 

Environmental factors that facilitate the entry of pests in healthcare facilities include:

 

  • The incoming flux of new patients

 

  • Hospital employees living in infested homes who bring pests through their clothes and personal belongings

 

  • Service staff that move between different hospitals or service buildings

 

  • Contact with infested food and gift shop items, such as flowers

 

  • Improper garbage collection areas

 

  • Improper landscaping that can attract pests and nuisance birds

 

Environmental factors facilitating the survival of pests include:

 

  • Improper storage of foodstuffs

 

  • Spills in patient and employee rooms

 

  • Organic waste and bodies of standing water

 

  • Cracks and crevices that act as harborages for pests to live and breed

 

Environmental factors that encumber the eradication of pests include:

 

  • Busy schedules in most medical facilities that prevent infested areas from being available for sanitation and cleaning services

 

  • Improper pest control programs that only deal with existing infestations

 

  • The use of chemicals and infective treatments that disperse instead of eliminate an infestation

 

  • Restricted access in patient areas (such as intensive care units)

 

  • Lack of funds and staff ignorance regarding the risks of infestation from pests

 

Most Problematic Pests

 

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While there may be a wide range of pests, rodents, and arthropods commonly associated with the health care industry, there are no unique hospital pests.

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