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Health System Management • December 2016

12 WWW.HEALTHSYSTEMMGMT.COM COVER STORY HEALTH SYSTEM MANAGEMENT | DECEMBER | 2016 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Take these steps to prevent infestation in your facility Where do you not want to see a pest? Certainly, not in your hotel room. Or on your dinner plate at a restaurant. And definitely not in your own home. But what about inside a healthcare facility? Of all the places pests can infest, the stakes are higher in hospitals, doctors’ offices and assisted living centers. Aside from the “ick” factor, just consider the threats that pests themselves pose. Cockroaches can pick up and transfer harmful bacteria — and in certain situations, ants can as well. Cockroach droppings and cast skins can aggravate allergies and even cause asthma attacks, especially in children and sensitive individuals. Flies can spread microorganisms, some of which can cause diseases when they land, and they land frequently. Flies have two wings, as opposed to four wings like many other flying insects. With only two wings, they don’t have the ability to stay airborne as long, so they land more frequently and therefore have more opportunities to leave their traces in an abundance of places. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents are known to spread bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, as well as more than 35 diseases worldwide including hantavirus. Bed bugs also pose a serious threat. Bed bug bites can cause minor-to-complex skin reactions and, in some cases, psychological concerns. While often linked to multi-family housing and the hospitality industry, these resilient, pesticide-resistant, fast-reproducing pests have become a growing concern in hospitals, nursing homes and even doctors’ offices. With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that inte


Health System Management • December 2016
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