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Bed bugs in Utah hospital rooms
Posted At: September 27, 2010 7:04 PM | Posted By : admin
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WBIR.com in Utah reported today (September 27, 2010) that two rooms are out of service in UT Hospital after bed bugs were found in a chair by a family member of a patient.  An exterminator came to the hospital and determined the bed bugs where in two rooms in visitor chairs and then exterminated both rooms.  A statement from Sr. Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Norman Majors, the rooms were treated by an exterminator and the chairs were discarded. The impacted rooms will be closed for 17 days and bed bugs have not been found in any other part of the hospital.

The full statement from Norman Majors:

This weekend, a patient's family member notified staff of a problem with a sleeper chair in that patient's room. We immediately moved the patient and family to another room and alerted our facilities staff and a professional exterminator, who confirmed the presence of bed bugs and, upon careful inspection, determined it was limited to two rooms, and only in the visitor sleeper chairs, not in any patient beds. Both rooms were treated by the exterminator and the chairs were discarded. As a precaution, we will keep the rooms closed and out of service for a period of 17 days. Further, we conducted a complete inspection of the entire hospital. Our professional exterminator tells us the medical center is safe for all patients, staff and visitors. We've been informed by local pest control experts that bed bugs are becoming more prevalent throughout our region, making numerous area facilities susceptible to this problem. Therefore, we are encouraging visitors to all local medical facilities to closely and carefully inspect every bag, backpack and personal item they bring with them. In addition to our continuous monitoring and thorough cleaning of every room, we have provided additional specialized training to our staff.


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