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    Bed Bug Safety Tips When Visiting Homecare Patients – Tips for Nurses and Home Health Aids

    Bed Bug Safety Tips When Visiting Homecare Patients – Tips for Nurses and Home Health Aids

    As a home healthcare professional (Nurse, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, etc.) you can encounter many hazards. One such hazard is possible bed bug infestation. Here are a few tips to help you avoid them.

    Tips for nurses and home health aids to avoid bedbugs:

    • Don’t be shy about asking if there has been any bed bug infestation in the home you are visiting – it’s no different than asking if the dog bites!
       
    • When possible place any equipment inside an anti-bed bug encasement, such as an anti-bedbug laundry bag or anti-bedbug laundry bag. If you remove it while on the patient’s premise, be sure to inspect it again before returning it to the protective covering.
       
    • If possible, cover your shoes with a disposable slip on cover and remove and dispose as soon as you leave the premises.
       
    • Inspect the area you will be working in. Make sure there are no signs of bed bugs, such as brown/reddish streaks or spots on bedding or fabrics, shed bed bug skins, eggs or of course live bed bugs themselves.
       
    • When leaving the patient’s home, inspect your person for any bed bugs or eggs.
       

    More bedbug tips for protecting your family:

    When having a sleepover

    When going off to Summer Camp

    When going off to college

    In the workplace

    When renting a Halloween costume

    When residing in a dormitory

    When using a daycare center

    When staying in a hospital

    When visiting family and friends

    When residing in a Senior Resident Housing