The patient was met at the hospital entry door (the outpatient clinic is in the hospital) and transported per chux lined wheelchair to the fifth floor outpatient infusion area. Once on the floor, he was taken directly to the shower. His clothing was placed and sealed in a plastic bag. The chux were inspected for bedbugs before being discarded in a separate plastic bag, and any bedbugs were placed in a sealed container for disposal by EVS. After showering, he put on hospital scrubs and was transported per wheelchair lined with fresh chux, to his assigned treatment room. The chux were again inspected for bedbugs. the wheelchair stayed in his room during his treatment. After treatment, he changed back into his clothes and was discharged per chux lined wheelchair. Both his treatment room and the shower areas were closed until cleaned and approved by EVS for use.
Transporting per wheelchair ensured the patient arrived and left by the most direct route, minimizing exposure.
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Yes we have bed bug issues at least three to four times a year in our chemotherapy and radiation outpatient department.
How we deal with it? While patient still needs to be treated? ...
When a bug is identified we let the patient know and they have to exterminate their home and bring certificate
Meanwhile when patient arrives we get them straight into a shower and they change into clean clothes that we have collected over the course of time
We put their clothes in a double black plastic bag seal it and take to their car while patient gets treated.
We will do this every day or every time the patient comes in until we get the certificate.
Joy Hepkins RN BSN OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
1500 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby PA 19023
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