Recent data reveals that poor sanitation in U.S. nursing homes may be worse
than we first thought. Last year, three out of five pest control technicians
reported finding bed bugs in nursing homes, a 46% increase from the year prior.
More than half of all
nursing homes may be infested with bed bugs, report pest control technicians –
and nursing homes might not be the only problem. Many hospitals also reported
problems with bed bugs, about 36% of them, and doctors’ offices
rose to about 33%.
One possible reason for the high rate of bed bug infestation in nursing
homes is the inability to use pesticides. Another reason is likely that
nursing home patients bring more personal belongings with them. Nursing
home residents are usually there for the long haul, so they bring nearly
all (if not all) of their personal items with them, which increases the
chance of infestation.
Aside from the difficulties nursing homes must overcome, nursing home staff
members are overall less vigilant and less concerned about cleanliness
than hospitals are. Nursing homes do not have to adhere to the same regulations
that hospitals do. Pest control experts have identified another problem
– there are simply more bedbugs that exist than ever before.
Sanitation in nursing homes is a serious problem, and when poor sanitation
leads to patient injury or illness, nursing home facilities can be held
responsible. We invite you to contact the
Portland injury lawyers at Paulson Coletti today if your loved one was harmed in a nursing home
or by a caretaker. We fight for justice – contact us today for a
free legal evaluation if you need an advocate.