Pest Control For Healthcare
With multiple entry points and complex building structure, a healthcare facility mainly faces problems due to pest entering from its immediate surroundings. The difficulty here is managing the constant influx of goods and people into the facility.
How Pests Enter Healthcare Facilities:
From water leakages that would attract various types of pests, to poor management of entry points, to poor landscaping management that will enable pests to enter the building through the upper levels. These are all examples of the several factors that would contribute to pest infestation within a healthcare facility.
The Need For Educational Programs For Staffs
Because of the complexity of this project, it would require the backing of the decision maker and facility in charge to ensure that systems and programs are carried out and followed through. Educational programs are essential to ensure that employees play their part in pest prevention, and pest reporting.
Our Healthcare Pest Control Methodology
Identifying Entry Points
Because these facilities would experience pest infiltration, the facility management must work hand in hand through implementing exclusion steps to prevent pests from entering the building. Entry points should be closed at all times, and only opened when a visitor enters. Windows should also be screened and closed off when necessary.
Food deliveries are another easy way for pests to enter the facility. Thus, it is essential that protocols are in placed to manage food flow. It is ideal for staffs to inspect all food deliveries and look out for signs of pests, such as: damaged packaging, actual sightings, droppings, etc. In the case of pest sightings, to proceed to discard the damaged food appropriately.
Educational Programs & Implementation
A highly qualified pest control team will work with the key in charge to develop an integrated pest management (IPM) program to ensure that there are pest control systems in placed to prevent and handle actual sightings of pests.
Treatment options in IPM would include: sealing cracks, removing water sources, implementing pest control treatments and products accordingly.
Staffs should also be trained to identify and recognise the different types of pests in healthcare facilities, even to the simplest signs of pest infestation: such as sightings of flies in garbage areas, rat droppings, cockroaches roaming around, etc. Staffs should be educated of certain basic pest behaviour and signs.
Facility professionals should proceed to develop educational print materials and have them placed in common areas so that they are easily accessed. Educational seminars should also be held once or twice a year to reinforce the importance of their role in facility maintenance.
Integrated pest management
Tips For Healthcare Professionals
A successful pest management system involves every level of healthcare workers to play their part. Simple habits and actions such as: trash disposal, to maintaining cleanliness should not be taken lightly. There are the two main ways that healthcare professionals can play their part:
Eliminate Food Sources & Monitoring
- Remove sources of moisture in areas such as: plumbing areas, leaking pipes, clogged drains
- Always keep food sealed and stored well
- Clean areas where there is a high volume of people such as: kitchens, public eating areas
- Dispose trash and waste regularly and appropriately, and keep dumpsters closed
- Inspect food delivery boxes when necessary
- Keep storage places dry and ventilated
Regular Check-ins & Repairs
- Ensure that entry points are sealed well
- Remind facility staffs to repair any damaged entry points or decaying wood furnishings
- Sound out to facility staffs upon sighting of pests or signs of pests infestation (e.g. rat droppings)
- Sound out to staff when vegetation is too close to the building (should be kept at least two feet away)
- Check in on kitchen drain clogs and ensure that refrigerators are closed tightly
- Use appropriate pest solutions on susceptible areas (e.g. traps, insecticides, etc.)
Common Pests Found In Healthcare Facilities
- Cockroaches mainly lurk when there are organic waste (garbage) present, or if there are food left out in the open for too long. They can carry around diseases and can potentially contaminate pharmaceutical equipment
- Rats can cause structural damages and can chew on furniture and electrical wiring, which increases the risk of a fire outbreak. They primarily enter for food, water, and shelter
- They are often found in garbage areas and food areas. At times, they can be found in the surgical suites, autopsy rooms, and even laundry rooms. They are either brought into the facility or they enter through the entry points in search for food and water
- Bedbugs infestation mainly happen due to it being carried into the facility through the patients’ belongings, healthcare products, etc. They are often found in patient bed rooms, furniture, and even laundry areas