Skip to comments.Woman Turned Away From Hospital Because Of Bed Bugs ( Denver )
Posted on 05/28/2011 9:37:39 AM PDT by george76
An Aurora woman said she was turned away by a doctor for a pain injection because her home is infested with bed bugs.
Christine Lewis was set for a spinal injection at the Medical Center of Aurora South. She said everything was going fine until a nurse asked her about the bug bites that covered her arms.
Lewis said she was denied the injection and treatment. She said her doctor showed her the door. He made the comment, he's like, it could be in your hair, it could be in your clothes and we can't have you bring that into our operating room,
The patient is advised to have a licensed pest control company inspect and treat their home. If the home is still infested, the patient is encouraged to store a set of clothes for medical appointments in a sealed plastic bag. Those clothes should be sealed immediately after they are washed and dried on high heat.
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I hate going to church during flu and cold season ... I always come home with something
Don’t check in anywhere without it...
I can see the point, not knowing the breakdown of the ink - and that specialty's high malpractice insurance rates.
They should have run her through a tank of sheep dip.
If an infestation of bedbugs got started in a hospital it could cost a small fortune to eradicate.
I can’t believe anyone would publicly complain about this. We really have to bring back ‘shame’.
Couldn’t they just dust her with DDT?
I agree - the situation was not an emergency, and bringing bed-bugs into a large hospital could be disastrous.
A recent study showed that bed bugs can carry MRSA
Oh, don’t get me started on the PC-church forced-fake -expressions of “peace” and “love” among strangers. I do not like to shake hands with people who are constantly coughing and it puts you on the spot and makes you look anti-social when you do not. (Social-engineering at its finest).
Get back to the traditional Latin practices prior to the Kumbaya hippie era and political correctness from cultural Marxism (anti-Christian, anyways!!!!!!).
Good for the nurse and the Doc. How long before Sebelius makes it illegal for medical staff to ask about bedbug bites on the grounds of ‘invasion of privacy’?
While I share my fellow Freepers’ horror at the thought of bedbugs, the doctor should have found some way to treat the woman. What if doctors started turning away everyone with an infectious disease?
Don’t they do “quarantines” anymore??
Not sure it should be considered that shameful. Bedbugs have been found in some of the best homes in this country. Lot of high class hotels have had some issues. This isn't really an issue of living in filth. Seems odd that a hospital can't treat sick people.
Her home is infested and she’s bitten up. Didn’t sound as if she was doing anything about it at the time. Besides that, if I had this unfortunate infestation I would not go complaining publicly that I wasn’t treated because of it. Who the heck wants large groups of people to know that you have a bedbug problem?
IOW, Doctors should be forced to treat people they don't want to treat and Hospitals should be forced to treat patients they don't want to treat?????
Spoken like a true socialist PC nanny stater.
This was an ELECTIVE procedure and the woman was endangering every person in that hospital by bringing disease ridden insects into the hospital environment.
Doctors and hospitals should be free to choose who they treat and when they treat them and under what conditions they want to treat them. And if a patient wants an elective procedure and their presence in an office or a hospital might endanger other patients, they should be shown the door every time. If I am a patient in a hospital, I sure as hell don't want to share a room with a person who is infested with bed bugs.
The same socialist PC nanny staters who outlawed DDT, which would have cured this problem permanently by now, are the ones who would demand that this doctor treat this woman or lose his license to practice medicine.
And this woman found the doctor’s stand inappropriate? Somehow she has the right to infest countless others who are already sick? And others going forward from there?
If she was infested, then they should have treated her for that condition. It would have made for a nice impromptu hazmat drill. Kinda like a Karen Silkwood scrubdown scenario. /Two Dogs
>>I do not like to shake hands with people who are constantly coughing and it puts you on the spot and makes you look anti-social when you do not. (Social-engineering at its finest).<<
Hold your purse in your right hand and a tissue in your left. If someone wants to shake hands refuse saying, “I’m afraid I’ll give you my cold.”
Any responsible medical doctor would not want his office infested with bedbugs.
It is up to the patient to treat themselves when they have a bedbug or lice infestation.
If they have no shame, and are willing to infect a hospital- then all I have to say is that they are trash.
Hospital personnel have better things to do than to debug patients who come in for an elective procedure.
Advice--leave all luggage and goods outside in the sunlight if you can, vacuum all around the seams, take laundry in a load at a time and wash it on hot. Make them all take a shower. They have a pretty good flea/bedbug spray out at Lowes. Use up a few cans.
Let 'em call you crazy--because as soon as they live with an infestation, they won't call you crazy anymore.
My wife and I travel every year. We have stayed in motels all over the U.S. I can’t stand staying in motels.
There are many reasons I bought an Airstream travel trailer... this would be one!
I see a new Strauss-Kahn defense in there somewhere..."The bedbugs made me do it!" Or, "The bedbugs transferred my DNA to the maid!" Etc.
It’s Aurora, george76. ;-)
Aurora’s like the Star Wars canteen.
I bring my hands together in a position of prayer, thumbs against chest, and give something between a deep nod and a shallow bow. And I know where the hand sanitizer dispensers are strategically located around the church for those circumstances where I absolutely have to shake.
There’s something to be said for home worship.
When my son was little, he was bringing home head lice fairly often, and then he brought home intestinal worms. Both were disgusting. I didn’t see the head lice until he crawled in bed with me for a cuddle. Great! I treated the whole family, washed all the bedding in hot water and dried on high heat. Sprayed all the furniture. I also notified everybody he had been in contact with. I remembered seeing his little friend borrow his bike helmet the day before. I had to swallow my pride and call his Mom.
I understand these bedbugs are especially hard to get rid of. Sounds like the lady in the article needs to call in the pros to get rid of them.
Would you want to have surgery in a hospital with a bedbug infection? Not too sterile!
The History of Bed Bugs:
Bed bugs have been around for centuries. Documentation reaching as far back as the 17th century has told about infestations of bed bugs. In the United States, bed bugs were very common until about World War II. With the introduction of such pesticides as DDT, a great decrease in infestations occurred. It was not until the last decade that reported cases gave an indication of a possible rise in bed bug infestations.
Authorities believe that the rise in reports can be attributed to the extermination tactics of pest control today. Today, many pest control experts use baiting tactics for in home infestations of such things as ants, roaches, and spiders. These baiting tactics work well for their intended subjects, but since bed bugs are blood feeders, they do not fall for the baiting tricks used. This change in exterminating technique has contributed to the rise in reported bed bug infestations. More on the history of bed bugs.
Frankly, I wonder why infestations are not even more pervasive. You know how college guys live, and the places they go and the lack of hygiene...my curiosity is why haven’t we heard about massive infestations in college dorms?
they are running rampart
I used to be one of those kids that ran behind our local bug sprayer DDT fogger and I’m still alive today !
I bet they would also take care of bed bugs and
West Nile virus!
Weren’t bed bugs found to carry MRSA?
yes that is correct!
Yes, but to be cautious and conservative, a few of the bugs themselves had the bacteria on their bodies. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are likely carriers. There’s plenty of reason to be concerned about bedbugs, but we shouldn’t behave like all the chicken littles out there who got DDT banned in the first place.
I said that the doctor should have found some way to treat her, e.g. by decontaminating her first, burning her clothes, etc. But P-Marlowe was right about the fact that, because she was there for elective surgery, not for bedbug treatment, he was under no ethical or professional obligation to treat her at all. I stand corrected in that regard.
The great story here in Northern Virginia was when the public libraries here had to shut down and insecticide and bake all their books because the bedbugs were climbing into the spines of children’s books (no mention of the language of the books).
I have done extensive electrical/communication work in dorms all over the Northeast and I can tell you without a doubt that the women's dorms are by far the biggest pig pens.
OK, well, my question is still the same. I can’t understand why there have not been stories of massive infestations in college dorms, whatever sex.
The hospital needs to have a protocol to deal with patients possibly infested with bed bugs - a sort of de lousing and steam clean their clothes. There must be others with the same problem, and if they don’t admit it to it - as this woman did - they can’t simply be sent away. Also, they might come in with a life threatening condition, so it would be unethical not to treat them.
Always right is right (again!) about the prevalence of this problem. There was a skin crawling article in the London Review of Books about the onward march of bedbugs. They can sneak into the most elite areas. And other insects too. In Sydney, Australia, there have been several seasons in the past when FLEAS took off. You might think that only a very dirty person would have fleas in their house - but not so. Some people affected had no pets and were up in high storey flats! Fortunately, fleas are easier to knock out with insecticides.
I suppose that the greenies will ban all insecticides, and we will all be bitten to death.
Poor woman...she needs help! to rid her home of bedbugs...