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Woman Turned Away From Hospital Because Of Bed Bugs ( Denver )
Denver Channel ^ | May 27, 2011 | Amanda Kost

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,”

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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bedbug; bedbugs

1 posted on 05/28/2011 9:37:43 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
And the doctor is correct.

I hate going to church during flu and cold season ... I always come home with something

2 posted on 05/28/2011 9:40:09 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: george76

www.bedbugregistry.com

Don’t check in anywhere without it...


3 posted on 05/28/2011 9:42:10 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: george76

Ugh!


4 posted on 05/28/2011 9:44:27 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: knarf; george76
Sort of off topic, but along the general line of medical procedure refusals, I've been told that some anesthesiologists won't give an epidural to gals who've had Tramp Stamp tats in the target area.

I can see the point, not knowing the breakdown of the ink - and that specialty's high malpractice insurance rates.

5 posted on 05/28/2011 9:45:56 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: george76
Ahh, another benefit of open borders!!

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.

6 posted on 05/28/2011 9:46:03 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a matter of fact, not a matter of opinion)
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To: george76

I can’t believe anyone would publicly complain about this. We really have to bring back ‘shame’.


7 posted on 05/28/2011 9:47:31 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: george76

Couldn’t they just dust her with DDT?


8 posted on 05/28/2011 9:47:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: knarf

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


9 posted on 05/28/2011 9:51:16 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Paladin2
It was good enough for our GIs ...

10 posted on 05/28/2011 9:52:44 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: knarf

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!!!!!!).


11 posted on 05/28/2011 9:53:18 AM PDT by savagesusie
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To: george76

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’?


12 posted on 05/28/2011 9:54:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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?


13 posted on 05/28/2011 10:01:36 AM PDT by giotto
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To: george76

Don’t they do “quarantines” anymore??


14 posted on 05/28/2011 10:07:12 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: ReneeLynn
I can’t believe anyone would publicly complain about this. We really have to bring back ‘shame’.

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.

15 posted on 05/28/2011 10:08:01 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right

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?


16 posted on 05/28/2011 10:12:23 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: george76

Good move.


17 posted on 05/28/2011 10:16:42 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: giotto
the doctor should have found some way to treat the woman. What if doctors started turning away everyone with an infectious disease?

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.

18 posted on 05/28/2011 10:38:07 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: george76

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?


19 posted on 05/28/2011 10:43:29 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: george76

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


20 posted on 05/28/2011 10:51:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (I asked the bartender for a bin Ladin, she said 'what's that? I said 'two shots then a splash.')
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To: savagesusie

>>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.”


21 posted on 05/28/2011 10:52:11 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: Let's Roll

Any responsible medical doctor would not want his office infested with bedbugs.


22 posted on 05/28/2011 10:52:18 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: NonValueAdded

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.


23 posted on 05/28/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT by kaila
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To: george76
When the college dorms get their unavoidable big infestation..it'll be Katie Bar the Door. Imagine all those kids bringing home bugs!

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.

24 posted on 05/28/2011 11:04:56 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

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!


25 posted on 05/28/2011 11:06:20 AM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: B4Ranch
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.”

Better yet, just spread a gob of vaseline on your hand and say you just sneezed. Admittedly, if you do it enough, no one will want to shake your hand. But you'll be healthy!
26 posted on 05/28/2011 11:08:15 AM PDT by Krankor (that caused the place to be shut down and have the police called.)
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To: Always Right
Lot of high class hotels have had some issues.

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.

27 posted on 05/28/2011 11:26:06 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: george76

It’s Aurora, george76. ;-)


28 posted on 05/28/2011 11:42:53 AM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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To: george76

Aurora’s like the Star Wars canteen.


29 posted on 05/28/2011 11:48:01 AM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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To: savagesusie
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.

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.

30 posted on 05/28/2011 11:50:11 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Krankor; PAR35

There’s something to be said for home worship.


31 posted on 05/28/2011 1:29:19 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: kaila

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.


32 posted on 05/28/2011 1:50:35 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: giotto

Would you want to have surgery in a hospital with a bedbug infection? Not too sterile!


33 posted on 05/28/2011 1:52:43 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Moltke

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.


34 posted on 05/28/2011 3:40:23 PM PDT by LynnHam
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To: LynnHam

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?


35 posted on 05/28/2011 3:46:52 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

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!


36 posted on 05/28/2011 4:04:50 PM PDT by LynnHam
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To: P-Marlowe

Weren’t bed bugs found to carry MRSA?


37 posted on 05/28/2011 4:33:52 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2

yes that is correct!


38 posted on 05/28/2011 4:44:12 PM PDT by LynnHam
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To: tbw2

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.


39 posted on 05/28/2011 5:23:57 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: P-Marlowe

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.


40 posted on 05/28/2011 8:27:33 PM PDT by giotto
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Later


41 posted on 05/28/2011 9:10:34 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: Mamzelle

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).


42 posted on 05/30/2011 11:31:15 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Mamzelle
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?

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.

43 posted on 05/31/2011 9:48:19 AM PDT by lonerepubinma
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To: lonerepubinma

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.


44 posted on 05/31/2011 7:49:32 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: giotto; Always Right

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.


45 posted on 08/29/2011 5:15:25 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: george76

Poor woman...she needs help! to rid her home of bedbugs...


46 posted on 08/29/2011 5:17:13 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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