Hospital is a place which demands extra cleanliness and care. Patients come there to get treatment of sudden illness, contagious diseases, for delivery or abortions. For such serious cases, hospitals are meant to be free from germs. For this pest control is the solution.
Hospitals, medical-care centers, or rehabilitation facilities need to maintain a standard level of sanitation. The biggest challenge for them is to ensure that the facility remains pest-free. Patients who come here are sick or have any medical condition; they expect to get healthy and not to get more health problems.
Generally, pest control is the least concern of health-care facilities. They are more focused on getting patients in and out and care less about the sterile and nurturing environment. Well, if they would ignore pest control all their goals would be at risk. Pest infestations are not only a threat to the staff or patients they can also put a treatment room out of service.
As the facility grows in size so does the risk of pest infestations. More number of bathrooms, a larger kitchen, and more food being made and served, all add to the risk of pest infestations.
You need effective, precise, and clear strategies to deal with pests in health-care facilities. You also need personnel who can implement these strategies.
To get rid of the pests and protect the health facility from their infestations you first need to know what pests are more likely to attack. You need to do a deep search inside the building and also a deep lookout outside the building to determine who your enemies are.
Most Common Pests Found in Hospitals
One pest that is found in every hospital and poses the highest health risks is a cockroach. Cockroaches are capable of spreading disease quickly as they can spread 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms. They can cause health problems like asthma and indoor allergy. They are more likely to affect children and older people. You need to kill them at their source or make sure that their entrance is blocked. You will find them mostly in the laundry room, kitchen, floor drains, sinks, vending machines, etc. So, you need to protect these places and equipment.
Another most common pest found in health care facilities is a rodent. They can cause extreme health problems as they can contaminate all kinds of food and the surface or material used. You need a professional to inspect every part of the building to find and eliminate rodents. You also need to block their entry points.
One another threat to the health care facilities is ants. They can contaminate food and materials. The most dangerous of these ants is pharaoh ant, capable of spreading disease pathogens. Another most common found pests in hospitals is sugar ants. You can hire a professional who will teach you how to get rid of sugar (tiny) ants naturally.
Educate the Staff
Developing a pest control program for a hospital or any other health care facility is a lot challenging. Implementing a pest control program and maintaining it is even more challenging. This is because here you are dealing with a complex physical infrastructure and a diverse staff. You need to address educate all staff on all levels. From the top tier to the lowest you need to explain to them the importance of pest control. Make them understand what threats pests pose and how it is dangerous for them, the patients, and the facility itself.
You can ask a professional to give a lecture to the staff on the importance of pest control. He can take different seminars and address different issues related to pest management.
Pest Control Programs
The best pest control programs are those which are backed by every decision-maker in the facility. For which you can find highly qualified pest control professional who can implement the programs in the best way.
You can see the pest control programs which other popular health care facilities have adopted, and judging on their success you can adopt one. You can also check the professional they hired and you can choose the one that delivered the best result.
After you have hired professional they can work together with the decision-makers and make and implement the best pest control policy. Some important points of the policy would be:
- Block every entry point of the pest. Bloch the passage of the pests that enter from immediate surroundings.
- Protect the kitchen and keep food and the materials uses completely sealed when not in use.
- Regularly clean public eating areas as well as the bathrooms.
- Make sure there aren’t any trees or plants within two feet of the building.