Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Honolulu Ambulances Have a Growing Bedbug Problem

By Jaime LutzApril 5, 2014 1:00 PM

Honolulu ambulances are frequently infested with bedbugs - and the problem is only getting worse.

To keep the pests under control in emergency vehicles, the city is expected to spend $25,200 over the next fiscal year, which begins July 1 - a nearly 50 percent increase from its bedbug budget over the current fiscal year.

"It is going to go into good use and it's going to keep ambulances in service, which will lead to lives saved," said EMS spokeswoman Shayne Enright to Hawaii's ABC affiliate KITV

Ambulances that have bedbugs are taken out of commission for as long as three hours while the vehicle is cleaned. Replacement ambulances are brought in, but there still is a potential risk to patients, Enright said.

"That's taking one of our 20 ambulances out of the community," she said. "Somebody nearby could be having a heart attack and that does jeopardize their care."

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