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Bedbugs: What Nurses Need to Know From treating lesions to treating the home, management of an infestation is multifaceted.

Barnes, Emily R. DNP, RN; Murray, Billie S. MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000044

I t could happen to anyone. A family is vacationing, and after checking into a hotel the kids and their mother go to bed. A short while later, the husband approaches the bed where his wife is sleeping; he notices something moving on the white sheet near her head. It's an insect. He catches it, places it on a tissue, and logs onto his computer to try to identify it. Soon he realizes it's a bedbug, wakes his wife and children, and calls the front desk. The hotel's pest manager comes up and confirms it: there's a bedbug infestation in the room, and the hotel moves the family to another part of the building.

Emily R. Barnes and Billie S. Murray are Clinical Assistant Professors at West Virginia University School of Nursing in Morgantown.

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The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

This article originally appeared in American Journal of Nursing 2013;113(10):58–62.

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