Officials at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, were forced to restrict access for three days after workers discovered bed bugs in multiple patient rooms during routine cleaning, according to Bloomberg Businessweek reporting. The hospital quickly responded by calling in pest control professionals to eradicate the infected rooms, as well as those adjacent as a precaution.

According to reports, existing patient care was not compromised, but the three-day process did force the hospital to stop admitting patients to the area, instead referring walk-ins to other area hospitals. One patient was reportidly bitten and it is suspected that he may have been the source who inadvertently brought the insects to the hospital.

The problems at Broadlawns underscore the challenge facing business owners to keep out bed bugs and eliminate them once discovered as the critters make a nationwide comeback. Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines reported treating two rooms last September where bed bugs were found. A housing complex for senior citizens in downtown Des Moines also had an outbreak.

David Werning, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, said the bugs are making "a resurgence" in Iowa, and complaints about their presence at hotels and motels have spiked dramatically. Two or three customers are complaining per month, up from about one every other month in 2009, he said.

As for Broadlawns, workers are ready to fight back. The hospital had adopted a policy in December meant to prevent infestation that told staff members to be on the lookout and capture any bed bugs they find. The policy spells out procedures for detection, extermination and cleaning, closing affected rooms and treating affected patients and visitors.

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