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Mold Found in Baby's Heart After Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital


By Cathy Jakicic Health Care Facilities
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A month after having heart surgery at Seattle Children’s hospital he was fighting for his life as mold infected his heart, according to The Seattle Times.

Seattle Children’s has been trying to contain Aspergillus mold for nearly two decades. 

In a lawsuit against the hospital, the baby’s family said if they had known about the history of mold at the hospital, they wouldn’t have had his initial surgery there. According to their negligence suit, no one from Children’s told them about that history.

A health department’s investigation showed that the hospital’s infection-prevention department wanted to restrict high-risk surgeries to operating rooms with HEPA  filters. The report said the operating room where the baby had his procedure did not have a HEPA filter.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

 

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