UPMC Mold Infections Linked to Improper Use of Negative-Pressure Rooms
May 23, 2016 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released findings from its investigation into a cluster of mold infections at two UPMC hospitals in Pittsburgh that contributed to the deaths of four organ transplant patients, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control & Quality website.
The agency's findings included:
• The three patients with probable cases received care in the same room. That room was the only negative-pressure isolation room in the unit, and none of the three patients needed negative-pressure isolation.
• The room had a door leading to a carpeted hallway and family room. "Frequent use of this door might have disturbed airflow, allowing dust and mold spores, if present, to enter the room," according to the CDC report.
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This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, Facilities.net.