Cleaning patient shower facilities: a novel approach to reducing patient exposure to aerosolized Aspergillus species and other opportunistic molds

Elias J. Anaissie, Shawna L. Stratton, Maria Cecilia Dignani, Choon Kee Lee, Tahsine H. Mahfouz, John H. Rex, Richard C. Summerbell, Thomas J. Walsh

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Abstract

We previously have demonstrated that the hospital water-distribution system could be a reservoir for airborne molds that leads to secondary aerosolization of these molds in patient shower facilities. In this report, we show that cleaning the floors of patient shower facilities in a bone marrow transplantation unit reduced the mean air concentrations of molds, including Aspergillus species (from 12 cfu/m3 to 4 cfu/m3; P=.0047).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-88
Number of pages3
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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