Krasinski, K.; Holzman, R.S.; Hanna, B.; Greco, M.A.; Graff, M.; Bhogal, M.
Nosocomial fungal pulmonary infections (Zygomycetes, Aspergillus sp.) developed in two premature infants in a special care unit (SCU) adjacent to an area of renovation. Inspection showed that inadequate barriers permitted the passage of airborne particles between the two areas, and cultures confirmed a significantly higher (p less than or equal to 0.05) density of mold spores in the SCU (0.88 cfu per hour per settling plate) compared to a construction-free comparison area (0.22 cfu per hour per settling plate). The major source of mold was the dust above the hospital’s false ceiling. In another construction area, imperious barriers were shown to effectively restrict the dispersal of mold. Our experience adds Rhizopus to Aspergillus as a possible cause of construction-related nosocomial infection. Sporadic episodes will continue to occur until the hazards of renovation are appreciated and effective preventive measures are routinely instituted.Krasinski, K. … [et al.]