Focus: Infection Control

Mold in hospital’s maternity unit sickens more than 50 employees

January 11, 2019

More than 50 employees in the maternity unit at New York's Staten Island University Hospital North say they've been sickened in recent months by an odor that has been linked to mold, according to an article on the Fox News website.

Air monitoring devices have detected mold at “moderately elevated levels” in addition to “trace levels of anesthetic gases” in the nursery at Staten Island University Hospital North.

The hospital also found “water-borne mold behind a sink wall” and noted the “trace levels” of the anesthetic gases were sevoflurane and nitrous oxide, which “are routinely used during surgical procedures,” the hospital said.

The hospital said the detected amounts “pose no risk to patients, staff or visitors, but some of the affected nurses told the New York Daily News the mold has caused them to become ill, resulting in headaches, dizziness and sore throats, among other alleged symptoms.

Read the article.

 

 

See the latest posts on our homepage


Share

Topic Area: Infection Control


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

The CDC releases official reopening guidelines


Document came about two weeks after the White House reportedly tabled the guidelines

5/26/2020

N.C.’s pandemic medical shelter to go dormant but won’t be dismantled


The shelter can be made ready to take patients within four or five days

5/26/2020

Infection prevention and control in the hospitals of Wuhan


Shelter hospitals have higher risks of nosocomial infection than general hospitals

5/26/2020

Focus: Infection Control

Sustainable hospital design reduces environmental impact while improving performance


By focusing on details such as building orientation, sustainably-sourced materials, better water systems, and increased daylighting, architects can design hospitals that are mindful of the environment

5/26/2020

Focus: Infection Control

What Ghana has to teach US healthcare


The level of healthcare in Ghana is currently very low, whereas the level of healthcare in the U.S. is considerably higher, but they are facing the same concerns

5/26/2020





Post Comment




FREE
NEWSLETTER

News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.