Focus: Infection Control

Probe: Hospital used OR without HEPA filter when infant got sick

January 20, 2020

Newly released documents show that Washington Department of Health investigators questioned Seattle Children’s use of an operating room during a cardiac surgery on an infant in early October 2019, according to an article on the King5 website.

That baby later tested positive for Aspergillus infection. 

While OR suite #11 had not undergone new construction to add a HEPA filter, several other of the hospital’s operating rooms did have advanced filtration systems.

The hospital said that OR #11 had continued negative air sample results when tested for Aspergillus and that the closure of the OR was creating concerns of workflow issues with caseloads.

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