Seattle Children's hospital reopened 14 operating rooms closed after mold found

July 11, 2019

Seattle Children's hospital reopened 14 operating rooms after a deep cleaning and an upgrading of systems for humidifying, air purification and air handling, according to an article on the NBC News website.

One patient died and five others developed an infection from mold following surgical procedures over the last two years.

The hospital closed the operating rooms in May after routine testing detected aspergillus in several ORs and in equipment storage areas. 

The hospital hired an outside company to investigate and alerted the Department of Health on May 20. An additional 10 operating rooms were closed May 24 and as a precaution, Seattle Children's sent letters to about 3,000 families of patients who had operations and may have been exposed.

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