Monitoring of Particle Environmental Pollution and Fungal Isolations During Hospital Building-Work Activities in a Hematology Ward

Umberto Moscato, Simona Sica, Walter Ricciardi, Patrizia Laurenti, Barbara Fiori Alfarano, Andrea Barbara, Viviana Amato

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Abstract

Building-work activities could cause dust contamination and fungal spores’ dissemination. A significant relationship was found between building-work activities and the incidence of invasive aspergillosis, in profoundly immunocompromised patients. Renovation-works activities were carried out by four building sites of the hematology ward in a Teaching Hospital without the interruption of clinical activities. These sites were monitored by environmental sampling to determine the particles and fungi count. Clinical surveillance was made using galactomannan antigen test as a proxy for invasive aspergillosis diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis of IA was confirmed by clinical and radiological features. The galactomannan antigen test showed no significant difference between presence (2,75%) and absence (5,03%) of renovation work activities (p=0,522). During the renovation activities, an increment of IA cases with respect to the control period was not recorded. The particle counts showed higher values of small and big-diameter particles before the renovation works if compared to the end of the activities. It was probably due to the containment measures implemented during and immediately after the final phases of the building site. The Fungi counts showed no significant differences between the phase before and after the renovation activities. Our findings show that is possible to perform renovation work, during clinical activities, by increasing clinical and environmental surveillance
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Dust contamination
  • Hematology ward
  • Invasive aspergillosis
  • Protective measures
  • Renovation activities

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