Mold in Medical Facilities Can Endanger Patients

Mold in Medical Facilities Can Endanger Patients
Mold growing in medical settings like hospitals can sicken, or even kill, patients and others.

Hospitals across the country face constant battles to keep patients from getting sicker while admitted to their facilities. Even prestigious hospitals, such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), struggle with the problem of nosocomial infections. According to recent reports, five patients at UPMC have died from mold-related infections since the Fall of 2014. Mold in hospitals and other medical facilities can infect patients with already-weakened immune systems relatively easily. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, lab facilities and other medical outlets across South Florida can protect the health of their patients from external sources of disease by keeping their premises clean and taking preemptive actions to prevent disease and infection. They can hire businesses that offer mold remediation fort lauderdale services to test for and eradicate mold that could put patients’ health at risk.

Health experts, such as professionals with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimate that tens of thousands of people die from hospital-associated infections across the United States each year. Hospitals across South Florida, including facilities in Miami, Plantation, Margate and elsewhere, have struggled in the fight against nosocomial infections. Hospitals in Miami-Dade County can turn to companies that perform mold removal miami work to eliminate mold lurking in bathrooms, air ventilation systems and other areas of their facilities.

Mold can spread to various areas in hospital rooms, examinations rooms, waiting rooms and other areas, where it can strike and sicken patients. Mold spores can migrate to bed linens, chairs, medical equipment and other places in medical settings, potentially putting patients and their guests and family members at risk. People can contract mold-related infections by breathing in mold spores or coming into contact with mold spores. Mold can cause infections when it comes into contact with open wounds. Medical facilities may want to do more to prevent mold-related illnesses from occurring at their sites, given the heightened attention to this deadly trend.

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