How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital? The Mucorales on Unclean Linen Discovery Study of Large United States Transplant and Cancer Centers.
Mucormycosis outbreaks have been linked to contaminated linen. We performed fungal cultures on freshly-laundered linens at 15 transplant and cancer hospitals. At 33% of hospitals, the linens were visibly unclean. At 20%, Mucorales were recovered from >10% of linens. Studies are needed to understand the clinical significance of our findings.
Sundermann, AJ; Clancy, CJ; Pasculle, AW; Liu, G; Cumbie, RB; Driscoll, E; Ayres, A; Donahue, L; Pergam, SA; Abbo, L; Andes, DR; Chandrasekar, P; Galdys, AL; Hanson, KE; Marr, KA; Mayer, J; Mehta, S; Morris, MI; Perfect, J; Revankar, SG; Smith, B; Swaminathan, S; Thompson, GR; Varghese, M; Vazquez, J; Whimbey, E; Wingard, JR; Nguyen, MH
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