Air And Ventilation Management

Laminar air-flow rooms and/or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration have been advocated as measures to reduce the concentration of potential airborne pathogens, particularly fungal spores . The efficacy of such measures is most established for high-risk patients, such as those with prolonged neutropenia and/or HSCT transplantation. The importance of such measures for patients with lower risk, shorter duration neutropenia is less well established.39

When hospital construction is taking place, it is prudent to take all preventive measures possible to prevent exposure of vulnerable patients to increased fungal spores. These measures may include masks when patients leave the floor, protective barriers, air surveillance, or even moving an entire ward during phases of construction. When outbreaks of unexpected fungal

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