According to KOMO News, Seattle Children’s Hospital Dr. Jeff Sperring has revealed that five additional deaths have been linked to an ongoing investigation of deadly mold infections at the hospital.
Reports reveal that between 2001 and 2014, seven children developed infections related to an Aspergillus mold infestation resulting in the deaths of five of those children. These deaths are in addition to seven infections and one death recorded since summer 2018.
In a prepared statement, Dr. Sperring stated that the infections were initially thought to be isolated incidents, but an investigation revealed that the infections were most likely linked to the air handling systems in the hospital’s operating rooms failing to properly remove the dangerous mold.
The hospital is in the process of installing a new rooftop air handler in addition to new, custom-built high-efficiency particulate air filters. The new filters will be installed in all of its operating rooms and adjacent supply areas.
Pending completion of the project, Seattle Children’s Hospital will perform surgeries at partner hospitals, including Harborview, Swedish, UW Medical Center and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
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