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Masking of Neutropenic Patients on Transport From Hospital Rooms Is Associated With a Decrease in Nosocomial Aspergillosis During Construction

  • Issam Raad (a1), Hend Hanna (a1), Cheryl Osting (a1), Ray Hachem (a1), Jan Umphrey (a1), Jeffrey Tarrand (a2), Hagop Kantarjian (a3) and Gerald P. Bodey (a1)...

Abstract

To prevent nosocomial pulmonary aspergillosis during hospital construction, neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancy were required to wear high-efficiency masks when leaving their rooms. The rate of nosocomial aspergillosis decreased from 0.73 per 1,000 hospital patient-days during fiscal years 1993 to 1996 to 0.24 per 1,000 hospital patient-days during fiscal years 1996 to 1999 (P < .001). High-efficiency masks reduced nosocomial aspergillosis during hospital construction.

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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Section of Infection Control, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030

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Masking of Neutropenic Patients on Transport From Hospital Rooms Is Associated With a Decrease in Nosocomial Aspergillosis During Construction

  • Issam Raad (a1), Hend Hanna (a1), Cheryl Osting (a1), Ray Hachem (a1), Jan Umphrey (a1), Jeffrey Tarrand (a2), Hagop Kantarjian (a3) and Gerald P. Bodey (a1)...

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