How clean is the linen at my hospital? the mucorales on unclean linen discovery study of large United States transplant and cancer centers

Alexander J. Sundermann, Cornelius J. Clancy, A. William Pasculle, Guojun Liu, Richard B. Cumbie, Eileen Driscoll, Ashley Ayres, Lisa Donahue, Steven A. Pergam, Lilian Abbo, David R. Andes, Pranatharthi Chandrasekar, Alison L. Galdys, Kimberly E. Hanson, Kieren A. Marr, Jeanmarie Mayer, Seema Mehta, Michele I Morris, John Perfect, Sanjay G. RevankarBecky Smith, Sankar Swaminathan, George R. Thompson, Merin Varghese, Jose Vazquez, Estella Whimbey, John R. Wingard, M. Hong Nguyen

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-853
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

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Keywords

  • healthcare linens
  • microbiologic surveillance
  • Mucorales
  • Rhizopus
  • Syncephalastrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Sundermann, A. J., Clancy, C. J., Pasculle, A. W., Liu, G., Cumbie, R. B., Driscoll, E., Ayres, A., Donahue, L., Pergam, S. A., Abbo, L., Andes, D. R., Chandrasekar, P., Galdys, A. L., Hanson, K. E., Marr, K. A., Mayer, J., Mehta, S., Morris, M. I., Perfect, J., ... Nguyen, M. H. (2019). How clean is the linen at my hospital? the mucorales on unclean linen discovery study of large United States transplant and cancer centers. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(5), 850-853. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy669