SAMPLING OF SPORES OF ASPERGILLUS SPP. IN AIR AT DEPARTMENT OF HEMATOLOGY IN LJUBLJANA

  • Renata Ocvirk Inštitut za mikrobiologijo in imunologijo Medicinska fakulteta Zaloška 4 1000 Ljubljana
  • Tadeja Matos Inštitut za mikrobiologijo in imunologijo Medicinska fakulteta Zaloška 4 1000 Ljubljana
  • Matjaž Sever Klinični oddelek za hematologijo Klinični center Zaloška 7 1525 Ljubljana
  • Samo Zver Klinični oddelek za hematologijo Klinični center Zaloška 7 1525 Ljubljana
Keywords: air quality, HEPA filters, invasive aspergillosis

Abstract

Background. Invasive aspergillosis is the most f requent and the most greatly feared infectious complication in neutropenic hematological patients. In order to prevent exogeneous aspergillus infection in such patients, their environment should be as free as possible from aspergillus spores, i.e. considerably below 1,0 CFU/m3.

Methods. With the air sampling at different points of Haematology Department in the Ljubljana Clinical Center we wished to compare concentration of spores of Aspergillus spp. and to define an efficacy of hygienic-sanitary measures at those points.

Results. Air sampling revealed that there is no essential difference in concentration of spores of Aspergillus spp. between external and internal air and also among different spaces at Haematology Department. The concentration of spores of Aspergillus spp. varied between 0.0 and 19.2 CFU/m3.

Conclusions. Concentrations of spores of Aspergillus spp. in different units of Haematology Department are extremely high and unacceptable. This is probably the consequence of the different external and internal environment factors. However, we may conclude that the most influential factor is unfiltered air.

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Ocvirk R, Matos T, Sever M, Zver S. SAMPLING OF SPORES OF ASPERGILLUS SPP. IN AIR AT DEPARTMENT OF HEMATOLOGY IN LJUBLJANA. ZdravVestn [Internet]. 1 [cited 22Aug.2019];73. Available from: https://vestnik.szd.si/index.php/ZdravVest/article/view/2454
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