In recent news from Pittsburgh, a Veterans Affairs hospital’s intensive care unit was shut down after technicians found signs of mold infestation.
Officials say that maintenance workers found mold in the heating and ventilation system during routine checks, prompting patients to be moved to another ICU within the hospital as a safety precaution.
The fluffy mold colonies were located in the middle of a large rooftop unit which houses several filters that are 99.7% efficient at removing particulates. Although high confidence in the filtering system, mold was still able to find its way inside.
Remediation crews are currently clearing out the mold infestation and results from air samples should be available within a few days. Hospital officials anticipate the ICU will be reopened when the testing results come back.