Study of fungal load in wards, departments and doctors' equipments in a tertiary care hospital and evaluation of 3 new mounting solutions for fungal micromorphological study
Haider S, Dr. Sayan Bhattacharyya
Fungi are very important causes of nosocomial infections. Fungal infections of hospital origin are gaining importance in recently due to their progressive increase and high mortality and morbidity with which they are associated. Unpleasant hospital IAQ may lead to hospital-acquired fungal infections, sick hospital syndrome, and various occupational risks. Numerous bacteria and fungi have been documented on mobile phone screens of doctors and nurses. Lactophenol cotton blue is an age old mounting medium for studying fungal colony micromorphology but has limitations like high cost. In our study we assessed fungal bioload in hospital environments like tables, doctors' stethoscopes, mobile phone screens, and also found out 3 mountig fluids which are cheaper alternatives to Lactophenol cotton blue. Air was sampled by setle plate technique and culture of swab was done on Sabouraud's dextrose agar. Load of fungi like Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium was very high in these objects.
Haider S, Dr. Sayan Bhattacharyya. Study of fungal load in wards, departments and doctors' equipments in a tertiary care hospital and evaluation of 3 new mounting solutions for fungal micromorphological study. International Journal of Medical and Health Research, Volume 3, Issue 9, 2017, Pages 49-51