[Histonet] plants in the lab

Goins, Tresa TGoins at mt.gov
Wed Jun 3 09:18:19 CDT 2015

Patients do not have to go to the fungal spores, the spores will go to the patient.
Depending on spore size, the spores may stay airborne for months - the spores "sediment" to a surface in still air. 
A condition not likely to occur in a hospital environment - they scurry around until finding a lung or mucous membrane to adhere to.
It doesn't take long for a single miss-handled Aspergillus culture plate to contaminate an entire multi-story research lab.

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From: Tony Henwood (SCHN) [mailto:tony.henwood at health.nsw.gov.au] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 3:20 PM
To: Michelle Lamphere; 'histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: Re: [Histonet] plants in the lab

Hi Michelle,
Why would patients be in a histo lab anyway?

From: Michelle Lamphere [MICHELLE.LAMPHERE at childrens.com]
Sent: Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:36 PM
To: 'histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: Re: [Histonet] plants in the lab

Our hospital Safety and Infection Control departments have policies in place prohibiting any potted plants from being in the hospital, anywhere.  We can have them if they are only in water, but the soil presents an infection control issue for patients because of potential mildew, mold, spores, etc.

Michelle Lamphere
Senior Tech, Histology
Anatomic Pathology
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Happy Friday all!

Does anyone have documentation of the benefit of having plants in the lab?  I know this was discusses quite a while ago but I can't find references for it.  Any help would be appreciated.


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