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Inspectors Need to Know Mold Testing is "Life or Death" for Transplant Patients and often ignored  XML
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Dan Howard
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Joined: 08/10/2017 02:38 PM EDT
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Location: New Kensington PA

Mold in Homes can make organ transplant patients critically ill and even kill them. No doubt that electrical, plumbing, roofing defects are important ......but mold's ability to kill organ transplant patients is a VERY important and should be at the top of the inspection list.

The residences that patients return home to after their organ transplant are almost never checked for mold. Let's face it. .....transplant patients are usually very sick before the life saving surgery. Home maintenance, roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and basement issues are not a high priority when the life of a family member is at stake. Even when these problems are noticed, the money it takes to have repairs is often in very short supply and life and death medical costs come first!

Organ transplant patients have new opportunities for a healthy and full life. However, the anti-rejection medication that helps accept new organs by lowering the body’s immune system response also creates a very high risk for fungal infections caused by mold exposures.
Hospitals are on "high alert" to create a "mold free environment". On failure to maintain that environment in UPMC Pittsburgh resulted a temporary shutdown of world class and renowned transplant center.

The CDC states "Fungal infections may be more common in certain types of transplants. Some experts think that fungal infections may be most common in small bowel transplant patients, followed by lung, liver, and heart transplant patients." An informative CDC overview on the subject can be found at:http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/infections/organ-transplant.html

Mold at very low levels or in hidden areas are a huge risk for patients. Whether it is returning home after an organ transplant or moving into a new or temporary home after the transplant, having a professional familiar with medical grade evaluations for mold are an important part of successful outcomes.

For more information on protecting patients from mold after an Organ Transplant, go to our article with many links to supporting information at

For a video you can share with organ transplant patients to explain the need for inspectors to test for mold. https://youtu.be/vryM_a67de0

If you need more information for you or clients on the subject of mold and "why home inspectors should include testing with other inspections", go to the https://www.envirospect.com website. We don't want home inspection clients so there is no risk in sharing our information.

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