Patient sues Pittsburgh hospital over mold outbreak

Moisture is conducive to mold growth. This is why you should NEVER look for hidden areas of moisture with a cheap IR camera (ie… 80x60 resolution), or any other low quality infrared camera.

See the example below of how a cheap IR camera could not detect the moisture on the far right side of the image. The moisture on the far right was from a second source than the first area. This is not a game folks. There is no thermography school in north America that recommends using a low grade infrared camera for doing building scan for moisture. It is a stupid idea and sets you up for liability. You cannot do infrared scans being half blind and justify it to your client or escape the liability. Get some training before you buy an IR camera that is not worth a crap.

Contact me if you want to hear the truth. (thanks to Mr Misegrades for the image).

Odds are the patient will win this case. There is just too many other cases like that , which have been won.

Better information regarding the situation:

“Three of the four transplant patients who contracted mold infections at UPMC hospitals may have become infected because UPMC’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit was so full that they were put into a “negative pressure” room that is normally reserved for patients who already have a communicable infection.”

“…They contracted mucormycosis, the fungal mold infection, by breathing it in or having a spore come in contact with their body in some way.”