Mold found in L.A. hospital brings elective surgeries to a standstill

Mold found in a room where surgical equipment is sterilized has forced health officials to stop a Los Angeles hospital from performing any elective surgeries.

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For about two weeks, the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center — one of the country’s largest public hospitals — won’t be able to perform medical procedures, including surgeries, according to an internal email obtained by The Los Angeles Times.

“The Central Sterile processing room, which disinfects all [operating room] and procedural supplies for clinical areas, is suffering from severe water damage and mold contamination and must be closed immediately,” read Chief Medical Officer Brad Spellberg’s Wednesday message to the medical center’s attending physicians and residents.

Elective surgeries were also canceled Wednesday.

The hospital “discovered low levels of mold in the air, and mold in the ceiling, in a processing area of the hospital, caused by a water leak,” read an unsigned statement sent to the outlet Thursday by the Department of Health Services’ Office of Communications.

The department noted there is “no evidence that mold has affected any surgical instruments…. No patients have been infected or harmed.”

According to the statement, the mold was discovered no earlier than Tuesday, though neither the type of mold nor who discovered it were made clear.

The Times notes that the hospital — which has 600 beds — is part of a system known as L.A. County Department of Health Services, which “serves as the safety net for millions of the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.”

According to Spellberg’s note, the hospital, which has only been in its current building since 2008, can continue disinfecting some surgical equipment for trauma cases, though every other procedure — save for dentistry — will be canceled if it sterilizes equipment somewhere else.

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Your Kitchen and Mold

Kitchen Mold Removal

Are you concerned that black mold could be lurking in your kitchen, perhaps hiding in the cupboards? Not only is it unattractive, it can also cause respiratory problems for your family. The following guide can help you locate, prevent and destroy any black mold that has taken up residence in your kitchen.

Where to find black mold in the kitchen?

Black mold tends to grow in dark, damp areas, which means it could be festering in a kitchen cabinet or cupboard for a long time before you uncover it. For this reason, it’s vital that you identify the areas in your kitchen that are going to be most prone to mold growth. This will give you the necessary knowledge so that you can find the problem before it gets too bad. Places to check include the following:

    • Underneath the kitchen sink. Check the cabinet bottom and the back wall where the sink pipes enter for dampness or past signs of water damage, such as bubbling or peeling surfaces. Even if black mold isn’t visible, it could be growing on the underside of the sink cabinet or behind the wallboard.
  • Under the refrigerator. A leak from a water line to the icemaker or simple condensation collection underneath the fridge could create the optimum environment for fungal growth. If your kitchen flooring looks like it has suffered water damage or if there is standing water and mildew present, black mold could also be growing under the floorboards. Also, check any cupboards near the fridge to make sure there is no moisture damage.
  • Cabinets above or next to wall mounted microwaves or oven hoods. Another common trouble spot is behind the cabinets that border microwaves and hoods. This is because moisture and condensation from cooking can accumulate in these cupboard areas, especially if ventilation is insufficient.

Kitchen mold prevention

Since prevention is key to black mold management in the home, now that you know your kitchen’s trouble spots you are better able to stop it from growing in the first place.

Begin by checking underneath the sink on a regular basis and fixing leaks immediately. Keep the sink cupboard area clean and neat so you can empty it out for a quick leak check regularly. If you are like many people and use this cupboard area for cleaning supplies, place the supplies in a handled carrier so you can quickly pull everything out. A good time to check is after you have been using the sink, such as after dishwashing. If there is a leak, it is likely going to be damp if you just drained the sink.

As for the fridge, it’s good practice to pull it out and dust the rear coils every one to two months, anyway. Simply pencil this chore into your home maintenance calendar. You can then use this opportunity to check beneath the fridge for leaks and to make sure water lines are attached and not leaking.

Finally, inspect the area around and under the cabinets, microwave, and hood after you use the oven or microwave. If you find a lot of moisture or condensation, chances are that you need to add a stronger fan or better ventilation to the kitchen.

Kitchen mold removal

Black mold can be tenacious when it comes to removal. Although you can often remove the visible black mold by yourself, there is likely hidden mold that you cannot find for removal as easily. The basic removal process is as follows:

Step 1: Testing Testing is done if there is signs of moisture but no obvious visual signs of fungal growth. Testing may also be done if there is light visible growth, since the remediation firm will need to determine the extent of the growth.
Step 2: Seal the infested area The home is sealed. This means that the area that has mold, in this case the kitchen, is sealed off from the rest of the house so that black mold removal doesn’t send spores into other areas.
Step 3: Identification and replacement The cause of moisture is identified and fixed. Otherwise, the mold will simply return if there is still a moisture source. This may mean the removal and replacement of cabinets and wallboard so they cleaning can occur under them.
Last step: Removal and cleaning The actual removal and remediation begins. The crew will use a disinfecting and cleaning solution that removes and kills the fungus. Stains from the black mold may be present on cabinets, but these can usually be painted over and repaired.

IAQA Los Angeles Mold Meeting

IAQA Los Angeles - Certified Mold Inspectors and Environmental Professionals Indoor Air Quality Association Meeting Los Angeles Sept. 2016 Providing Continuing Education Units

Join the IAQA Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter

Indoor Air Quality Association General Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Armstrong Hall

2400 N. Canal
Orange, CA 92865



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

7:30 – 11:30 am



IAQA Members: $50
Non-members: $65

20% of net proceeds will be donated to Ride for Kids.


7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast with coffee and juices
8:00 – 8:20 am Opening remarks
8:20 – 9:10 am Presentation by John Chadwell
9:10 – 9:25 am Break
9:25 – 10:15 am Presentation by Derrick Denis
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:30 am Presentation by Alan Johanns
Los Angeles Certified Mold Inspector IAQA Courses for Continuing Education 2016

Armstrong Hall

2400 N. Canal
Orange, CA 92865



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

7:30 – 11:30 am



IAQA Members: $50
Non-members: $65

20% of net proceeds will be donated to Ride for Kids.



Please send your registration and payment form to Nicole Adams at

We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

72 hour cancellation policy.



Earn one (1) renewal credit from ACAC with documented attendance for this workshop.



November 9, 2016
7:30am – 11:30am


“Active Shooter Primer” – John Chadwell
We will cover some society contributing factors (technology vs human interaction), past and most recent events, where the attackers (threats) are coming from; what mitigation steps can be done, what options exist during an event, how to effectively respond (run, hide, fight). A few other details will be addressed as well.


“‘Sii Preparato’ – Ready Yourself for Your Worst Day” – Derrick Denis
Focus on what YOU, THE INDIVIDUAL can do to make a difference in protecting your safety and the safety of those around you on a daily basis. It will challenge common myths misconceptions. It will modify the perspective of the group. I will provide practical and tactical tips and tricks to assess, avoid and confront deadly situations. The content will be sobering and immediately empowering.


“The California $1.1 BILLION Dollar Lead Lawsuit Settlement” – Alan Johanns
On January 7, 2014, the Honorable James P. Kleinberg of the Santa Clara Superior Court issued a Statement of Decision finalizing his December 2013 ruling that three lead paint companies created a public nuisance by concealing the dangers of lead, pursued a campaign against regulation of lead and actively promoted lead for use in homes, despite knowing that lead paint was highly toxic. The Court ruled in favor of the People of the State of California. Defendants against whom judgment is entered, jointly and severally, shall pay to the State of California $1,150,000,000 (One Billion One Hundred Fifty Million Dollars). 10 cities and counties will share this fund amount, of which over $600 Million will go to LA County.

Learn how your firm, can participate in the fund disbursements through remediation, consulting, and laboratory services. The funds have to be used by 2019. Join Alan Johanns from the California Health Housing Coalition for this presentation and background information in growing your business

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ASHREA Making Net Zero Positive

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Making Net Zero Net Positive:

Solving the Efficiency & Cost Paradox

April 21, 2016 │ 1:00-4:00 PM EDT

IAQA members have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming FREE interactive ASHRAE Webcast to hear industry experts who will define the importance of, and why we should strive for, net zero in the built environment.

Viewers will be able to identify behaviors that create more effective ownership, design and construction teams, and will recognize the value of a collaborative process in building design and the impact on costs. With a strong emphasis on real-world applications, the program will also discuss the primary technical and financial challenges in achieving net zero buildings, and where this design approach can best be applied.

This webcast program is brought to you by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee.

How to Participate:

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On Demand Availability
Not able to view the webcast on April 21? It will be available online on-demand until May 6.

Earn Continuing Education Credits
Three (3) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) may be awarded to participants who complete the Participant Reaction Form online by May 6, 2016.

The Presenters

2015-16 ASHRAE President T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, CPMP
ASHRAE President  │ Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Marc Brune, P.E.
Senior Associate and Mechanical Engineer │ PAE │ Portland, OR
Philip Macey, AIA
National Director of Collaborative Delivery | JE Dunn Construction | Denver, CO
Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal Engineer for Commercial Building Research│ National Renewable Energy Laboratory │Golden, CO

Additional Information and Questions
For more information about the presenters, continuing education credits, and ASHRAE net zero resources, please visit  If you have questions, call (678)539-1200 or email

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IAQA University Webinar 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET 


Although there are more than 10 million species of bacteria on earth, very few cause human illness. Of those species that do, only a small number have an airborne transmission. This webinar will discuss the impact of Legionella, filamentous bacteria and endotoxins on indoor air quality. You’ll learn why bacteria needs to be considered during a thorough air quality assessment.


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***About the Instructor: Ian Cull is President of Indoor Sciences, an indoor air quality training and consulting company based in Chicago, IL.  Mr. Cull is a professional engineer and indoor air quality consultant who has performed IAQ assessments since 1995 on all different building types.  Mr. Cull wrote and developed 50 classes for the IAQA University covering topics such as HVAC, building science, assessments, sampling and remediation.  Mr. Cull is a past board member and officer of the IAQA.  He is a highly commended speaker that is known for making complex topics easy to understand.


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