Diving suit: sterile, ambulatory, personal device for protective and preventive isolation of nosocomial invasive fungal infections in neutropenic patients hospitalised in laminar air flow room who need a disruption of isolation

A. Thiebaut, M. Perraud, D. Lyonnet, S. Ozil

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Lyon, FR


Background: Patients with long neutropenia present high risk to develop invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (API) of poor prognosis. Pulmonary computed tomographic Scan (CT scan) allows earlier diagnosis of API and improve management in these patients (D. Caillot, JCO, 1997). However, CT scan need an isolation breaking which is potentially dangerous. We propose a diving suit to maintain the preventive isolation. Materials and methods: The diving suit is sterile, personal, ambulatory and transparent to permit monitoring, visual and conversational contact. It is supplied with air with a self-contained station of ventilation (12 hours). The air contamination is controlled with 2 HEPA filters. Fifteen patients treated for haematologic malignancies like acute leukaemia have tested it after giving inform consent. Results: The diving suit has been validated for air contamination, physiological (CO2), CT scan feasibility and patients acceptation. All patients (5 male, 10 females) presented a severe neutropenia (PMN

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16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • ECCMID 16th (2006)