Characterization of the fungal community in indoor air from hospital emergency departments waiting rooms

  • Raquel Amaro Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
  • Marta Vasconcelos College of Health Technology of Coimbra
  • Célia Gomes College of Health Technology of Coimbra
  • Ana Ferreira College of Health Technology of Coimbra


A high number of people are admitted at emergency departments of hospitals on a daily basis. At those environments patients can, sometimes, get healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Since waiting rooms are also shared by patients’ families or accompanying persons and health care professionals, all these individuals are exposed being at risk of getting this type of infection. Hence, it can constitute a public health problem and the study of such environments, particularly on the identification of microorganisms, becomes crucial. [...]