Paper-backed gypsum board should be banned in all healthcare environments

September 23, 2015  /  in Forensic, Healthcare  /

Cardiothoracic intensive care unit closed due to mold infestation:

http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/9095930-74/mold-upmc-hospital#axzz3lw6Kw7rD

Mold needs moisture and a nutritional source in order to thrive—water leakage and paper-on-paper backed gypsum board offer the perfect substrate. Take away the paper, replace it with fiberglass and a source of mold infestation is removed.

Fiberglass-backed has already replaced paper-backed gypsum board in most exterior wall construction. With patients being particularly vulnerable to environmental threats, healthcare construction should follow suit.