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Press statement release from Mission Health, shared Feb. 12. This statement follows a report from the Asheville Citizen-Times of an unexplained rash found in Mission patients.

Statement on behalf of Mission Hospital

Unexplained rash found to be blisters not uncommon among hospitalized patients; not infectious

ASHEVILLE — We are pleased to report that, at this stage of our exhaustive and on-going investigation, we can confirm that the blisters a small number of our patients have experienced appear to be related to skin conditions not uncommon to post-operative patients. These conditions arise from such causes as pressure, friction and immobility. We have found no evidence of infection from our investigation and testing to date; the blisters are localized to the skin, and there is no evidence of any spread from person-to-person. Occurrence rates are extremely low. To date, approximately one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1,800 surgeries and procedures performed since Feb. 1 have resulted in this type of a skin condition — again, a condition not uncommon to post-operative patients. Patients experiencing this condition are being treated and discharged normally upon the order of their attending physician.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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