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'Ventilation Outage' In Northwestern Memorial Hospital

(WGN-AM)- Dozens of surgeries are being delayed or rescheduled at Northwestern Memorial Hospital this morning after what the medical center called a "ventilation outage" in the operating room area at the Feinberg Pavilion of the main hospital downtown, the medical center confirmed today.

Emergency and "essential" surgeries continue to be performed but some have had to be moved from the main hospital's Feinberg Pavilion to Prentice Women's Hospital or elsewhere on the Northwestern campus, in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood east of Michigan Avenue.

Northwestern Memorial executives said they are working on the problem and hope to have it addressed in the next 48 hours, but people with questions should call their surgeons about potentially rescheduling procedures. The campus has 52 operating rooms and "less than half of them are affected," said Northwestern Memorial spokeswoman Kris Lathan.

Lathan described the problem as a "ventilation outage that is effecting our ability to have an appropriate environment for surgery." For patient safety purposes, hospitals have to have a certain temperature and level of ventilation.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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