AL Hospital's Pediatric ICU Without Proper Air Conditioning

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MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) USA Children's and Women's Hospital experienced some problems with its air conditioning system. Temperatures ranged from 72 to 78 degrees inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

"We have air conditioning unit that is not operating at full efficiency," said Spokesperson Bob Lowry.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit houses 41 patients ranging from babies to teenagers.

Lowry said, "Some of the rooms are getting warmer than we would like."

The rooms are on the fourth and fifth floors, with lots of equipment which created the perfect storm for uncomfortably warm rooms.

"We understand that people are uncomfortable. We're sensitive to that and, wish it weren't the case," said Lowry. "But the only other option long term would be to totally shut down the unit, and that's not really an option."

That process would take seven to 10 days, according to hospital officials. Friday, temperatures reached in to the upper 70's in rooms. The average is 72 degrees.

Lowry said the hospital has had issues for weeks, but the hospital was not too concerned because the weather has been moderate, until Friday.

"That really wasn't the issue until the hot weather arrived, and now that it's arrived we realize it's not going to work out," said Lowry.

The hospital has ordered parts to replace the air conditioning unit, but it will not be until after the weekend. For now, the hospital has improvised.

"In the meantime, we've had some of our employees going to room to room handing out popsicles, cold water," said Lowry.

The replacement unit is expected to arrive next Tuesday when it will be installed.

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