Vermont hospital reopens operating rooms after odor closure

January 23, 2020 GMT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The operating rooms in a satellite campus of Vermont’s largest hospital will reopen after they were closed because of an odor that made some people sick, hospital officials said.

All five operating rooms at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Fanny Allen campus in Colchester closed in early December while officials searched for the cause of the odor. Operations are now scheduled from next Tuesday to Friday, hospital president Dr. Stephen Leffler told Local 22 and Local 44 News Wednesday.

Air quality experts, state officials and an outside occupational health expert all determined the operating rooms are safe to use. External experts were not able to determine the exact cause of the odor but they believe it was likely produced by an outside source.

The hospital has implemented changes such as adding carbon monoxide trackers that can automatically trigger alarms and developing a new emergency response plan.

Leffler said the coming week of cases will give the hospital an opportunity to “make sure the changes we made are working as expected.”