Information Regarding the Potential Tuberculosis Exposure
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of three area hospitals affected by the potential tuberculosis exposure. Through an ongoing investigation, we have determined that this situation affected a limited number of patients and staff in Prentice Women’s Hospital between November 3 – November 21st 2008, and believe the risk of exposure is extremely low.
To ensure the health and safety of all involved, we are in the process of contacting 17 patients who may have been affected. In addition, we are evaluating another 100 patients who may have received care from this health worker to determine their risk. Patients who were at Prentice Women’s Hospital and had a baby in the newborn nursery during this time period will be contacted within the next few days. Please note, this did not affect our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has assured us this is not cause for alarm. We are working closely with the CDPH, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) on this situation. Patients who have questions may call 312-926-2000.