I am a neurosurgical nurse. It can be a very intense job on a daily basis. Our surgeries are all very high risk. If you are in our operating room, then you have exhausted every possible option for a problem you are having. Our operating rooms are very specifically set up for these intense surgeries. We can’t afford any complications to occur when working on the most sensitive part of the brain; consequently, you can imagine the trauma this week, when our heating and cooling unit briefly stopped working during an operation! Why are air conditioners so important to a surgery? They keep the room at a seriously low temperature that prevents the spread of germs and infection. When any part of the body is exposed in surgery, it is at grave risk for infection; consequently, this week we had been about two hours into a surgery, we heard a loud bang like a gunshot. Then it was so clear that the air conditioning went down. The room temperature was increasing rapidly and were all concerned. The generator was taking too long to kick in. The doctor was calling out meds to the nurses to put in the I.V. for protection from infection, while the air conditioner was off, and just like that, the generator kicked in. We all breathed a sigh of relief when we could feel the air conditioner kick on. Thankfully, we watched the temperature drop back down on the thermostat. The doctor had the administration get an HVAC technician here within the hour to find out what had happened. We couldn’t take that risk again.