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Power outage swamps suburban ERs

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Paramedics from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District rush a patient into the emergency department at Advocate Condell Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. The Libertyville hospital has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of emergency patients since the storm and power outage on Monday.

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Paramedics from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District rush a patient into the emergency department at Advocate Condell Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. The Libertyville hospital has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of emergency patients since the storm and power outage on Monday.

Courtesy of Advocate Condell Medical Center

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Suburban hospitals say the enduring power outage has bumped up traffic in their emergency rooms as people seek treatment for things like tree branch cuts, overexertion and carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
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    • Paramedics from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District rush a patient into the emergency department at Advocate Condell Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. The Libertyville hospital has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of emergency patients since the storm and power outage on Monday.
    •  Paramedics from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District rush a patient into the emergency department at Advocate Condell Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. The Libertyville hospital has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of emergency patients since the storm and power outage on Monday.
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