VA hospitals cancel surgeries over ‘rust and blood’ on unsterilized instruments

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VA hospitals across the country have been found to be lacking adequate functionality and could be hazardous to patients and doctors. Last year, the Manchester VA Medical Center in New Hampshire was forced to cancel surgeries due to surgical instruments being contaminated with what appeared to be rust and blood, Military.com reported this week. Also last year, the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. had to borrow bone marrow and sterilized surgical instruments from nearby hospitals because they ran out. VA to Add Medical Staff After ‘Rust and Blood’ Found on Surgical Instruments — Military.com (@Militarydotcom) September 5, 2018 In 2016, a Cincinnati VA Medical Center inspection revealed that the hospital was unable to provide surgical equipment that was “free of bioburden , debris, or both.” In 2016, 83 surgeries were canceled at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center due to a fly infestation in the operating rooms. In 2009, more than 10,000 veterans at VA

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