The Phoenix VA Health Care System has postponed surgeries for the rest of the week due to a mechanical issue in the operating rooms.
Crews are working to fix a problem with the ventilation system, said VA spokesperson Jean Schaefer. Engineers need 2 to 3 days to complete a full evaluation of all the mechanical systems supporting the operating rooms and to certify everything is in working order, Schaefer said.
Operating room ventilation systems are designed to prevent the spread of airborne pathogens.
The facility originally delayed Wednesday's procedures, but then extended that through the rest of the week. The VA did not say how many surgeries would be impacted. Surgeries are now expected to resume Monday.
"With a continued emphasis on ensuring the highest level of patient safety, surgeries scheduled at the Phoenix VA Health Care System for the remainder of this week have been postponed," Schaefer said in a statement. "This period of time will allow us to conduct a full analysis of the Operating Room mechanical systems functioning as well as complete a certification of the existing system through an external source. We fully expect this process to be completed over the next 2-3 days and plan on returning to normal operations by Feb 22, 2016. Patients scheduled for surgery this week are being contacted individually and either rescheduled or offered care through a community partner via the Veterans Choice program. Patients who have concerns should call their health care provider."
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