Surgeries at the Phoenix VA to resume on Monday

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A exterior view of the VA medical center in Phoenix (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A exterior view of the VA medical center in Phoenix (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Following an extensive review of the operating room environment, surgeries at the Phoenix VA Health Care System will resume on Monday, according to an email from an agency spokeswoman on Friday evening.

"The safety of the veterans we serve remains our top priority," said Deborah Amdur, VAHCS Director.

Fifty-seven veterans were impacted by the operating room closure.

All of these veterans were either re-scheduled for surgery at the Phoenix VA or are being scheduled with community providers with the support of Tri West and the Veterans Choice Program.

A thorough review of the operating rooms and their key mechanical and cleaning systems has been conducted and testing completed in the past few days indicates that the VA meets all established standards for safe patient care.  

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 two to three 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.

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