(KMOV) – The St. Louis Veteran’s Affairs hospital has yet to resume surgeries after shutting down its operating rooms earlier this month due to unsanitary surgical equipment.
However, it says it is doing everything possible to get to the bottom of the incident and ensure the safety of patients.
News 4 got a rare look inside the hospital’s operating room and dental clinic, and learned of another problem with surgical instruments that had never been disclosed.
Administrators say the equipment has been cleaned, tested and retested to make sure it’s operating properly. A consultant says the hospital’s gone above and beyond in its response over a finding that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Hospital officials say while they do not have a conclusion, they know that the issue was not blood or any bodily fluids that would put patients’ safety at risk. They say they would like to reopen as soon as possible, but will not do so until the problem is properly identified and corrected.
“We've tested the water, we've tested the steam, we have tested the instruments, we have tested the processes,” says Chief Hospital Engineer Keith Repka.”
So far the hospital only knows the spots on the surgical equipment are metallic, but it says surgeries won’t resume until they know for sure that caused them and are sure it won’t happen again.