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Complaints of unsanitary conditions resurface at Cochran VA Medical Center

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(KMOV) – Complaints about dangerously unsanitary conditions at the Cochran Veterans Affairs Hospital in Midtown have patients, workers and even government officials alarmed and wanting more answers.

 News 4 heard of allegations of dirty surgical tools Thursday afternoon, confirmed that Cochran VA will have to reschedule 35 surgeries after tools appeared to be unsanitary.

This is the same hospital where veterans were exposed to HIV in 2010.

Congressman Russ Carnahan’s office is investigating this complaint along with hundreds of others about the quality of care and dirty conditions inside John Cochran VA Hospital. Additionally, Carnahan announced Thursday that he has accepted a post on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which will allow him to focus more on the care of those who have served.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus said in a news release that he was disappointed in the Department of Veterans Affairs and that verterans must inform their respective Congressmen about problems they have.

The latest complaint involves spots on the trays of surgical tools about to be used on a patient.

Medical center leadership says it has inspected all other surgical materials and tested equipment to eliminate any potential problems.

Just a month ago, four nurses came forward to speak out about deplorable conditions inside operating rooms. This follows last summer’s unsanitized dental tools, which put more than 1,800 veterans at risk for HIV and hepatitis.

Veterans say nothing has changed since last summer. They say the problem is the culture of the facility, which trickles down to the care.

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