ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The director of St. Louis' Veterans Affairs medical center says surgeries could resume next week at the center. The site stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment.
RimaAnn Nelson announced the move Thursday at the John Cochran VA Medical Center. She says a regular inspection uncovered spots on surgical trays and water stains on at least one surgical instrument before any surgeries were performed Wednesday.
Nelson says 35 non-emergent, elective surgical procedures have been canceled. As of Friday afternoon, nine patients were to have their surgical procedures performed at local community hospitals at the VA medical center's expense.
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, a St. Louis Democrat newly appointed to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, has suggested an independent review of the St. Louis VA.
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