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VA temporarily reschedules surgeries after sterilization concerns

The Buffalo VA Medical Center on Tuesday put a temporary stop to performing surgery after personnel in a routine quality review of sterile processing found discoloration on white tray liners in some of the sterilization packages used in procedures.

Although indicators all indicated that the instruments still were sterile, additional testing and maintenance is being done, officials said in a statement.

"We found zero evidence of patient harm, and out of abundance of caution and to ensure patient safety, some surgical procedures are being rescheduled while we look into the situation," the statement read.

Surgeries will be rescheduled as soon as possible, officials said. Veterans who need emergent surgical procedures are being referred to other facilities if necessary.

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