Operating Room Update - Columbia VA Health Care System
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Columbia VA Health Care System


Operating Room Update

December 18, 2013

Updated Statement
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) goal is to provide our Veterans with the best quality health care.
Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) continues to make repairs to the facility’s air handling system in its operating rooms. Engineering staff discovered several pieces of loose filter material lodged inside the hollow turning vanes of the air handler.  These vanes are present throughout the ductwork at each change of direction and are not able to be cleaned or inspected due to the method of attachment to the ductwork.
Due to the design of the system, Dorn VAMC officials are exploring reengineering the system to include an addition of 27 filters at the terminal grills of the OR and the sterile core.  This would be an added layer of filtration to protect the OR and sterile environment.
At this time, we do not have a confirmed re-opening date; however we are working hard to complete this major effort as quickly and safely as possible. Our sincerest apologies go out to our Veterans and their families. We are doing our utmost to take the proper corrective action to bring the Dorn VAMC OR suite back into operations. Patients requiring urgent surgical care are being referred  to community partners or another VA Medical Center.
Continued updates will be made released as new information is made available.
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