Sterilization processing issue halts dental procedures at Washington VA hospital


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The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center had to suspend dental procedures and other surgeries due to a problem with sterilize processing, the center's public affairs officer Bret Bowers told local CBS affiliate KREM.

Work on the Spokane, Wash.-based hospital's $22 million boiler plant project caused the sterilization issue.

Dental procedures have been rescheduled. The VA center is expected to be fully operational by June 5, noting the sterile processing issue is a temporary problem, Mr. Bowers said.

The $22 million boiler plant project is expected to be completed in late 2020 or early 2021. In the meantime, the VA center can coordinate patient care with other facilities and physicians.

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