Multiple Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers neglected safety and sterilization protocols and consequently risked the health of thousands of veterans. Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their investigatory report, which highlighted still existing weaknesses in the VA system. The report concluded some VA medical centers were still putting veterans’ safety at risk.
The timing was not good for the VA. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee was in the middle of pushing VA officials to answer questions regarding the slack sterilization issues and accusing VA representatives of avoiding answering them. Lawmakers became angry at having to have these type of hearings multiple times with the VA about the same issues.
Improperly cleaned medical equipment is the one issue that has plagued multiple VA medical centers across the country for the last 2 years. The GAO report found 6 clinics still lacked clear guidance for sterilization training and as a result were putting more veterans at risk.
Those VA medical centers were:
- Miami, Fl.;
- St. Louis, Mo.;
- Detroit, Mich.;
- Palo Alto, Calif.;
- Albany, NY; and
- Cheyenne, Wyo.
The VA acknowledged they are not doing a “perfect job,” but they are on the right path. Additionally they have made significant progress since reports first surfaced of unclean medical equipment. Congress took issue with the VA’s apparent leadership problems at many facilities and strongly suggested the VA make fixing that one of their priorities.
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