Denver VA postponing surgeries due to concerns over air handling system in operating rooms

DENVER - Officials with the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center say surgical procedures at the hospital have been postponed due to a need to examine air handling units serving its operating rooms.

In a news release Friday, the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System said all patients scheduled for surgery in the next week are being contacted, and will be rescheduled for a later date.

It is unclear how many patients are affected by the postponement.

Denver VA spokesman Daniel Warvi, told 7NEWS that engineers doing weekly maintenance at the hospital had concerns with the way the air handling and filtration units were running. That air purification system services the hospitals seven operating rooms.

In order for engineers to check the filters and ducts, the operating rooms have to be taken offline. The work will not be done in the operating rooms, but in the ducts above them, Warvi said.

The seven operation rooms at the hospital can handle from 7 to 49 patients a day. 

If someone has a critical need, the hospital said the procedure will be done at University of Colorado Hospital or Rose Medical Center.

Regular appointments at the VA will be unaffected.

"ECHCS apologizes for the inconvenience and is working diligently to ensure highest standards of care are met," the hospital said.

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