2013_03_16_3603

Benjamin KrauseYesterday, Star Tribune highlighted more problems at Minneapolis VA – This time the facility canceled scheduled surgeries due to an undisclosed substance being on surgical tools, but an insider tip shows there may be more to the story.

The problem causing the shutdown is the result of a failure to adequately sterilize surgical tools. The agency admits that numerous veterans will not receive surgical services, but those veterans in urgent need for surgery will be referred out. Otherwise, the hospital is using sterilizers at St. Cloud VA and Hennepin County Medical Center.

That is what Minneapolis VA is publicly admitting to. Here is the rest of the story from an insider.

INFO FROM INSIDER TIP

Minneapolis VA has failed to adequately ensure steam access for autoclaves and is trying to build infrastructure. An autoclave is a vital piece of a sterilization system where pressurized steam is used to ensure surgical tools will not give you an infection.

The insider tip indicated the steam system has been in the works – either maintenance or construction – for the past month. During the process, one VA employee was very badly burned in an accident. VA does not have a projection as to when its sterilization system will be fixed.

MINNEAPOLIS VA ANNOUNCEMENT ON SHUTDOWN

If true, this tips shows Minneapolis VA is clearly downplaying the problem that led to the surgical tools having an unidentified substance on them. Here is what VA public relations guru Ralph sent to reporters today about the shutdown:

Minneapolis VA Reschedules Surgeries to Safeguard Patients

An as yet unidentified substance detected in sterilizing equipment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has been sent to a laboratory for analysis.  Until the substance is identified and the equipment cleaned, inspected and certified, the Minneapolis VA is taking extra precautions and has rescheduled most surgeries for the remainder of the week.

We are able to perform some cases at the medical center utilizing other sterilizers that were not impacted.

Those urgent or emergent procedures we cannot do will be conducted through our academic partners at the University of Minnesota or in other local hospitals.

Patients are being contacted today.

— Ralph Heussner, Public Affairs Officer, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Notice the press release makes no mention of the autoclave or the accident that allegedly left on VA employee badly burned.

MINNEAPOLIS VA IS NOT ALONE

The Star Tribune found that Minneapolis VA is not the only facility to have this problem:

A Denver VA hospital was forced to shut down its surgical unit temporarily last year after trace mineral deposits were found on some surgical tools. Surgeries were also rescheduled in 2010 after dirty surgical tools were discovered at John Cochran VA Hospital in St. Louis.

A 2011 Government Accountability Office report revealed systemic deficiencies in sanitation and sterilization procedures at VA medical centers across the country, potentially jeopardizing the health and safety of millions of veterans who rely on the VA for health care. Many medical centers failed to develop training programs to teach staff how to correctly clean, disinfect and sterilize reusable medical equipment, like surgical equipment, the report said. As a result, staff may not be sterilizing reusable equipment correctly, creating a serious medical risk. The Minneapolis VA was not cited as an offending medical center in that report.

I’m hoping Minneapolis VA resolves the issue quickly. But should we be concerned that VA will not contact all veterans needing urgent access to surgical care? Probably.

Source: http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-va-hospital-shuts-down-surgeries-after-a-substance-is-found-in-sterilization-equipment/328878601/

25 COMMENTS

  1. BEN, READ MY EMAIL. I AM NOT SURE OF YOUR ADDRESS BUT I WISH TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING. THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM START TO FINISH. AS I WAS TOLD HERE, “THE ARTSY FARTSY TYPE? GUESS YOU MEAN THOSE LIKE RICH WEIRD PEOPLE I DIDN’T RELATE TO?” BUT IN ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, WITH ALL THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT DOES THE VA KNOW THEY ACTUALLY MAKE ALREADY STERILIZED KITS AND NO MORE OF THE STUFF DONE BACK IN THE LAST CENTURY?” HEY, AS IF I DID NOT KNOW WHO WAS CALLING ME AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING? CALL ME PBFH TITLE WELL EARNED AND A COMPLIMENT! YOU KNOW, MEDICAL PEOPLE WE JUST “SMELL A CERTAIN TYPE” AND WE THINK ABOUT IT. LIKE SHOULD I USE THIS DIRTY TOOL ON THEM? KEEP BURNING IT BEN! HIGH FIVE? TEN, FIST PUMP? WHATEVER IT TAKES LETS ROCK IT! GET IN TOUCH WITH THE ONE MILLION? I GAVE YOU A NAME. I WILL BE IN TOUCH AND WE CAN PLAY SOME REALLY FUN GAMES YOU ON FOR SOME OF MY SPORT OF ENJOYMENT? TRUST ME, ENJOYABLE READING! SERIOUS ABOUT THE THING I WISH TO SET UP-NOT IN MY NAME NEED NO KUDOS I AM NOT ABOUT ME! I SEE SCREW UPS, I TRUST MY INSTINCTS AND YET HAVE THEY FAILED ME! BUT A MAJOR WTH IN TX? BUT, PARTIES CAN BE FUN! ENJOY ALL I HAVE LEARNED AND YOU ARE KNOWN ACROSS THE POND! 1635 DO NOT SCREW WITH MY DNA! BEYOND AVERAGE IQ THANKS. BUT ONE THING I KNOW, “SHE LIED AND HAMMER IS ON THIS ONE! ENJOYABLE READING MATERIAL! NOW TIME TO TRY AND GET IT DONE DEAL AND TRUST ME, IT WILL BE MADE KNOWN WHETHER I AM HERE OR IS IT HEAR, OR IS IT IN PARIS? WHO KNEW I COULD SPEAK MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE RIGHT? NOW IS IT WIG ON THE PLANE OR THAT ALL NATURAL LOOK OF A FEMALE WITH A SHAVED HEAD AND GOING FOR HER DRAGON TATTOO? OH AND YES MORE THAN ANYONE CAN HANDLE FOR PIERCINGS! NO WHIMPS! BUT MY HERITAGE IS DEEP IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS A DISGRACE TO MY DNA TO SEE THE WASTE AND UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY NOT BEING ACCOUNTED FOR? LOOK UP THE JAMA SLAM ON THE VA! a GREAT READING. —> LOVES SCIENCES, NERD AND PROUD OF IT. BUT MY DUCKS ARE ALL LINED UP AND IT WILL SURE LOOK BAD FOR ALL OF THEM! TIME FOR A NEW ERA SO VIVA LA ??? FRIDA KAHLO-MY SON SAID IT BEST. “ONE TOUGH BITCH AND LIKE YOU ARE AND FREAKY FOR A MOM!” I DID MY JOB, MY EXIT WILL BE A WELCOME RELIEF BUT NOT UNTIL I SEE THIS GO ALL THE WAY! BECAUSE I AM OLDER AND B.S. OF THIS WE DO NOT GET WHY RAPE IS UP? OKAY, COLOR THEM STUPID! BUT DAMN HARD TO FIX STUPID! UP TO YOU-BUT THE BOOK SMALL BUT PHOTOS ARE SIGNED AND YES A FRIEND OF MY ARTSY MOMS FRIENDS. UGH! SMALL MINDS THAT ENJOY TUBE FEEDINGS AND NOT ACTUAL INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION! LATER DUDE AND KEEP GOING TO TOWN! HANDS DOWN OR DO THE WAVE AND HEY KEEP THEM JUMPING BEN! “ODIN IS MY GOD AND I CARRY THORS HAMMER OF JUSTICE!” VIKINGS FAN?! 🙂

  2. I have been telling you guys this all along ,weather it’s with unsterile surgical insturments or with unsanitary practises not washing hands sticking a needle in without swabbing site not getting a new bottle of medicine to pull from,this is not by accident ,they just keep doing it until they get caught ,slow enough as not to draw attention & if they do to see what are reaction is going to be.i keep waiting for the one thing that will piss us off so bad that we come together ,but it just keeps nibbling at us picking us off a little at a time.

  3. 09/24/2015

    Dear Benjamin Krause,

    In one of my early books, last year [Book two], I ran across a recall years ago issued by the VA Hospital on an OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer] of Sterilizing Equipment.—-My fear is that the VA Doctors and Nurses and Technicians used the faulty equipment anyway— the manufacturer of the sterilizing equipment was banned in 1998 [17.7 years ago]–AbTox, Inc., of Mundelein, Illinois, issued a voluntary recall on March 31, 1998. These events are called “Ticking Time Bombs.”

    Mpls. VA shuts down surgeries over unidentified substance …
    http://www.startribune.com/…va-hospital…sterilization-equipment/...

    Star Tribune
    6 hours ago – A Denver VA hospital was forced to shut down its surgical unit … and sterilize reusable medical equipment, like surgical equipment, the report ..

    http://www.va.gov/oig/54/reports/VAOIG-09-01784-146.pdf

    On February 10, 2003, based on problems identified at non-VA facilities, the Olympus Corporation issued a safety alert entitled “Reprocessing of Auxiliary Water Channel on Olympus EXERATM Gastrointestinal Endoscopes.” This notice reminded customers that “the auxiliary water channel must be reprocessed each time the endoscope is used.”

    FDA allows some reprocessing of single-use medical devices
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/…/fda-allows-some-r...


    Las Vegas Review Journal
    Mar 28, 2011 – When manufacturers say a device is only for single use, that direction should … policy of VA hospitals not using reprocessed instruments because of safety concerns. … that make them “extremely difficult to effectively clean and re-sterilize. … According to the FDA, devices reprocessed include surgical saw

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Where is the AMA “Organization”? Why is the AMA not clamping down on the Officials, the Hospital Management, the Doctors, the Nurses, and the Technicians for violating the Code of Ethics? Why is this Organization not saying a word for One and Half Years?

    Sincerely,

    Don Karg

  4. Let’s keep the heat on VA. “Shame” them into submission. That’s the only thing they understand!

    I wonder, why do good people want to continue working at any VA, when they know such things occur? If they report these types of “conditions”, they end up being ostracized by their fellow workers. Even from their friends. Then, they get trampled on by managers and upper management! All this does is make for a hostile work environment. I would/could never stay at a job, that covers up malpractice or any other form of egregious acts against patients….

  5. This is *exactly* how I acquired Hep B and yes, even HIV but it was in active duty in the early 80’s from an appendectomy, exploded, needed blood transfusions. Took the Red Cross many months later and after being deathly ill for entire month of granted convalescence medical leave, where I was hospitalized entire time. Even the military those months before I could donate blood again as I have a rare blood type, found *nothing*…the Red Cross sent me a certified/registered letter explaining that my surgical procedure either had unsterile environment and/or tainted/untested blood products, resulting in my condition they advised me to immediately bring letter and see PCP on base. I always kept that letter amongst other things and it really helped shoe CUE and all that came with that.
    In just past 8 years, I have been on a few VA mass mailings to get tested for same because of a certain VAMC that was not properly sterilizing colon/GI Test equipment as well as a dentist at that same VA that was literally going from one patient’s mouth to another with same bloody gloves and instruments…WTF?~!!@!!@!!!
    My brother lives in an entirely different State and has been on same frequent VA mass mailings so this is actually WAY more common occurrence with the VA than most people know and some of us have to now take aggressive side-effects-packed meds just to say alive from their grave dereliction of *sterilization*…and the VA has always blamed the contractor/manufacturer as not providing thorough sterilization procedures…it’s sterile or it’s not, total fail.

    • NAMNIBOR, THAT IS NO WAY TO GO. EVERY MILITARY MEDICAL PERSON KNOWS EVEN BACK THEN WHEN WE USED THE OLD AUTOCLAVE METHOD HOW TO CLEAN, WRAP THE INSTRUMENTS UP, TAPE AND DATE IT, AND IF IT COMES OUT AND IT IS NOT STERILIZED CORRECTLY THEN REPEAT! I LOST MY BROTHER TO AN AIDS RELATED DEATH. I HAD RECENTLY RE-ENLISTED WITH THE RESERVES AND WHEN I GOT THE NEWS, SORRY, FAMILY FIRST! I HAVE LOST WAY TOO MANY I CARED ABOUT AND THERE ARE “NO EXCUSES AT ALL FOR THAT TO HAPPEN!” BACK THEN THE TESTING WAS NOT A 100% GUARANTEE OF AIDS TESTING. I AM NOT SURE WHEN IN THE EARLY 1980’S WHERE YOU WERE ON THE SPECTRUM WHEN THE NEWER TESTINGS WERE DONE WITH MORE ACCURACY. BUT I CAN TELL YOU I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET RONALD REAGAN SAYING HE WASN’T CONCERNED BECAUSE IT WAS A GAY MANS DISEASE. BOY IN THAT CAR I WAS ONE PISSED OFF CORPSMAN HEARING THOSE WORDS. I NEVER CARED IF PEOPLE WERE GAY OR WHATEVER! HECK, WHEN I MOVED OFF BASE IT WAS A GAY GUY WHO GOT ME TO GO OUT AND TRY TO HAVE SOME FUN. I STILL HAVE THR PICTURE, MY EYES WERE RED FROM CRYING BECAUSE I WAS TRULY AFRAID TO GO ANYWHERE AGAIN! BUT HE TOOK ME TO A MIXED BAG OF WHOMEVER THEY WERE TO DANCE AND HAVE SOME FUN. HE DANCED WITH ME AND I TRULY LOVE DANCING SO MUCH I NEVER REALIZED HOW MUCH BUT I AM PRETTY SURE MANY THAT I KNEW WHO WERE GAY AND THEY STILL DID WITCH HUNTS IT WAS NOT MY PLACE TO PASS JUDGEMENTS. WHEN I MOVED HERE, WENT BACK TO SCHOOL, REQUIREMENT TO TAKE ON A VOLUNTEERING PROJECT. IT WAS THE NAMES PROJECT. WHEN I WAS ASKED BY THE TEACHER TWO OF WERE ASKED TO GO TO SOME EVENT AND I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS A KUDOS THING. I WAS A SUPER BUSY MOM, VOLUNTEERING AT A SCHOOL, A CHILD THAT PLAYED EVERY DAMN SPORT! BUT I DID SPEAK ABOUT IT AND DAMN IT I DIDN’T CARE I WOULD GRAB STUDENTS AND MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF AIDS AS ANYONE BY THIS TIME COULD BE AFFECTED BY NOT A GAY MANS DISEASE. MY BROTHER AND I WERE OFTEN CALLED BOOKENDS. I WON’T SAY WHY BUT I ALWAYS KNEW REAL IF A FRIEND WAS SINCERE OR WAS IT TO FLIRT WITH HIM. THEY WOULD BE DITCHED. I QUILT BUT I COULDN’T ON THIS ONE. NO ONE HAS A CLUE HOW MUCH IT REALLY HURTS. STILL DOES. WHY ANYONE THOUGHT REAGAN WAS GREAT I AM ALWAYS BAFFLED BY HIS B.S. I GUESS NO ONE KNEW HE WAS A SAG PRESIDENT AND RUINED MANY CAREERS BY CALLING PEOPLE COMMIE SUPPORTERS. LOOK UP AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED. YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALREADY STARTING HIS DECLINE. NANCY WAS AN ACTRESS AND CLOSE TO HIM DURING SPEECHES RIGHT BY HIS EAR SHE WOULD HELP HIM BY FAKE SMILE AND TALKING THROUGH IT. THAT REALLY UPSETS ME THAT HAPPENED TO YOU. IT NEVER EVER SHOULD HAVE. MY BLESSINGS AND FROM MY HEART I WISH YOU ALL THAT SURROUND YOU OR LOVES YOU I WILL PASS MY LOVE TO YOU AS WELL. OH I SAID WHAT I THOUGHT TO MY OWN DOCTOR REALLY QUICK. HE KNEW ME WELL ENOUGH THAT MY WORDS AND WHAT I HAD SAID, RUH OH SHE IS REALLY PISSED! BUT DO NOT WORRY BECAUSE I AM ONE WHO WROTE A DAMN 7th GRADE STYLE PAPER THAT WE LEARNED HOW TO DO IN 6th GRADE. SHE SENT HER GOON SQUAD AND SELECTIVE WORDS WRITTEN DOWN LANDED ME IN A PLACE THAT NEVER EVER SHOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT ALL. “MANNERS FIRST, BUT THEN DO NOT WAKE UP MY BEASTIE BECAUSE THAT BUTTON IS PRETTY DAMN HARD TO FIND AND PRESS! BUT AS STATED TOO LATE FOR THE PARTY! UTAH CALLS? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW A DISABLED PERSON IS A THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY? BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO SAY HOW I AM. WHEN I SAY WORDS THAT ARE USED IN A METAPHORICAL APPROACH? I THINK IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BECAUSE SIMPLE WORDS THAT ANYONE SHOULD GET IT! BUT WHEN YOU MESS WITH MY FAMILY YOU END UP MESSING WITH ME TOO. MANY KNOW AND MANY CARE, SO I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST TO GET THE MESSAGE THAT TIME TO WAKE THE HECK UP AND YOU OWE! GOOD LUCK HON. I KNOW HOW MANY PILLS I HATE TO TAKE AND PAIN I RATHER ENDURE IT BEFORE TAKING PILLS. WE NEED A HOOK UP AND WHEN I CAN I WILL ASK YOU IF ARE ABLE TO KEEP IN TOUCH BECAUSE I SO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH.

      • Thanks for kind and informed words. I actually filed my very own Social Sec. Disability Income and VA Service Connected Claims at same time and by myself (with a nudge or two by my Senator), and awarded…as you have no idea the half of it.
        Yeah, endured the dreaded “witch hunts”, interrogated over and over in course of years, to point of even trying to take my own life–all while active duty. All because of ignorance, their ignorance, and their clear medical errors. Compiling a book, very slowly, but am writing a book about my experiences because feel it needs to be told. Ignorance is very dangerous.
        Educated Ignorance is even more dangerous because it becomes structured and layered, and the Veteran never comes out unscathed in end.
        I just want to help make the VA and Military a better place for now and future Veterans.
        A friend confirmed that the Indy VA has also sent out mass mailings related to unsterile environment, cancelled surgical procedures, sometimes NEVER even notifying Veterans and they have travelled over 70+ miles, to only be turned away and no travel pay because the VA claims the appointment was canceled and the Vet should have somehow known this.

        WTF?!!! Surely this Country deserves better??!!!

  6. Dear Mr. Krause:

    What more evidence does the government need or pretend they do, before they criminally prosecute all caught involved in similar shenanigans, they have to really pay for what they may be involved in just as any other criminal caught involved in the performance of felonious acts.

  7. That is true the Denver vamc had to stop surgery due to sterilization problems! I called and wanted to see if that was true? The employee who answered the phone, gave to another worker and during the wait time, all I could hear was employees laughing! The employee whom I spoke with had a very strong oriental accent and told me she could not talking about it!

    The Denver vamc has more problems than the above, They are hurting veterans by using the Disruptive Committee to punish innocent veterans!

    They cover up employees when they accused veterans of disruptive behavior and that is a common practice!

    The director left after a visit from Bob McDonald, she retired! ?, the acting director she was just doing that ACTING! She was placed as acting director!

    The real acting director was the chief of staff, he is running the show and telling her what her job is and that is to listen to him and not the veterans!

    This director is just another employee, who can’t even speak for herself, she hides behind the chief of staff!

    Denver was and is doing a cover-up about how they use the Disruptive Committee and refuses to give veterans any sort outlet to defend themselves and just give the veteran lame excuses as to why veterans are being hurt by them not requiring an employee whom make allegations of disruptive behavior to provide them or the veterans with any proof that the veteran, had in fact had ever been disruptive in the first place!
    They are doing this with the blessings of the OIG office, who also doesn’t require any proof!

    Hearsay is good enough! They don’t think twice about the harm and illegal tactic they are using to attack the veteran!

    Senate Bennett office in Colorado has a person who acts like the senator and told me that the senator office can not make the VA to conduct any investigation.

    They would make an inquiry into the matter! The senators office received a reply, that tells them that they had no evidence about me every being disruptive!

    They also told Bennett office that they never did punish me for disruptive behavior. Even with this omission the senator office did nothing! Just left me to the Wolfe’s!

    I guess Bennett’s office has no power to assist Americans veterans and do follow ups! His office needs to get the whole story and since they admitted there was no evidence, his office should have demanded that my official medical records were cleansed of the false allegations and demand that the employees or employee be demoted or fired for abuse of power and mismanagement!
    And advised that retaliation is a punishable affair and will not be tolerated period!

    I guess the people are Fed up with our congress and feel they are ineffective and don’t care about the American people or if their American veterans are being falsely accused!

  8. I was excited about this website and what it offered until I had seen I have to pay $20 for info.

    If this was my website this info would be freely published to all that needed it.

    I am about to go through the Voc Rehab process and my first phone call with them (about my appointment never coming) was belittling and already made me feel like I am wasting my time. I wanted to be armed to the teeth when I go to my meeting with the intention attending law school or a PhD. I was told by the VA rep that I already have an MBA and their only job is to get me to be “employable” and that goal was reached when I earned an MBA.

    • @Josh-
      What Ben is doing is Non-Profit and am sure that $20. is covering costs of material, time, etc. However, if you are genuinely in need of this info, if you were to say email Benjamin Krause and see if I could purchase the Voc Rehab Guide *for you* by proxy and arrange for you to receive it in lieu of me, I would definitely give you a leg-up if you are in a tight spot. Ben has our email addresses associated with log-in/posting with avatar name, so it should be possible and just thought I’d at least offer to help a fellow Veteran out. In any case, in event you are not aware, there’s a salvo of great info at the website Hadit dot com, and that is where I gleaned all the info I needed (before Ben’s site existed or on my radar) when I successfully made my 100% Svc. Connected Claim, FYI.

      I do think Ben’s compiled data with his personal experience, just like yours, he was able to use the VA’s own rules and make the VA Voc. Rehab follow those rules, and acquire his law degree on top of previous college degree(s)…that sounds like it really will be beneficial to your situation.

      • @namnibor, this is just an LLC operation at the moment. One could say my company is “not making a profit” nor is it really geared toward that goal, but nonprofit status requires a specific filing with Minnesota. Armo Press LLC is the corporate structure I created for this to house the risk of this website, which is not registered as a nonprofit here.

      • Ben I been following your site for quite awhile and I just want to thank you for this site!

        I know you’re trying to make it better for veterans and I have told my story about the way the VA falsely accused me of disruptive behavior and not one person government official VA, senators have not helped to fix or even speak with me!

        I know nothing is going to be done at this point, but your site lets me know, that I am just one of many the VA has harmed by false reporting!

        It helps when I am able to set the record straight and in the future my grandchildren will know that I have been wronged and I didn’t just stand by, without fighting back!

        People like you only lift me up, its nice to know someone really cares about our plight and willing to not take no for an answer!

        One day Ben all your efforts will be rewarded and all of us will be better off!

        I know that sometimes you probably thought can I keep this up? I know you are strong minded or you would have given up! In one word!

        Thanks

      • @Benjamin- Thanks for setting me straight on that matter. I should have figured that out myself by (Limited Liability Corp.), and apologize for erroneous information.

  9. Let’s wait and see what Dr. Shulkin says about this. Oh, I forgot….he doesn’t say anything bad about the VAHS – only good things Well I guess that’s why he ain’t saying anything – ever. What a disastrous failure the VA is and the crumbs that run it.

  10. Pope Francis has said something astounding,
    “[He’s] not against capitalism!” It’s what’s done with it that concerned him. He wants the rich, whether individuals, corporations, governments etc., etc. to help the less fortunate. Basically what Jesus had called for over 2,000 years ago!

    • Yes, it’s brilliantly simple. However, those driven by greed will be the ones quickest to call that “Socialism”…wait for it…too bad we could not have got the Pope to address the treatment of military and Veterans.

      • namnibor, That would have been great. Yet, it’s come out he isn’t too fond of Obama policies. He’s prolife. Obama is pro abortion. He even spoke about Obama’s immigration policy.
        I think there’s more to what we didn’t see or hear that will come out sooner or later. That will be the spoiler in what may, or may not, happen when Congress and Senate gets back to work tomorrow.

        I did read where the Senate had a stalemate on the ‘Planned Parenthood’ vote, and would revote come December. But, I’ve also read the Senate passed it, and it was sent over to Congress.
        So, right now, I’m not sure what’s going on!? Is there, or isn’t there, going to be a government shutdown is anyone’s quess????
        Does anyone know anything about this????

  11. Ben, you should submit a FOIA to the Minneapolis VA for copies of the test results they claim are being conducted on these instruments. Either they produce them showing they are honest in what they are claiming, or they ignore your FOIA or lie about the results. They can prove it by giving you a copy of the results. It would be interesting to watch them squirm if these cancellations are for some other reason and there is no testing going on whatsoever.

    • Failure to adequately sterilize surgical tools….. This has been going on for years! Many medical centers failed to develop training programs to teach staff how to correctly clean, disinfect and sterilize reusable medical equipment, like surgical equipment, the report said. As a result, staff may not be sterilizing reusable equipment correctly, creating a serious medical risk.

      MPLS VA – 2007 a first week resident poked a hole through my skull causing a CSF leak, than they used a scope that was more than likely contaminated with Pseudomonas A, a bacteria that causes Meningitis. ( sample from surgery site tested POS for Pseud – A ) A VA nurse informs my DR. that I have Meningitis but they refuse to treat me for over 35 days …. I nearly died several times.

      VA is lying !!!

  12. 1986 Ret visn 12 348 miles away they tryed to force back surgery using unqualified general surgeon in s hospital that smelled like urine.
    My family has worked in hospitals for a couple of generation I was scared to let them takey blood. I brought my families built in nurse whit me because probls i have communicating with them . She told the doctor your not going to close enough to this vet to break the surface tension of his sweat this place is appalling the only thing that smells worse is your breath.
    many vet have been infected at this hospital in the last 30 years two are dead from the infections .I’m a grandfather and older then dirt but still bring a nurse with me if they force me to go in for anything .

    30 years ret building looks the sames and smells the same and the still have geteal surgeons doing specialty operations.

    They coerce compliance by witholding medical care I use private physicians and witheld medical care although dangerous is not punishment it’s a life saver by default…..

    This facility is in michigan but is use by wisconsin as well a doctor that was a general surgeon there is now a congressman sitting on the congressional Veterans Affairs committe and the fraud medical record keeping there has made the director the bonuses and they made him acting visn director.

    It’s ironic the surgeon found a job where he can do more damage and the directors new title is “acting ” visn 12 director.

    bonuses given to executives are kick backs and hush money thirty years no back brace and my primary caregiver is a nurse practitioners that spells worse than I do. G_d help those vets that can’t help themself be VA cant.

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