Dirty Surgical Equipment At VA Medical Center Force Cancellations

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Dirty Surgical Equipment VA Medical Center

Dirty surgical equipment at Washington DC VA Medical Center forced cancellation of at least 9 surgeries Friday following a string of other safety concerns.

Surgical equipment in question was discolored. A VA official said staff at the location believed the discoloration was due to improper use of solvent. Trainers were brought in to ensure staff at the location know how to properly sterilize surgical equipment.

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The agency says no veterans were harmed by the mishap. However, given VA’s track record of obfuscating medical malpractice and negligence investigations, it seems improbable that anyone would rely on the promises of the agency.

This incident follows a string of VA safety concerns at the Washington DC VA Medical Center in the recent past not to mention the director’s scandal resulting in termination.

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Safety Concerns At Washington DC VA Medical Center

Former director Brian Hawkins was terminated following an investigation into misconduct and failure to properly manage the facility. Secretary David Shulkin put Hawkins on reassignment pending the outcome of his investigation because he put patient lives at unnecessary risk. These shortfalls included:

  • 18 of 25 sterile storage areas were dirty
  • Clean supplies were mixed with dirty supplies
  • $150 million in supplies was not inventoried
  • Non-inventoried supplies were expired or near expiration with no plan to replenish
  • 194 patient safety reports were filed based on unavailable equipment or supplies since 2014

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Additional findings from the NBC I-Team reported:

The incident is the latest in a string of safety concerns uncovered at the medical center. A June report by the I-Team also revealed the agency hired a contractor to fix potentially unsafe floor cracks in the facility’s surgery department in March. VA officials also ordered repairs of holes in the walls of the facility’s “center core areas,” completing the project in mid-February.

The facility suffered a cockroach infestation and a lack of sanitary conditions in its food service areas in 2015, according to federal records reviewed by the I-Team. An agency spokeswoman told the I-Team the problems have since been remedied.

A separate I-Team investigation revealed a patient’s body went undiscovered in a car in the parking lot outside the main entrance of the medical center in May. A family member told the I-Team she searched and found the man’s body after getting little response to her phone calls from medical center employees. A VA spokesman said the agency has since strengthened its security policies for monitoring patients outside the facility, including patients who appear to be sleeping in their vehicles.

Apparently, problems persist at the facility concerning sterilization procedures even after the departure of Hawkins.

Source: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Washington-DC-VA-Medical-Center-Cancels-Surgeries-Over-Concerns-About-Surgical-Equipment-Safety-456429453.html

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Crazy elf
Crazy elf
In my opinion, it’s not just the directors at VHA’s causing problems. It’s anyone/everyone who works there, and decides NOT to fix a problem! Shulkin can/could fire every director, at every VHA, and still not fix it! Until ALL the personnel take responsibility for whatever occurs [at a vha] NOT one damn thing will change! It’s as though the people who work there don’t care about anything except for themselves! As long as they receive that paycheck, ALL is well! Here’s a small example of the lazy attitude of VA employees: At the Daytona Beach VHA, the sign out on… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Nepotism at the VA is the glue that keeps the engorged asses in stationary orbit for generations at the VA.

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!
VA- Beetus . Definition a disturbing medical condition known ti be inclusive to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Symptoms include severe signs of office ass, intentional lack if care and respect to the customer it serves. New reports show tgat a comorbid problem that intertwines with this disease, which is known as Secrebeetus, a condition that affects all Secretaries at the Department. Due to the last Secretary being on some grandiose Disney type shit, it has been clear that there may be no cure. Behind me is Captain Fuck the VA. Sir what would you like to say to all… Read more »
James Clement
James Clement

This just in . . . Special Live Guest for Monday, 13 Nov 2017 on the Captain Fuck the VA show will be Stinkee Poo Tsu Chi, who is the All-Veteran Favorite 200 Kilogram Tuna Beast Nurse award recipient for 2017.

Be sure to Tune In, Turn On, or Drop Out . . . for what is sure to be a smelly . . . uh, EXCITING interview.

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

With special guest former OIG, the fierce Linda the ” Manatee” Halliday and her sidekick Dick head Griffin!
LoL @James

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

So, basically, what you are saying is that anyone who relies on VA Health Care for anything should be considered to be displaying suicidal tendencies?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

I would definitely agree with you on that Elf.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
Have you heard anything about all the “sealed indictments” [almost 100] in the “Eastern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas” coming out from leaks?
I’ve read where John Podesta’s on the run, after his brother, Tony, was arrested. (Not sure if that’s true or not, only hope it is!)
So much starting to happen, it’s hard to keep up!!!!!!

James Clement
James Clement
Right on, Elf! Does not matter what side of the aisle has control, they are all pretty much corrupt. And it has to stop. Non-violently or ??? As I stated on a previous post, the second Civil War is coming. When enough of the younger crowd of veterans get tired enough of the nonsense that goes on with the VA, and DC in general – – – things will begin to happen. Interesting how such a stellar fuck up like Brian Hawkins gets placed “on reassignment” by Shithead Shulkin – – – while Dr. Klein from Missouri who helped hundreds… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
James, Yesterday, while enjoying one of the great freebies, I have a younger veteran Ben’s website. He was extremely happy about it. Because he’s been given the maximum bullshit from VA! He was in the “tank” corps of the Army. So, in my opinion, he’s probably had some form of “tbi” disabling condition! When I told him about a tank being brought into our small unit in Vietnam, and how everytime it went “BOOM” (every 30 minutes) the dirt fell on us in our hootch, he got a kick out of it! I hope he comes on here an “talks”… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Correction:
It should read; “I gave a younger veteran Ben’s website!”
Damn Neuropathy and maybe spell check!

namnibor
namnibor

Capacitive touch screens mock me with my peripheral neuropathy. The quasi-numb with somehow pain at same time fingertips and touch screens make things interesting, for sure and will just say if they come out with a touch screen panel to operate some new-fangled electronic asswiper dohinky, I am NOT getting one because you could put an eye out with that thing!

namnibor
namnibor

“[…Apparently, problems persist at the facility concerning sterilization procedures even after the departure of Hawkins.]”
**Lackadaisicalness**BREEDS**MORE**LACKADDAISICALNESS**at the VA.
Lots of ‘L’s describing your purple team members:
‘Lackadaisicalness’- 1) Lacking in vitality (life) and purpose, 2) Lacking Interest, Vigor, or Determination; Listless; Lethargic, 3) Lazy; Indolent.

namnibor
namnibor

I ponder how VA Sec. Shulkin would like it if he went to his favorite coffee shop haunt and ordered a bagel w/cream cheese and right in front of him I take the butter knife out of a cat shit-filled cat litter box and proceeded as if all is normal and spread his cream cheese and served it with a smile? I mean, as a server, I CARE, just *like* the VA…
It just pisses me off: Something is either sterile or not…absolutely no gray or in this case, green areas. Rat Bastards!

James Clement
James Clement

Hate to be pedantic – – – but in this precise case, seems there was a lot of gray, green, yellow, red and only Karma knows what other colors served as the indicator of the problem.

Pisses me off as well. VA receives a first-world budget, yet provides in the majority of cases – – – third-world or below medical care. Thanks for your service to our bonus-generating machine.

Fookin’ Arseholes !!!

Dennis
Dennis
Once again I feel compelled to offer a translational insight from cannabis free Oregon. We have learned here to distiguish the dank shit from the killer skunk and we are the better for it but we are not a stingy race, us Oregonians, and I am going to share… (insights, not bud) Let me translate for you a sentence from Ben. He writes from a learned man’s viewpoint and elects to follow a path of decorum that eludes me in my own writings which of course defer instead to the scatological style I have a real knack for. Here is… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Damn, Great Translation, Dennis!
(Had to sit down after that one. It caused me to almost lose my lunch (Visual)!

namnibor
namnibor

Urban Legend holds if an AFGE member says out loud in front of a mirror 3 x the word ‘Scab’ they annihilate their existence like antimatter to matter does.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Phff . . .

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Phff . . . pass the trash.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Psff . . . How come the VA doesn’t have proper vetting measures, and always passes the trash to other facilities, instead of terminating disciplined VA employees? – – – Nuttin Butt Trueph

Dennis
Dennis

Washington D.C. ? Wow that’s where the POTUS lives! Where is the POTUS at?! Oh! He’s in Vietnam-Nam today. The same place he made sure he wouldn’t go to 50years ago.

James Clement
James Clement

‘But he really always wanted a Purple Heart . . . ‘ I am paraphrasing, but I did hear him utter words of that ilk on a youtube video.

Yah – – – He wanted it, he just did not want to endure what had to be in order to EARN it. A lot of guys are still owed theirs, and a lot of guys wish they did not have them.

A George Washington Medal and Five Dollah get a Veteran a ChocoLottaFuckaLatte at the Starfuck’s. Except in Alaska and Hawaii where it takes Six Dollah . . .

WyldeChylde
WyldeChylde

Oh the irony…

namnibor
namnibor

It will go right next to the stack of Rolex boxes…

WyldeChylde
WyldeChylde

Welp guys let me offer a hearty Happy “token gratitude” day or maybe it’s Happy “Hurrah, the VA didn’t kill me yet” day. It could be Happy “Where the fucks my benefits?!?!?!” day just trying to be all inclusive here.

James Clement
James Clement
On This Day in American History: The history of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) begins with the founding of the Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security and discipline enforcement, and assist in landing forces. Its mission evolved with changing military doctrine and foreign policy of the United States. Owing to the availability of Marine forces at sea, the United States Marine Corps has served in nearly every conflict in United States history. It attained prominence when its theories and practice of amphibious warfare proved prescient, and ultimately formed a cornerstone of the… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Could be wrong, but seems like something might be getting stirred up over at Shulkin’s office. Why would he make such a HUGE announcement, in admitting that the Claims end of the VA has been adversarial to Veterans? It gets deeper. Besides questioning Shulkin’s recent admittance, plus announcing this close to Veteran’s Day, what legal obligation could this possibly bring, so that the VA may have to own up to any future damages? This totally depends on the definition of ADVERSARIAL. If they have figured out appropriation, then they can calculate any damages belonging to Veterans. IMO. Or, did Shulkin… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Not to crap on Veteran’s Day, because I DO appreciate the gesture and what it’s supposed to entail…the BIG problem I have with VD is fact I cannot YET hold my head-up proudly and boast I get ‘world class healthcare’ related and by merit to my Service to my USA. I love my USA. Even the minions of assholes. But is it too much to ask to feel safe while having that ‘world class healthcare’ served with a bile smile?

91Veteran
91Veteran

Meanwhile, some AFGE flunky is thinking, “Damn! I shoulda used Cascade with sheeting action”.

I would ask at what point does the VA get serious about these problems and create task forces in every hospital to simply perform spot-checks of things like this to determine whether a proper job is being done…but I know it would be like pissing in the wind.

cj
cj

@91Veteran: I can’t help but to think, if the VA is using Cascade, then surely, the VAOIG, MUST be using Scrubbing Bubbles!!!!

To steal WyldeChyldes comment: Oh the irony!!!!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Today is, 11 Nov. 2017, “Veterans Day”!
To Ben, his family and to all my brothers and sisters, “Happy Veterans Day!”
Be safe and enjoy today!

cj
cj

@Crazy elf, right back at you, enjoy. and thank you.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine
I realize now that War inc. is for suckers and that we were all duped. Remembrance Day is a big part of the lies. It’s more about indoctrinating kids than honoring the war dead. I imagine that the souls of the billions of war dead cry out each Remembrance Day wishing we would wake up. For the dead soldiers, their young lives are sacrificed for lies so that bankers and their chickenhawk minions can keep their control racket going and they have no intention of ever sharing anything with the victims of war. The victims of war are not just… Read more »
cj
cj

Agree, OLDMARINE. Thank you for reminding me, you rock.

namnibor
namnibor

I stayed in and made myself some scrambled eggs and ate them with a rusty fork and thought of our brothers and sisters laying locked in VA hospital wards getting tetanus from what I just did. No free din-din this Veteran’s Day for me, I just avoided the masses of asses.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
“Veterans Are Dying From Painkiller Overdoses At Twice The Rate Of The US Population”, Steve Birr Daily Caller, Vice Reporter, 3:30 PM 11/10/2017 “http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/10/veterans-are-dying-from-painkiller-overdoses-at-twice-the-rate-of-the-us-population/” “President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a “public health emergency” on Oct. 26, giving states hit hard by opioid addiction flexibility on how they direct federal resources to combat rising drug deaths. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse released Sept. 7 predicts that the addiction epidemic in America will continue to deteriorate, pushing drug deaths to an estimated 71,600 in 2017. If the estimates prove accurate, 2017 will be the second year in… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Anyone being prescribed Carisoprodol (Soma) by a VA Primary Care Provider. Why should anyone suffer from any type of health care disservice from any medical provider? Your life means a digit to the VA. Each and everyone, for some reason or another, that has to use the VA for their health care, has the full legal right to stand up for themselves, or to stand up for someone else, for the purpose of being expediently, and to be properly medically treated. I’ll bet you that most of everyone who receives health care from the VA’s disservice, is being mistreated, and… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Doctor – Patient Relationship;

“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor%E2%80%93patient_relationship”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Off topic, yet worth the read (with video) From: “Fox News” via: “Patriots of America” Dated today 11 Nov 2017 Titled; “Veterans Day: Lara Trump should be commended for helping prevent veteran suicide!” By Dr. Gina Loudon | Fox News Newsweek is slamming President Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, for “freely volunteering” her time for veterans. She’s helping veterans get together with “rescue dogs”! NOT only is it rescuing the dogs from destruction, it’s helping veterans from destruction! Newsweek has proven to be assholes to veterans for some time now. In my opinion, They’re the ones needing to be put out… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
______________ Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office3 Central District of California For Immediate Release- Wednesday, November 8, 2017 “Parking Lot Operator Arrested for Allegedly Failing to Pay Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs at least $11 Million while Paying Bribes to VA Official” “LOS ANGELES – The owner of a business that operated parking lots was arrested this morning after being charged with bilking the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs out of more than $11 million that should have been paid in relation to a contract to operate parking facilities on the VA’s Los Angeles medical campuses. Richard Scott, 58, the owner… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
_____________ “Veterans Affairs nurse accused of peeping into University of Pittsburgh dorms”, Ben Schmitt, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 “http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12922125-74/veterans-affairs-nurse-accused-of-peeping-into-university-of-pittsburgh-dorms” The Veterans Pittsburgh Healthcare System said Tuesday it is taking steps to fire a nurse accused of using a spotting scope to spy on University of Pittsburgh dormitories from the VA parking garage in Oakland. Paul May, 56, of Lawrence County’s Enon Valley is charged with loitering and prowling, possessing instruments of crime and invasion of privacy, all misdemeanors, according to court records. VA police arrested him Monday night as he allegedly used the scope to look into dorm rooms. A… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
_________________ Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release – Thursday, November 9, 2017 “Former Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Indicted on Charges of Wire Fraud, Bribery and Theft” A federal grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday charging a former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official with a scheme to steal benefit money for veterans in need from the VA. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement. Russell M. Ware, 39, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged with four counts of wire fraud… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Gee, isn’t it interesting how the IG can investigate and work with the DOJ on indicting crooks in the VA?

Its almost like congress intended that when they wrote the law.

cj
cj
Once again my comment is awaiting moderation. I inserted quotation marks at the beginning and the end of a link, but this format changes the second set of quotation marks from ” to ", and so the comment will not post. The first time this happened I posted information for Vietnam Veterans about a service medal that was issued to them after their service ended that they may not know they have been awarded, I think this is information these Veterans deserve to know, and yet the comment never saw the light of day here. This second comment also has… Read more »
cj
cj

That above is not what I typed, this new format keeps changing what I typed. In particular the part of the sentence (this format changes the second set of quotation marks from ” to “) that is not what I typed at all. I cannot type what I originally typed here because it keep changing it.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

Read my wire comment

cj
cj

Oldmarine, I just checked and there is no comment, could you resend?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
For Profit School and G.I. Bill ________________________ Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey For Immediate Release – October 17, 2017 “Two Women, Including Former Associate Dean Of Caldwell University, Admit Defrauding Veterans’ GI Bill” NEWARK, N.J. – Two women today admitted their roles in a conspiracy that fraudulently obtained over $24 million from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a federal education benefits program designed to help veterans who served in the armed forces following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Lisa DiBisceglie, 56, of Lavallette, New Jersey, the former… Read more »
Dennis
Dennis
Today it occurs to me that a copy and paste from one of VA’s words needs a REAL follow up here! I pasted the dictionary definition of the word they used to describe what happened below, but read their words first! I call for an IMMEDIATE investigation of the ceilings in all VA surgical centers! There may be more to this story hanging around, at least if you do not trust how VA defines the word “none” … VA’s words: “The agency says no veterans were harmed by the mishap.” Now below is the copy and paste definition from the… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Given the number of VA employees who are Batshit Crazy at the VA. The all the bat guano must lubricate the ceilings so the pancakes can’t stick.

Maybe that is why they keep all the Batshit Crazies working there. Or maybe because Shulkin spreads so much Bull Fertilizer every time he opens his mouth they need the guano just in case they run out. That is so they can keep all their plants flowering properly.

Down To Earth High Phosphorus Bat Guano – 5 lb $24.99

Walmart “https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/bat-guano-fertilizer”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

With the very high number of Blooming Idiots flowering each year at the VA Health Care Facilities. You know that it takes a lot of Bullshit to keep them flowering.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJIuP7zEVeM&list=RDXJIuP7zEVeM#t=170”

namnibor
namnibor

Nevermind the pancake meeting the ceiling briefly and picking-up all that black mold, insects, MRSA, a dash of C-DIFF, and just a *pinch* of Legionnaires to make those pancakes go down with a deep cough…rat bastards!

Dennis
Dennis
Just wait until the media finds out that the bad VA art today is NOT a surgical unit but in fact is a photo of a VA certified chicken preparation station at the facilities patient kitchen. This station inspects the meal prior to delivery to ascertain it meets VA standards. The photo clearly shows VA chicken meant for patients being quartered and divided for the plates after it has passed this rigorous inspection, but the media could be VERY interested in learning VA does NOT use free range chickens. This could cause outrage! Speaking of the plates used for the… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Gangrene Galley, where we’re known famously for our sauce.

namnibor
namnibor

On chickens and the VA AFGE herd: All future appointments for the therapeutic whirlpool physical therapy baths in all VHA’s are closed to Veterans until further notice, or until KFC ceases to produce their new KFC Scented Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Bubble Bath. Yep, it exists, and the purple teams are now marinating and all hungry, hungry hippos festivities will also now take place in the chicken bubble bath broth.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

DOJ Files On Behalf of 28 Servicemembers’, Homes Which Were Illegal confiscated: Indicts Former VA Employee
November 10, 2017

“https://www.sofmag.com/doj-files-on-behalf-of-28-servicemembers-homes-which-were-illegal-confiscated-indicts-former-va-employee/”

““As we reflect this Veterans Day on the great debt we owe to those who have fought so hard for our freedom, we also reaffirm our commitment to protecting the rights of those who serve,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John M. Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Our men and women in uniform make immense personal sacrifices to keep our country safe. Losing their home to an unlawful foreclosure should not be one of them.””

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
On everything, the illegal activities costing VA taxpayers monies, you’ve brought out today. Does everyone see HOW these incidents would be one reason why VA needs to continually go to Congress “begging for more taxpayers monies!”

The VA needs to be shut down and everyone FIRED!
“FUCK the VA!”

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Don’t be fooled by anyone. This is a start, a no brainer, and forever to be true . . .

No Accountability + No Auditing = Corruption and Crime Increases

– – – Nutter.

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