Sterilization practices questioned at VA Hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s VA hospital is getting called-out in a letter to President Obama.

According to the Office of the Medical Inspector, teams were able to validate claims that workers at the hospital didn’t always comply with VA sterilization standards for wearing personal protective equipment.

Inspectors also found that workers occasionally failed to place indicator strips on surgical trays and mislabeled sterile instruments.

But it’s important to note that OMI does not believe this affected patient safety. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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