The Phoenix VA Healthcare system has postponed all surgeries for the rest of the week due to a mechanical issue in the operating rooms.   Spokeswoman Jean Schaefer says an issue with the ventilation system has postponed about 50 scheduled surgeries.  She says a routine check of the ventilation system showed

a problem which led to the cancellation of surgeries.  Patients who had been scheduled for surgery will be postponed.  However, the VA is accommodating patients in need of immediate surgery by referring them to community partners through Tri-West.  Schaefer says it’s inconvenient, but necessary to keep patients safe during surgical procedures.   Surgeries should resume Monday after repairs.

Kris Dugan