- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Officials at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System say surgeries have been postponed for the rest of this week because of technical difficulties with the operation room ventilation system.

VA spokeswoman Jean Schaefer says an engineering team will complete a review of the mechanical systems that support the operating rooms before surgeries resume at the Phoenix VA by Feb. 22.

She says a full analysis of the operating room mechanical systems functioning and a certification of the existing system should be completed over the next 2 to 3 days.

Schaefer says patients scheduled for surgery this week are being contacted individually and either rescheduled or offered care through a community partner via the Veterans Choice program.

She says patients who have concerns should call their health care provider.

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