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ORMC cancels surgeries over sterilization issue

Surgeries cancelled

TOWN OF WALLKILL – Mechanical issues with surgical tray sterilization equipment resulted in Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill canceling surgeries for Friday.

“Hospital administrators and quality control personnel are conducting an extensive root cause analysis of the matter to determine the source of the malfunctioning equipment,” said spokeswoman Marcy Manheim. “We expect to resume normal surgical operations as soon as the situation is rectified.”

Manheim said the hospital has the ability to safely perform inpatient emergency surgeries should a critical need arise; “however, we have advised local EMS and other providers that we are diverting any new surgical and trauma cases to other facilities at the present time.” She said patients treated at Orange Regional prior to Friday, are not impacted by the present situation.

The hospital cancelled surgeries “out of an abundance of caution and adherence to patient safety guidelines.”

 


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