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Brooke Army Medical Center seeks OR technicians to reduce backlog

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SAN ANTONIO – The Brooke Army Medical Center is in the process of hiring more personnel after it was forced to close more than half of its operating rooms because of improper sterilization.

Instruments in 73 cases were found last month with fragments of organic material on them. Officials said it was because of a backlog in sterilized surgical equipment.

After the center closed some of its operating rooms, the backlog was eliminated. BAMC is looking for additional operating room technicians to prevent it from happening again.

“We're slowly moving back. Our initial focus was to address the clean instruments that were not assembled and ready for surgery. We've accomplished that task in the first nine days,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, BAMC commander. “Now we're working to build up the ability to increase the number of surgical procedures that we're doing each day.”

Surgeons need multiple sets on hand to make sure they are equipped for any kind of surgery. The technicians will help sterilize the instruments and reduce the backlog.

Patients whose surgeries have been delayed and have questions should contact their surgeon, surgical clinic or primary care manager. 

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