Eastern Colorado VA resumes surgeries

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DENVER (AP) - Surgeries are once again being done at the Denver VA after concerns were raised about its air-handling units.

The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System resumed surgical procedures Thursday. Officials say testing showed the units were working properly and that the air quality meets health care standards. As a precaution, all of the air handlers that were inspected were given new air filters.

The VA says 115 procedures were canceled since surgeries were stopped on Friday. Of those, 17 were done by other hospitals. The other veterans will have to reschedule their surgeries and the VA says they will receive priority treatment.

The system is based in Denver and serves veterans throughout the Front Range.