Ohio hospital resumes surgeries after 3-day delay

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A southern Ohio hospital that halted surgeries for three days because of concerns about sterilizing tools has resumed those procedures.

Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAWTH'-ee) put surgeries on hold after staff noticed staining on towels beneath baskets of surgical tools during sterilization. It had moved emergency patients elsewhere as a precaution while it investigated the problem.

The hospital about 40 miles south of Columbus says it brought in a mobile medical unit to help with sterilization while the hospital investigates and resolves the staining problem. Adena's chief medical officer has said the source of the staining wasn't biological.

Hospital officials say testing shows the facility's surgical instruments are sterile and safe.

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