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Washington hospital cancels 140+ elective surgeries after plastic found on trays

Puyallup, Wash.-based MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital is canceling more than 140 elective surgeries after flecks of plastic were found on some surgical trays, according to local news station KIRO 7.

MultiCare Good Samaritan announced the cancellations Nov. 17. Emergency surgeries will still take place, as the hospital said enough sterile trays are available for those types of procedures.

A hospital spokesperson told KIRO 7 the plastic was first noticed after the trays were removed from the hospital's sterilization system. MultiCare Good Samaritan is conducting tests to discover the source of the plastic and investigating possible causes, according to the report.

MultiCare Good Samaritan told the news station it prioritizes safety and has no reason to believe patients are at risk.

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