Officials at Mpls VA Hospital now know what that 'mystery substance' was

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Who would have thought cleaning fluid could make such a mess?

A day after the detection of a mysterious "substance" prompted the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital to postpone "most surgeries" scheduled for the week, officials say the stuff was in fact just a cleaning chemical, FOX 9 reports.

The station says the fluid hadn't been properly rinsed out of the facility's main sterilizing equipment.

The incident raised alarms at the hospital in southeast Minneapolis, with officials pushing back scheduled medical procedures or moving them altogether to other hospitals, such as the University of Minnesota. Samples of the residual substance were even sent to laboratories for testing.

The hospital says there was never a risk to patients, though administrators will be reviewing procedures to make sure the sterilizers are cleaned to their manufacturer's standards in the future, the Associated Press notes.

The VA said in a statement that “the safety of our patients is always our number one priority," according to the Star Tribune.

The paper says surgeries will get back underway on Friday.

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