Porter Adventist Hospital Reschedules More Surgeries Over Sterilization Worries

Glen Mclaughlin
April 7, 2018

The hospital said in a statement that it was working closely with patients to reschedule surgeries.

On Wednesday, the hospital announced an infection-control breach involving surgical tools may have put some surgery patients at risk for contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.

It has not been made clear how many patients may have been exposed to potential infection, but Colorado public health officials said they are not aware of any patient infections related to the breach. However, the agency says it's still investigating. Anyone who had spine or orthopedic surgery there between the dates in questions - July 21, 2016, and February 20, 2018 - can contact the hospital, the health department says.

When asked how widespread the health breach is, a health department spokesperson said it was "significant", CBS Denver reports. There is also no risk for patients who are now staying or seeking treatment from the hospital.

"We want to assure patients that our team immediately acted to remedy the situation. Recent survey results released by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals in the United States, revealed no errors in our process or protocols", the hospital said. The department conducted an on-site survey of the infection control practices at the hospital the next day.

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Because the investigation is ongoing, he said, the hospital voluntarily canceled most surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The hospital stopped using its equipment and reprocessed it on February 20, the CDPHE noted. The department last visited the hospital on March 28 to confirm that current infection control practices meet standards.

"We will be notifying these patients directly via a written letter and will be providing additional information regarding surgical site infection", read a Friday afternoon statement from hospital spokeswoman Chrissy Nicholson.

A failed system for sterilizing surgical equipment at Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver wasn't discovered by the hospital itself.

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