Porter Adventist Hospital Sterilization Crisis
If You've Been affected, Call (303) 586-3638 and Talk to your Medical Malpractice Law Firm in Denver.
Hospitals and the medical professionals they employ are tasked with putting your best interests first and making sure your health and well-being are at the forefront of every decision. When a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other staff member fails to take appropriate precautions and you are harmed as a result, you have back-up. Our team at Denver Trial Lawyers is here to help you go after the person (or people) who negligently caused your injury and make sure you are treated fairly.
Our firm is investigating the Porter Hospital infection situation. If you or one of your loved ones have been affected in any way, please get in touch with a member of our legal team right away.
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Porter Adventist Hospital Fails to Sterilize Surgical Equipment, Exposing Patients to Risk of Infections, HIV, Hepatitis
Recently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a statement informing the public that Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital may have exposed orthopedic and spine surgery patients to surgical site infections and serious bloodborne illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.
According to Chief Medical Officer Larry Wolk, the exposure occurred due to an infection-control failure regarding certain surgical instruments, which were then used to operate on other patients.
The hospital’s sterilization techniques and practices are suspected to have been deficient, and Wolk warns that there is a risk of infection for patients on whom those contaminated surgical instruments may have been used. Patients who had orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital between July 21, 2016 and April 4, 2018 are at risk of infection.
Porter Adventist sent letters to patients who may have been exposed and informed them of the risk. The hospital has postponed new surgeries until further notice. According to the hospital, this postponement was enacted due to an issue with the hospital’s water supply, not in direct correlation with the flurry of news reports regarding contaminated surgical instruments.
What to Do if You May Have Been Exposed
If you had orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Hospital between July 2016 and April 2018, you may have been exposed to risk of infection or serious bloodborne disease and should promptly get tested. Certain infections can be life-threatening and if you have been exposed, time is of the essence.
Porter Adventist Hospital may be held legally responsible for damages you suffer as a result of the sterilization failures, including infections and pain, suffering and emotional trauma caused by the exposure to these diseases. It is important that you contact a medical malpractice attorney in Denver right away. Our team at Denver Trial Lawyers can help you understand your rights and hold Porter Adventist Hospital responsible for your injuries and damages.
Contact us today by calling (303) 586-3638.
Additional Porter Adventist Hospital Information:
- April 4, 2018 - Statement regarding Porter Adventist Hospital
- April 12, 2018 - Surgeries Back On As Porter Hospital Officials Say 'We're Sorry'
- April 12, 2013 - State health officials sanctioned Porter hospital in surgery errors
- April 4, 2018 - Patients At Risk for HIV, Hep B After Sterilization Breach At Porter Hospital