The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating surgical site infections and the transmission of bloodborne pathogens at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. Health department officials found problems with how the hospital sterilized surgical tools after orthopedic and spine surgeries. Surgeons may have used contaminated surgical tools on patients. Infections were reported among patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgeries between July 21, 2016 and April 5, 2018.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that patients who received these surgical procedures may have been at risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. You may contract these viruses through exposure to infected blood.
After the health department found sanitation problems, the hospital temporarily suspended surgeries. Surgeries resumed on Thursday on a limited schedule.
Were You Affected by the Porter Adventist Hospital Sterilization Breach?
Porter Adventist Hospital sent letters to patients affected by the sanitation breach. If you received surgery at the hospital or a letter, then you can receive testing for HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
While these three viruses are treatable, they are also potentially fatal and can result in severe health complications. Treatments for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are expensive.
Can I Sue if I Develop an Infection from Surgery?
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one contracted a surgical infection at Porter Adventist Hospital. The Denver medical malpractice attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC can help you determine whether it would be possible to recover compensation. Our law firm is currently investigating claims against this hospital.
You can speak to one of our attorneys during a free consultation by calling 720-489-5848 or by using our confidential case review form. To learn more about our experience handling medical negligence cases, continue to explore our website.