Porter Adventist Hospital Media Statement - April 4, 2018

At Porter Adventist Hospital, patient safety remains our top priority.  Patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital between July 21, 2016 to February 20, 2018 are being notified of a gap in the pre-cleaning process of surgical instruments, prior to manual washing, machine washing, and sterilization.  Please note that only those orthopedic and spine surgery patients during this period are impacted by this notice and will receive a letter by mail.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stated on their website that, “The department is not aware of any patient infections related to the breach at this time.”  In an abundance of caution, patients are being provided information about surgical site infection and are being given the option to be tested for bloodborne pathogens.  All hospital instruments go through heat sterilization following a multistep pre-cleaning process, which is designed to inactivate viruses including Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and HIV. 

We understand that this information may cause concern, and are working closely with our patient care team, doctors and staff to ensure any patients involved have the information and resources they need.

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. 

Patients that had an orthopedic or spine surgery during this time frame may call our patient hotline: 303-778-5694 if they have additional questions.