Porter Adventist Hospital Public Statement - April 5, 9 p.m.
Patient safety is the top priority at Porter Adventist Hospital. On Thursday, in an abundance of caution, we made the decision to pause all surgeries after we noticed a potential change in our water quality relative to our surgical equipment. We are working closely with patients to reschedule surgeries, and we are supporting them through this process. We notified the CDPHE and they conducted a site visit this afternoon, April 5.
We recognize this news follows Wednesday’s announcement about a past gap in the pre-cleaning process of surgical instruments, prior to manual washing, machine washing, and sterilization. We continue to maintain that the risk of infection to patients is extremely low.
As previously reported, orthopedic and spine surgery patients treated at the hospital between July 21, 2016 to Feb. 20, 2018 are being notified. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has said it “has not identified any infections caused as a result of this breach”.
We remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of patient care. 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.