The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgery between July 21, 2016, and February 20, 2018, at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver were at risk for surgical site infections, hepatitis B and C viruses or HIV because of an "infection control breach".
"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.
The state health department is looking into whether more patients than previously thought could be at risk for hepatitis and/or HIV after receiving new information from a survey at Porter Adventist Hospital.
There have been no reports of infections related to the breach and the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis is very low, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said. However, the agency says it's still investigating.
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There are no known cases of patients contracting infections from the instruments.
As reported by CBS Denver, the health department describes the incident as a "significant health breach". There is also no risk for patients who are now staying or seeking treatment from the hospital.
The hospital did not immediately respond when asked how many patients could have been impacted.
"The state health department was notified of the breach February 21".
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"A disease control investigation is ongoing", Wolk's statement said. The department conducted an on-site survey of infection control practices at the hospital. "The department last visited the hospital March 28, confirming that current infection-control practices meet standards".
Hospital officials are contacting everyone who might have been affected.
On Wednesday, April 4, Centura Health, the company operating Porter Adventist Hospital, released a statement about the gap in their pre-cleaning process.
Acting on "an abundance of caution", Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver said Thursday it will temporarily suspend all surgeries at the hospital until it corrects water quality issues that could be linked to contaminated surgical equipment.
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