At least one death, “hundreds of severe infections” linked to Porter hospital’s use of contaminated surgical instruments

At least one death, “hundreds of severe infections” linked to Porter hospital’s use of contaminated surgical instruments

Origninally published on The Denver Post

More than 60 patients who suffered post-surgical infections are suing Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital over a breach in sterilization procedures, which a state investigation found was far more serious than the hospital divulged a year ago.

The lawsuit, filed at 12:02 a.m. Saturday , alleges the hospital’s failure to adequately clean equipment caused “hundreds of severe infections” in patients as far back as 2015 — and at least one death.

“This is not about money, it’s about Porter not doing this to anybody else,” said Michael Pitcock, a plaintiff who said he developed an infection after a knee replacement four years ago. “This should be preventable.”

The lawsuit, filed at 12:02 a.m. Saturday , alleges the hospital’s failure to adequately clean equipment caused “hundreds of severe infections” in patients as far back as 2015 — and at least one death.

“This is not about money, it’s about Porter not doing this to anybody else,” said Michael Pitcock, a plaintiff who said he developed an infection after a knee replacement four years ago. “This should be preventable.”

The state’s investigative report said Porter failed to track data and change its operations, leading to “ongoing incidents in which contaminated surgical instruments were being delivered to the operating room for surgical cases and potentially contributed to an increase in surgical site infections and adverse patient events.”

However, Dr. Tista Ghosh, chief medical officer at Colorado Department of Health and Environment, said in a statement the state has never conclusively linked infections to the sterilization problems.

Centura Health, which operates Porter, declined to comment for this story.

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