Porter Adventist Hospital Infection Control Breach Lawsuit

Posted: April 19, 2018

Porter Adventist Hospital Infection Control Breach Lawsuit – What You Need to Know

What happened?

Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital did not follow adequate sterilization practices related to surgical equipment used in orthopedic and spinal surgeries during an 18-month period from July 21, 2016 to February 20, 2018. Patients may have been put at added risk for surgical site infections or exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV.

Who is affected?

If you had an orthopedic or spinal surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital between July 2016 and February 2018, you should contact us immediately to see if you’re affected, and if you have a case against the hospital.

What is being done?

Fuicelli & Lee, P.C., has filed a lawsuit against the hospital on behalf of patients that were impacted by the sterilization failure. If you want to be part of this class action suit, visit our Porter Adventist Lawsuit page to tell us about your situation and see if you have a case. Please don’t delay as legal action is currently in motion.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) learned of the infection control breach on February 21, 2018 and conducted an on-site review of the hospital the next day. The department then launched a disease investigation, which is ongoing. As of March 28, 2018, inspectors confirmed that the hospital’s current infection control practices were line with acceptable standards.

On April 4, 2018, Porter Adventist Hospital mailed letters to potentially exposed patients notifying them of the risk and offering testing for blood-borne pathogens.

What is the likelihood of infection?

According to the CDPHE: “The risk of surgical site infection related to this event (above the usual risk related to surgery) is unknown. The risk of getting HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of this issue is considered very low.”

However, there are many other elements to consider, and we advise affected patients to contact us to discuss their options.

What can I do if I was affected by this breach?

Contact us immediately to discuss your options, figure out if you have a case, and learn about our class action lawsuit.