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Potential Exposure of HIV and Hepatitis at Porter Hospital

If you underwent orthopedic or spinal surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver between July 21, 2016 and April 5, 2018, you may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. The Colorado Health Department has confirmed that the hospital's failure to comply with mandatory protocol may have led to a serious sterilization breach.

You do not have to deal with this alone. If you believe you have been exposed to infection by this breach, contact us immediately at (303) 756-9935 for our Edgewater & Castle Rock offices and at (719) 632-4333 for our Colorado Springs office. Vigil & Alford, PLLC is actively taking on medical malpractice cases for the Porter Adventist Hospital lawsuit in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, and can help determine the best course of action for you and your family's safety. 

How Did This Happen?

On February 21, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was contacted about a potential breach at the hospital. On February 22, they conducted an on-site survey of the hospital’s infection control practices and found that their sterilization process was insufficient. 

Dr. Larry Wolk of the CDPHE further clarified these findings as part of a released statement: “The process for cleaning surgical instruments following orthopedic and spine surgeries was found to be inadequate, which may have compromised the sterilization of the instruments.” As a result, patients who had orthopedic or spine surgery between July 2016 and April 2018 may have been exposed to infection. 

Porter Adventist has set up free blood testing for potential victims with LabCorp. If you received the Critical Warning Letter from Porter Adventist, bring it with you to LabCorp.

During the course of their investigation, the CDPHE also discovered that a number of patients developed surgical site infections after orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Adventist. While they have not determined a clear link, there is a possibility that the sterilization breach is at fault for these infections.

Porter Adventist continued to perform surgeries up until April 4, 2018 when they were forced to go public, at which point they voluntarily closed their doors. While they have resumed their surgeries on a limited schedule as of April 11, the final findings of the CDPHE's investigation have not yet been confirmed. 

Am I at Risk? 

Patients who received orthopedic or spine surgery during this 18-month period were potentially exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as other bacterial and viral infections. If you underwent any of the following surgeries between July 2016 and April 2018, you may be at risk:  

  • Arthroscopy
  • Joint replacement
  • Bone fracture repair
  • Soft tissue repair

Porter Adventist has set up free blood testing for potential victims with LabCorp. If you received the Critical Warning Letter from Porter Adventist, bring it with you to LabCorp.

What Could This Mean for Me?

Hepatitis and HIV are life-changing conditions, which require expensive medical treatments. Patients should also keep in mind that these infections can easily spread to family members or partners. If you were infected, you may have unknowingly passed the infection to others. 

Because an infection from a surgical site is usually more noticeable than a disease, you may not know if you have been infected yet. We urge you to undergo testing to check for these diseases as soon as possible. 

Contact Vigil & Alford Today

The effects of the Porter Adventist sterilization breach may be wide-reaching and have lasting effects on you and your family. If you received orthopedic or spinal surgery between July 21, 2016 and April 4, 2018, please contact Vigil & Alford immediately at (303) 856-5893, toll free at (855) 632-4333, or online.

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