DENVER (CBS4) – Porter Adventist Hospital will resume surgeries on a limited schedule Thursday after implementing a series of changes recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Research on infection violation of control at Porter Adventist Hospital found out about several patients who had surgical site infections after orthopedic or spinal surgery between July 21, 2016 and April 5 of 2018.
It is unknown whether infections are related to rape. The health department says that the link can not be determined. They believe that the risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens, such as HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B, is unknown, but it is considered low.
(credit: CBS)  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was notified of the violation on February 21. The department conducted a survey at the site of infection control practices in the hospital the next day.
The hospital sent letters on April 4 to patients who may have been put at risk.
Porter voluntarily closed its operating rooms for two reasons, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
"The main concern was with the process of cleaning surgical tools after orthopedics and spinal surgeries.The other potential concern is related to residues in surgical tools after sterilization." Porter reported that this could be due to As a result, water tests were carried out and it was found that the water quality in Porter was within the typical range found in drinking water. "
A reddish residue was found on the surgical equipment that was produced naturally. The hospital is adjusting its concentration and the frequency of the descaling procedures caused by the accumulation of calcium, iron and other materials.
The water samples were examined by four independent independent laboratories. They determined that the water was within safety standards.
Denver Water supplies the water to the hospital.
"We will certainly be corroborating with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and will be willing to provide any information or data they need from us," he said
Additional information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
Porter has established a direct line for patient questions. The phone number is 303-778-5694.
The public may call the Colorado Public Health Hotline for Public Information (COHELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for general information. questions about surgical site infections, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The hours of COHELP are 9 a. m. to 7 p. m. From Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public can also send an email to COHELP at [email protected]