Over 60 patients allege sterilization negligence at Porter Adventist Hospital

Sixty-seven patients and 22 spouses filed a lawsuit June 15 against Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, claiming the hospital caused infections and death due to improper equipment sterilization, according to The Denver Post.

The lawsuit comes roughly a year after hospital officials found a sterilization breach occurred at the hospital between July 21, 2016, and Feb. 20, 2018.

Complaints include one patient who had seven knee surgeries due to necrotic tissue and an infection he developed after surgery at Porter Adventist in 2017. The bacteria included a particular type usually found in a pregnant woman's vagina or rectum. Another patient died after developing an infection, sepsis and other complications from surgery on his femur and hip.

The patients' attorneys say cases are pending for three other patients and a spouse.

Porter Adventist shared the following statement with Becker's:

"We acknowledge the concern of these patients and are aware of existing lawsuits stemming from a review by [the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment] of the pre-cleaning process of surgical instruments prior to sterilization, which was identified in February 2018," a spokesperson said. "To protect the privacy [of] all involved, we will be addressing this matter through the legal process, which is underway. As an outcome of the CDPHE investigation, we continue to provide reports to CDPHE that confirm Porter Adventist Hospital continues to meet the sterilization process guidelines of CDPHE."

Editor's note: This article was updated June 17 at 12:20 p.m to include a statement from Porter Adventist Hospital.

Copyright © 2023 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.


Featured Whitepapers

Featured Webinars