Updated statement regarding Porter Hospital, April 6
Updated statement from Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer, regarding the infection control breach at Porter Adventist Hospital
April 6, 2018
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s continued investigation into the infection control breach at Porter Adventist Hospital has determined that additional patients who had orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter may be at risk for surgical site infections and/or HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.
Originally, the department determined that people who had orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter between July 21, 2016 and Feb. 20, 2018 may be at risk. Based on new information, the department has recommended Porter notify people of the same risk if they had orthopedic or spine surgery from Feb. 20 until April 5, 2018, when Porter voluntarily closed its operating rooms.
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 C or hepatitis B because of this issue is also unknown, but is considered low.
Porter has voluntarily suspended all surgical procedures and closed all operating rooms until the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment determines it is safe to resume.
Because the investigation is ongoing, the department cannot comment further at this time.
Porter has established a hotline for patient questions. The phone number is 303-778-5694.
The public can call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for Public Information (COHELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for general questions about surgical site infections, HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. COHELP hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public also can email COHELP at COHELP@rmpdc.org