People who may have been affected have been notified by mail. Hospital officials and state authorities did not indicate how many patients could have been impacted. In fact, the warning is targeting people who had orthopedic or spine surgery between July 21, 2016, and February 20. This situation was generated because “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.”
Fortunately, there have been no reports of infections related to the breach and the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis is very low, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said. A disease control investigation is ongoing. „We remain committed to transparency, additional details will be forthcoming,” Centura Health Hospital declared in a statement. An “emergency line” has been set up for patients concerned about the sterilization issue, specifically if they believe they may have been affected: 303-778-5694. The hospital’s current practices meet standards. Recent survey results released by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals in the United States, revealed no errors in our process or protocols.