Dozens of people sued Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Saturday, a year after the Colorado hospital said that "violations" of sterilization procedures with the help of surgical instruments could expose patients at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
Many of the 67 patients and 20 spouses who brought lawsuits said that the infections they suffered had caused severe pain.
"It's not a question of money, it's because Porter does not do it to anyone else," Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, one of the plaintiffs who developed an infection after knee replacement, told The Pittsburgh. Four years ago. "It should be avoidable."
Centura Health, which operates the hospital, did not respond to Fox News's request for comment.
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The trial revealed enough flaws in the Denver hospital's cleaning equipment, triggering "hundreds of serious infections." These infections dating back to 2015 caused at least one death, the newspaper reported.
In April 2018, the hospital acknowledged problems with the sterilization equipment. However, it seems that the frequency with which the equipment has moved closer to patients would have been minimized. "We did not see a bump in our totals or our infection rates," said Dr. Patty Howell, Porter's chief medical officer at the time.
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The hospital reportedly sent approximately 5,800 letters that year to warn patients who had undergone orthopedic or spine surgery in the previous two years that they were at risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
An investigation reportedly revealed 76 cases of surgical instruments and trays contaminated with objects such as pieces of bone, cement, blood and, in one case, a dead insect. The findings extend to 2017 and the beginning of 2018, the newspaper added.