Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver Colorado is facing a lawsuit after a lack of sanitation is suspected of causing multiple infections and one death.
In 2018, Porter Adventist Hospital sent out over 5,000 letters informing patients involved in orthopedic and spinal surgeries that they could have contracted Hepatitis B, C, or HIV. According to FOX News, these infections could have occurred as far back as 2015.
A lawsuit against the hospital is being filed by 67 patients and 20 spouses. The lack of sanitation is believed to cause over a hundred infections along with one death.
An investigation found 76 instances of contaminated instruments.
If someone contracts a preventable infection after surgery, they are able to sue both the doctor and the hospital. This kind of infections can result from the doctor using unsanitary equipment or the room itself being unsanitary.
In order to have a case, there must be proof both of negligence and also that the infection would not have happened if not for said negligence.
Medical malpractice can include negligence before or during childbirth, misdiagnosis, surgery or anesthesia errors, or medication errors.
The British Medical Journal estimates that 210,000-400,000 deaths each year are associated with medical errors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical errors cause more deaths each year than unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
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