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Hospital Roundup—Denver hospital suspends surgeries over infection concerns; Mercy heads to the cloud

April 13, 2018 / Matt Kuhrt

Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver suspended all surgeries after discovering infections among “a number of patients” who underwent orthopedic or spine procedures between July 21, 2016 and April 5, 2018. An investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment turned up issues with the way the hospital cleaned instruments after surgery. In a statement, the hospital attributed residue left on the tools after cleaning to a potential issue with the quality of the hospital’s water supply. Neither the hospital nor the state agency issued any information on the number of patients infected during the period in question.