"We notified the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and they conducted a site visit on April 5".
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV from the breach is "unknown, but is considered low".
The suspension comes one day after the hospital sent notices to orthopedic surgery patients warning of a potential risk for infection from improperly cleaned surgical equipment.
Porter Adventist Hospital is notifying people who had spine or orthopedic surgery there between July 21, 2016, and February 20 of this year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says in a statement.
In a statement, the Colorado health department claimed that patients who have undergone orthopedic and spine surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado are at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has amended its statement regarding the investigation of patient risk of surgical infections.
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He said the hospital notified the CDPHE of the breach on February 21, and that the department did an inspection of the hospital's infection control practices the next day.
"We want to assure patients that our team immediately acted to remedy the situation".
Because the investigation is ongoing, he said, the hospital voluntarily canceled most surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
The hospital revised its infection control practices and received a green light from regulators on March 28.
Wolk said the hospital mailed letters to patients who had surgery during the affected timeframe on Wednesday, adding the hospital had established a hotline for patient questions.
A failed system for sterilizing surgical equipment at Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver wasn't discovered by the hospital itself.