Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital resumes surgeries after cleaning problem

The state health department says Porter Adventist will offer limited surgeries after making some changes recommended by the department.

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Surgeries are resuming at a Denver hospital a week after it shut down its operating room because of problems with the cleaning of its surgical instruments.

The state health department says Porter Adventist Hospital will offer limited surgeries starting Thursday after making some changes recommended by the department.

In a statement, Colorado’s chief medical officer, Larry Wolk, said that number of patients who had surgeries there since July 21, 2016 had surgical site infections but didn’t specify how many. He says it’s not known whether the infections were linked to the condition of the instruments and that it may never be determined.

The department is still investigating and expects to release a report on its findings in early summer.