Dozens of people sued Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on Saturday, a year after the Colorado hospital reported that "violations" of surgical instrument sterilization procedures may have increased the risk for patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
Many of the 67 patients and 20 spouses who filed the lawsuit said that the infections they suffered led to serious pain.
"It's not about money, it's about Porter doing this to no one else," said Michael Pitcock, one of the plaintiffs who got an infection after knee replacement four years ago, to the Denver Post. "That should be avoidable."
Centura Health, which operates the hospital, did not respond to Fox News request for comment.
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The lawsuit adequately outlined the Denver Hospital's alleged missteps in cleaning the equipment, causing "hundreds of serious infections". The infections, which date back to 2015, have caused at least one death, the newspaper reported.
Already in April 2018, the hospital recognized problems with sterilization equipment. However, it has been reported that it downplayed the frequency with which the device came close to the patient. "We have not seen any impact on our totals or infection rates," Dr. Patty Howell, Porters Chief Medical Officer, Denver Post at the time.
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The hospital reportedly sent around 5,800 letters this year, warning patients who had undergone orthopedic surgery or spine surgery in the past two years that they were at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
An examination revealed 76 cases of surgical instruments and trays contaminated by objects such as pieces of bone, cement, blood and in one case a dead insect. The results spanned 2017 and early 2018, the newspaper added.