To ensure patient safety, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
is temporarily suspending elective surgeries.
The hospital’s Surgical Services staff determined that some of the
surgical wraps that protect the trays of sterilized surgical instruments
appeared to be compromised. The issue was discovered prior to any surgeries
and no patients were involved.
“Our Surgical Department has been working around the clock to resolve
the issue,” said April Asbury, VP of patient services at the hospital.
“We have purchased a different sterilization unit that is expected
to be up and running by July 30. In the meantime, we do have sterilized
packs on hand for emergency trauma surgeries and cesarean sections.”
The hospital’s procedure room remains open for colonoscopies, which
use a different process for sterilization. Pain procedures are also not
impacted and continue to be scheduled in the operating room.
“The proactive decision to shut down elective surgeries is a preventive
measure,” said Dr. Karen Johnson, director of surgical services
at HRRMC. “We want to make sure we are going above and beyond the
standard of care to ensure the safety of our patients.”
The hospital is currently rescheduling any postponed elective surgeries
for next week. The hospital will divert routine surgeries to other regional
hospitals until next week. For more information, call 719-530-2217.