Issue with surgical instruments prompts Tampa General Hospital to cancel procedures

Tampa General Hospital has diverted some surgeries to other hospitals and canceled others this week after employees discovered a problem with surgical instruments. [Times (2008)]
Tampa General Hospital has diverted some surgeries to other hospitals and canceled others this week after employees discovered a problem with surgical instruments. [Times (2008)]
Published November 7
Updated November 8

Tampa General Hospital is rescheduling a number of elective surgeries this week over an issue that caused some discoloration in surgical instruments.

The problem surfaced during routine quality checks of surgical instruments performed prior to surgeries, according to a statement from the hospital. There, hospital staff discovered a slight discoloration on the cleaned and sterilized surgical tools. As an additional safety measure, the hospital conducted lab testing on the instruments and found no signs of infectious agents, the statement read.

No surgeries were conducted using these instruments, according to the hospital, and no patients were harmed.

The hospital is cancelling or rescheduling some elective surgeries as a result. It is unclear how many surgeries at this time. Delays in getting sterile instruments have cancelled some surgeries at Tampa General, but hospital staff anticipate to be back on schedule by Monday.

As the only Level 1 trauma center in the region and one of the busiest transplant centers in Florida, Tampa General remains equipped to perform emergency and transplant surgical cases at the time, as well as some continued elective surgeries.

Contact Justine Griffin at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

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