August 20, 2013

Traveling Medic with HepatitisC Infects Patients in the United States

blogger_HCVIn an act of negligence and callousness, a former Hepatitis C lab technician from a New Hampshire hospital reportedly infected patients with hepatitis c. He will plead guilty for the crime. The path of infection involved the employee's dirty syringes left behind for reuse with hospital patients. He admitted to stealing painkillers to inject himself. David Kwiatkowski, 33, admitted that he was aware of his poor health and that he had Hepatitis C. He affirmed his guilty plea to 14 criminal counts and to infecting patients ranging from 40 to 80 years of age.

Kwiatkowski was arrested last year in July and court documents showed that he told that his casual approach to the use of needles could kill many people by infecting them with hepatitis c.

The most recent infection  in the United States of America occurred in Exeter hospital NH in 2012, the accused stole syringes of Fentanyl, a potent pain medicine. Employees of the hospital used the same needles that Kwiatkowski used without knowing that they had been used.

Multi-state Infections

Court documents showed that Mr. Kwiatkowski was not only involved in fifty infections in Exeter, but he also swapped syringes approximately twenty times at a Kansas hospital and thirty times from a Georgia hospital.

The charges set before Mr. Kwiatkowski suggest sentencing periods will be from 30-40 years. He has admitted his guilt to seven counts of fraudulently acquiring controlled substances according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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