Hospital Technician David Kwiatkowski Set to Plead Guilty in Hepatitis C Outbreak

When I read about people doing things like this in societies where a strong adherence to best practices is maintained, I can’t help wondering what goes on in our hospitals where virtually anything goes.

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David Kwiatkowski, a hospital technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C using tainted needles, will plead guilty in exchange for a prison term of up to 40 years.


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David Kwiatkowski will plead guilty to stealing painkillers and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes.

 

CONCORD, N.H. — A traveling hospital technician accused of infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted needles told investigators he had been stealing drugs for more than a decade and was “killing a lot of people,” according to a plea agreement filed Monday.

David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline tainted with his blood. The plea would send him to prison for up to 40 years.

Kwiatkowski is accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in Exeter Hospital.

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Kwiatkowski is accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in Exeter Hospital.

Thirty-two patients in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with the strain of hepatitis C carried by Kwiatkowski, who worked at 18 hospitals in seven states . There have been seven cases in Maryland, six in Kansas and one in Pennsylvania.

Linda Ficken, of Andover, Kan., among those Kwiatkowski is accused of infecting, said she’s glad he pleaded guilty but wishes the sentence were longer.

“It should’ve been life, since he gave us potentially a death sentence,” she said.

Culled from nydailynews.com

 

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