hepatitis c http://nhpr.org en Proposed Law Would Create Registry For Medical Technicians http://nhpr.org/post/proposed-law-would-create-registry-medical-technicians <p>Medical technicians would have to register with the state under a <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB0658.html" target="_blank">bill </a>passed Wednesday by the New Hampshire House. The measure was prompted by an outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital, where an employee reused needles on patients resulting in 32 infections. The employee had been accused of drug diversion at similar hospitals but continued to gain employment.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:17:34 +0000 Todd Bookman 42656 at http://nhpr.org Proposed Law Would Create Registry For Medical Technicians House Bill Calls For New Drug Testing Rules At N.H. Hospitals http://nhpr.org/post/house-bill-calls-new-drug-testing-rules-nh-hospitals <p>The New Hampshire House has passed a drug testing bill inspired by the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill, approved 289 to 48 by the House on Wednesday, would require hospitals to set up policies to prevent misuse of drugs by employees to maintain their licenses. It would also require they test employees for drugs if there was a reasonable suspicion of drug use.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 42381 at http://nhpr.org Efforts Underway To Prevent Hepatitis C Outbreaks http://nhpr.org/post/efforts-underway-prevent-hepatitis-c-outbreaks <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The criminal case of a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes is pushing individual hospitals, state lawmakers and federal officials to close the loopholes he exploited.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:59:18 +0000 Associated Press 39893 at http://nhpr.org Efforts Underway To Prevent Hepatitis C Outbreaks Kwiatkowski Sentenced To 39 Years In Prison http://nhpr.org/post/kwiatkowski-sentenced-39-years-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a year and a half after an outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital first emerged, a traveling medical technician has been sentenced to nearly four decades in federal prison.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David </span>Kwiatkowski<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, his hair trimmed short, looked heavier than at his last court appearance in August, when he pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:10:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 39163 at http://nhpr.org Kwiatkowski Sentenced To 39 Years In Prison New Treatment May Wipe Out Hepatitis-C http://nhpr.org/post/new-treatment-may-wipe-out-hepatitis-c <p></p><p>Although new cases of Hepatitis-C have drastically decreased in the United States since peaking in the 1980’s, the blood-borne disease which primarily attacks and destroys the liver, kills more Americans annually than AIDS.</p><p><strong>Andrew Pollack </strong>covers business and biotechnology for the <em>New York Times</em>. We read his article “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/health/hepatitis-c-a-silent-killer-meets-its-match.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Hepatitis-C, a Silent Killer, Meets Its Match</a>,” in which Pollack describes a new series of treatments about to enter the market that could effectively do the impossible: wipe out Hep C.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:18:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39126 at http://nhpr.org New Treatment May Wipe Out Hepatitis-C Former Hospital Worker Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term http://nhpr.org/post/former-hospital-worker-agrees-30-40-year-prison-term <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>David Kwiatkowski entered the federal courtroom in shackles, wearing a Strafford County Department of Corrections jumpsuit. The 34-year defendant looked heavier than last July, when he was arrested on 14 federal charges, including tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.</p><p>When asked by the judge why he changed his plea, the clean shaven Kwiatkowski said, “Because I’m guilty.”</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:30:01 +0000 Todd Bookman 33187 at http://nhpr.org Former Hospital Worker Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term Suspect In Hepatitis C Outbreak Changes Plea, Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term http://nhpr.org/post/suspect-hepatitis-c-outbreak-changes-plea-agrees-30-40-year-prison-term <p>A former hospital employee charged with spreading Hepatitis C in New Hampshire and seven other states is pleading guilty to federal charges. &nbsp;</p><p>34-year old David Kwiatkowski was arrested last July for stealing syringes filled with fentanyl, a powerful pain medication. Officials say he would inject himself and then reuse the needles on patients inside Exeter Hospital, infecting at least 32 people with Hepatitis C.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:55:57 +0000 Todd Bookman 33103 at http://nhpr.org State Announces 'Secondary Case' In Hepatitis C Outbreak http://nhpr.org/post/state-announces-secondary-case-hepatitis-c-outbreak <p>State public health officials say another person has tested positive for Hepatitis C stemming from last year’s outbreak at Exeter Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p>That brings the total number to 33.</p><p>A former hospital employee was arrested last July in connection with the spread of the virus inside the cardiac catheterization lab. Prosecutors say David Kwiatkowski&nbsp;reused syringes on patients after injecting himself with powerful pain killers.</p><p>Dr. Jose Montero, the state’s public health director, says it appears this latest case, though, is from sexual contact.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:08:05 +0000 Todd Bookman 28989 at http://nhpr.org Hepatitis C Outbreak Prompts Legislation http://nhpr.org/post/hepatitis-c-outbreak-prompts-legislation <p></p><p>State lawmakers are working on a measure to create a Registry Board for Medical Technicians. The action comes in the wake of last summer’s outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital that left 32 patients infected.</p><p>David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, allegedly injected himself with painkillers before reusing syringes on patients, transmitting the Hepatitis C virus.</p><p>Representative Tim Copeland is proposing a bill to create an oversight board for all med techs in the state.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:44:29 +0000 Todd Bookman 22417 at http://nhpr.org Kwiatkowski Pleads Not Guilty In Hep C Case http://nhpr.org/post/kwiatkowski-pleads-not-guilty-hep-c-case <p></p><p>The former Exeter Hospital employee at the center of a Hepatitis C outbreak pleaded ‘not-guilty’ in Federal court today.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:39:22 +0000 Todd Bookman 17845 at http://nhpr.org Prosecutor: Still More Work To Do In Hep C Case http://nhpr.org/post/prosecutor-still-more-work-do-hep-c-case <p></p><p>Federal prosecutors say it could take a year or more before a trial in the Hepatitis C outbreak case begins. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted 33-year old David Kwiatkowski&nbsp;on 14 charges, including tampering with a consumer product.</p><p>The former Exeter Hospital employee is accused of stealing syringes of a powerful pain medication, injecting himself, and then reusing the needles on patients.</p><p>U.S. Attorney John Kacavas&nbsp;says the FBI and members of law enforcement continue to investigate the case.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:32:37 +0000 Todd Bookman 17671 at http://nhpr.org Indictment Arrives For Hepatitis C Suspect http://nhpr.org/post/indictment-arrives-hepatitis-c-suspect <p></p><p>A former hospital employee at the center of a Hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire is facing new federal charges.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:24:45 +0000 Todd Bookman 17630 at http://nhpr.org Patient Privacy Versus Public Health In Court Hearing http://nhpr.org/post/patient-privacy-versus-public-health-court-hearing <p></p><p>A judge heard arguments today in a case involving patient medical records at Exeter Hospital. At issue is just how much access the state needs to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis C.</p><p>Back in August, Exeter Hospital filed a protective order arguing the state’s broad request for patient records violates both state and federal privacy laws.</p><p>In Merrimack Superior court, lawyers for the State countered, saying they have a duty to investigate exactly what happened inside the hospital, and that means they need complete access.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:52:37 +0000 Todd Bookman 15010 at http://nhpr.org Patient Privacy Versus Public Health In Court Hearing Exeter Hospital Calls State Request a 'Government Overreach' http://nhpr.org/post/exeter-hospital-calls-state-request-government-overreach <p></p><p>In a press conference at Exeter Hospital today, lawyers called the state’s request for broad access to medical records a government overreach. The state continues to investigate the Hepatitis C outbreak.</p><p>In August, Exeter Hospital filed a protective order in Merrimack Superior Court. It’s seeking to block the state’s request for broad access to patient medical records.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:21:16 +0000 Todd Bookman 14131 at http://nhpr.org Exeter Hospital Calls State Request a 'Government Overreach' State Officials Push For Medical Records Release Following Exeter Hospital Outbreak http://nhpr.org/post/state-officials-push-medical-records-release-following-exeter-hospital-outbreak <p></p><p>State officials investigating the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital continue pressing for access to patient medical records.</p><p>In August, the hospital went to court seeking a protective order, arguing that the Division of Public Health Services’ broad request for records violates both state and federal privacy laws.</p><p>Today, the state filed its response in Merrimack Superior Court. It says that healthcare providers are required to share information during a public health investigation.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 21:25:36 +0000 Todd Bookman 14027 at http://nhpr.org