exeter hospital http://nhpr.org en Courts Still Sorting Blame In Hepatitis C Outbreak http://nhpr.org/post/courts-still-sorting-blame-hepatitis-c-outbreak <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;">Two years after a cardiac technician was accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C, a handful of patients are still suing Exeter Hospital, which is pursuing its own lawsuit seeking help covering its settlement costs.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:25:03 +0000 Associated Press 51349 at http://nhpr.org Courts Still Sorting Blame In Hepatitis C Outbreak More Lawsuits Over Hepatitis C Outbreak Settled http://nhpr.org/post/more-lawsuits-over-hepatitis-c-outbreak-settled <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;">A lawyer for Exeter Hospital says more than two-thirds of the patients who sued after a traveling medical technician infected them with hepatitis C have settled their cases.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:44:59 +0000 Associated Press 47810 at http://nhpr.org More Lawsuits Over Hepatitis C Outbreak Settled Another Instance Of Drug Diversion At Exeter Hospital, Court Documents Show http://nhpr.org/post/another-instance-drug-diversion-exeter-hospital-court-documents-show <p>It’s been nearly two years since state health officials announced a major outbreak of hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The cause of that outbreak was what's known as drug diversion – a hospital worker stealing drugs and tainting syringes later used on patients.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:13:39 +0000 Brady Carlson 47609 at http://nhpr.org Another Instance Of Drug Diversion At Exeter Hospital, Court Documents Show 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 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 Exeter Hospital Employees Treated For Scabies http://nhpr.org/post/exeter-hospital-employees-treated-scabies <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire&#39;s Exeter Hospital says 33 employees are being treated for scabies after contracting it from a patient at the hospital.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">About 300 more staff members are being treated as a precaution, but have not shown symptoms of scabies, a contagious skin condition caused by mites.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:52:25 +0000 Associated Press 36127 at http://nhpr.org Exeter Hospital Employees Treated For Scabies 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 Report Into Hepatitis C Outbreak At Exeter Hospital Says Concerns Ignored http://nhpr.org/post/report-hepatitis-c-outbreak-exeter-hospital-says-concerns-ignored <p></p><p>State public health officials today released their final report looking into the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The document provides new information into just what took place inside the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, where a former employee stands accused of stealing narcotics and returning tainted needles.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NHPR’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Todd Bookman tells All Things Considered Host Brady Carlson about the important new information in the case.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:40:36 +0000 Todd Bookman 29911 at http://nhpr.org Report Into Hepatitis C Outbreak At Exeter Hospital Says Concerns Ignored 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 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