david kwiatkowski 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 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 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 New Hep C Case Has Investigators Casting Wider Net http://nhpr.org/post/new-hep-c-case-has-investigators-casting-wider-net <p>The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the confirmation of another patient infected with Hepatitis C while receiving treatment at Exeter Hospital.</p><p>This new case, confirmed by the Department of Public Health Services, brings the total number of infected up to 33. That includes David Kwiatkowski, the former hospital employee charged with stealing drugs and refilling the used syringes with saline solution. They were later reused on patients.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:15:15 +0000 Ryan Lessard 10961 at http://nhpr.org Exeter Hospital Provides an Extra Day of Hep C Testing http://nhpr.org/post/exeter-hospital-provides-extra-day-hep-c-testing <p>Exeter Hospital is expanding its testing clinics to a third day, in its effort to explore the scope of the Hepatitis C outbreak.</p><p>The hospital where the Hepatitis C outbreak began is now offering testing from seven in the morning to six at night, Monday and Tuesday, and from seven to noon on Wednesday. The state is also offering free clinics through August eighteenth.</p><p>The state declared a public&nbsp; health incident ahead of the clinics as more than three thousand people were sent letters recommending they get tested.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:14:57 +0000 Ryan Lessard 10765 at http://nhpr.org Exeter Hospital Provides an Extra Day of Hep C Testing DHHS Revises Testing Plan for Hepatitis C Outbreak http://nhpr.org/post/dhhs-revises-testing-plan-hepatitis-c-outbreak <p>The Department of Health and Human Services has<a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/08032012hepc-testing.htm"> revised its plan </a>for testing patients who were exposed to the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:07:47 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 10083 at http://nhpr.org DHHS Revises Testing Plan for Hepatitis C Outbreak Tech In Hepatitis C Case Had Worked At Johns Hopkins http://nhpr.org/post/tech-hepatitis-c-case-had-worked-johns-hopkins <p>A spokesman for The Johns Hopkins Hospital says a man accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire previously worked at the Baltimore hospital. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:15:59 +0000 Associated Press 9213 at http://nhpr.org