Skip to comments.Hepatitis C 'Serial Infector' Could Have Spread Disease to Thousands
Posted on 07/28/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT by verum ago
The New Hampshire hospital lab technician indicted last week for infecting 31 people with Hepatitis C might have infected "tens of thousands" of patients in at least 13 hospitals, ABC News has learned.
David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, had allegedly been stealing the Fentanyl syringes intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with another liquid-like saline, according to a statement from the United States Attorney's Office in New Hampshire.
Since Kwiatkowski tested positive for Hepatitis C in June 2010, he passed it on to the hospital patients who were injected with his used, saline-filled syringes, according to the affidavit.
"If he knew that he was infected and he put those needles back on the shelf, that is the definition of evil," Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, told Good Morning America. "Anyone who was in those hospitals when he was working there is potentially at risk. We're talking tens of thousands of people."
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I think they should give this guy hard labor until his liver fails, no transplant.
He worked at:
— Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan, January to September 2007;
— Saint Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, New York, November 2007 to February 2008;
— UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, March 2008 to May 2008;
— Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, May 2008 to November 2008;
— Southern Maryland Hospital, Clinton, Maryland, December 2008 to February 2009;
— Maryvale Hospital, Phoenix, March to June 2009;
— Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, July 2009 to January 2010;
— Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, January 2010 to March 2010;
— Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix, March 2010 to April 2010;
— Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, April 2010;
— Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas, May 2010 to September 2010;
— Houston Medical Center, Warner Robins, Georgia, October 2010 to March 2011.
— Exeter Hospital, Exeter, New Hampshire, April 2011 to July 2012.
Somebody get a rope...
Liver failure quite common.
Hepatitis involves severe fevers, shakes, urine turning brown, stools turning cream colored, vomiting and severe jaundice. Hell yes he knew he was infected! They need to burn his ass alive and shoot what's left!
He has done immeasurable harm both to the medical profession and the patients that depend on it for their care.
Just call him, “Typhoid Mary”. He should get the *summary lead cure* for that Hep-C problem... No, make that blowtorch & pliers...
What gives with all the short term employment? Employers letting this guy go for cause and not passing on any info to the next employer????
I would note he worked at VAH Baltimore. But not StL where they had so much trouble with Hepatitis C in the dental lab.
I would suggest to any military person that went through the gauntlet of jet injection for immunization should be checked for Hep-C.
Good advice !
I'm from that era, have Hep-C, no transfusions, just dental and the gauntlet while I was in, always wondered it wasn't related, even at the time it seemed like a great way to spread blood borne diseases.
Skin him alive a quarter inch strip at a time.
Finally she was told she was over it and now a year or so later you would never know how bad it was, she is cured!
Just another 0bamaCare death panel trooper.
Maybe 0bama will give him an ignobel piece prize.
This guy is 100 times more dangerous than James Holmes. Maybe we should ban syringes or lab techs.
Just kidding. Obviously, evil exists and it is difficult to stop. You have to exterminate evil where ever it exists. Think “Lord of the Rings” and Orcs. These people are Orcs. They need to be found and exterminated as rapidly as possible, with prejudice.
And yet PC ties our hands and we have to be compassionate, etc.
I still can’t fathom how anyone can be this evil without Satan’s direct influence. I just can’t. Simple revenge just doesn’t explain it.
Didn’t anyone set suspicious of his extremely spotty employment history?
Traveling nurses are not that uncommon. They work in one city a few weeks, then move on to another. They work under contract and they often get a fairly good paycheck:
Trial, proof of action, execution.
traveling “nurses” are not lab technicians......
Lab techs would not have access to the fetanyl. So somethings weird about this story.
God Bless you. You are tougher than I am.
No, he was a traveling lab technician. I wonder if that system will be reevaluated after this story.
This guy is just like the Aurora shooter. He deserves the death penalty.
There are few professions, or job types where someone could work in that many different locations for such short periods of time. Most employers wouldn’t touch someone with so many different positions in so short a time.
There must really be a shortage of people doing his category of lab technician work.
From his ‘work’ history - I’d venture a guess hospitals were catching on to the guy - then giving him the boot and a reference to the next job.
I go to a VA hospital for some things and was having some routine blood work back in April. The doctor told me that the VA was recommending that vets be checked for Hepatitis and did I mind being tested. I thought it was really odd, but didn't object and all tests came back negative.
This and some other stories of problems at VA and other hospitals make those Hepatitis tests seem more understandable.
I have a similar friend, she was a nurse at Walter Reed, got it from a needle stick, and a medical retirement from the military when she came up positive. When it started to go acute they did the chemo, Interferon, her life was hell for a year, but she’s virus free and back to her old self.
The treatments are improving, and I’ve been discussing it with my Dr. My numbers are always good, but it can’t be doing nothing, and I’m a carrier.
My friend with Hep C never had any symptoms, it was found during a routine blood test. I pray for the best for you, it was awful to watch my friend go through it.
I was thinking about a Hep C vaccine but there might be one coming within several years. I known two people with it, one had to go through chemo for it but I haven’t seen him for 6 years and don’t know if he is fully cured and a different person got it so bad that he couldn’t even drive anymore and he died two years ago. A friend’s dad had hepatitis and eventually died as well.
I know sometime when the Hep C vaccine comes out, I would like to get a year or two after it comes out and go ahead and do A & B as well.
“Lab techs would not have access to the fetanyl. So somethings weird about this story.”
Agreed. This story doesn’t make sense. This is a drug that’s counted every shift by an on-coming and off-going RN, and has to be signed for when being re-stocked by pharmacy. How the heck would a “lab tech” get access to it?
Please, can we suspend the ban on cruel and unusual punishment for this guy?
My 30-year-old son has hep C. He just had a liver biopsy last week and the doctor told him he doesn’t need the interferon/ribavirin yet since he’s only stage 1 as far as inflammation. It could be 10 years before he needs treatment and hopefully by then they’ll have something that isn’t so horrendous to go through.
Many hospital pharmacies use techs to help the licensed pharmacist fill prescriptions. He would have access.
A 3 month contract is very common for traveling health care workers. It would not arouse suspicion
“Many hospital pharmacies use techs to help the licensed pharmacist fill prescriptions. He would have access.
A 3 month contract is very common for traveling health care workers. It would not arouse suspicion”
Then he would have been a pharmacy tech and not a lab tech, and as an RN, I’ve done traveling nursing so I know about the contracts. A “Lab tech” wouldn’t have access, so it’s bad journalism or something else going on. I think we need to call them out when they try to pass off this kind of bad reporting.
I agree. You are right. As a lab tech he should not have had the easy access. That’s why I am thinking bad journalism.
Punish him however you want, fine by me, but he’s not an Aurora kook, he’s a drug abuser and he was seeking a fix and found his fix—which is why he was on the move so much. He didn’t care who he hurt, but that is not the same as intentional mass murder.