Over a year of investigation reveals three main areas of improvement
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - After more than a year of investigating, New Hampshire’s public health department says the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital revealed three main areas for improvement: regulating health care workers, preventing and detecting drug diversion and communication between hospitals and state officials.
David Kwiatkowski,a former traveling medical technician, is accused of stealing painkillers and replacing the syringes with saline tainted with his blood. Thirty-three people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with the same strain of the liver-destroying disease he carries, along with 14 in other states where he previously worked.
Among the many recommendations included in Friday’s report are calls for more regulation for technicians and more information sharing between states.
Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty, faces trial on federal drug charges in January.