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    Former hospital worker accused of transmitting hepatitis C

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/justic...html?hpt=hp_t2

    Former hospital worker accused of transmitting hepatitis C
    By Julia Talanova, CNN
    updated 9:13 AM EDT, Fri July 20, 2012

    (CNN) -- A former medical technician was arrested on Thursday in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak at a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, a federal prosecutor announced.

    David Matthew Kwiatkowski, 32, is accused of infecting at least 30 people when he worked in the cardiac catheterization lab (CCL) at Exeter Hospital. He also is suspected of stealing controlled substance Fentanyl, a powerful anesthetic that is substantially more potent than morphine.

    According to an affidavit filed in federal court in New Hampshire, Kwiatkowski is charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product. He faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted....


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    Just swell he's worked in five other States.




    http://www.boston.com/news/local/new...5_more_states/

    Booting Fentanyl and returning the used needles. They said he was an extremely good cardiac tech who pulled the wool over people's eyes. I'll say.

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    FBI says serial infector a self centered habitaul liar.

    It's amazing it took so long for co-workers to know this guy was an addict. I was wondering how he was still performing medical duties at all on Fentanyl, but according to this link at least one Nurse complained he was high.

    He said he didn't due drugs and was no "shooter". A phlebotomist who drew his blood said he had fresh tracks. He said he didn't.

    Among his lies were his fiancee died, his aunt died, he played college football and other lies which are consistent IMO to typical addict behavior. People don't think a person would lie that their own aunt died when she didn't? In a heartbeat no pun intended.

    http://www.newhampshire.com/article/...WS03/120729990




    A month after investigations began a family member calledpolice to say this guy was suicidal. He had a gun. They found a syringe in his car that was marked with the word Fentanyl. There it is.

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    Wow- he should never have been ANYWHERE near fentanyl - or any other controlled substance as a tech. This speaks - at least in part - to procedural laxity on the part of the hospitals he worked at.

    The poor patients, not getting pain relief because of this chucklehead.

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    Not getting pain relief is the least of their problems, considering how many of them were infected with hepatitis C.
    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by marycarney View Post
    Wow- he should never have been ANYWHERE near fentanyl - or any other controlled substance as a tech. This speaks - at least in part - to procedural laxity on the part of the hospitals he worked at.

    The poor patients, not getting pain relief because of this chucklehead.
    When I worked at the hospital we had to account for every drop of Fentanyl dispensed. The only way, if they were keeping records, he could have gotten it would be to short patients. JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    When I worked at the hospital we had to account for every drop of Fentanyl dispensed. The only way, if they were keeping records, he could have gotten it would be to short patients. JMO
    I just read both of the other articles and that's what he was doing. So in order for him to get the Fentanyl, he had to let patients get painful procedures without any anesthetic.
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    Tech?

    Getting Fentanyl

    I do anesthesia and that should have been INCREDIBLY hard!

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    Wow,
    Although I never had contact with this "unusual person", I did have an incident in the hospital, just hours after surgery where I was in excruciating agony and it seemed that the morphine drip was nothing more than water for all it did. I had a huge tube stuck thru my back and into my kidney and I was in incredible pain and my pulse was over 130. The night nurse coldly said "I'm not waking the doctor up just because you are being a baby. Go to sleep and you won't be in pain". Then she left.

    By morning my pulse skyrocketed to 140 and my morning nurse (a different one) flew down the hall and got me a triple dose. Now I'm wondering if that night nurse took my meds cuz I was in excruciating pain which was validated by my vital signs and she was refusing to do a thing and avoided me. I just saw evil in her eyes. I still have nightmares about that happening again cuz there was nothing I could do about it. I was at her mercy.

    This guy needs to be put away forever. He has zero compassion for human life. He was willing to infect people with a disease and leave them in pain just so he could get high. Words are not enough!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampMama View Post
    Wow,
    Although I never had contact with this "unusual person", I did have an incident in the hospital, just hours after surgery where I was in excruciating agony and it seemed that the morphine drip was nothing more than water for all it did. I had a huge tube stuck thru my back and into my kidney and I was in incredible pain and my pulse was over 130. The night nurse coldly said "I'm not waking the doctor up just because you are being a baby. Go to sleep and you won't be in pain". Then she left.

    By morning my pulse skyrocketed to 140 and my morning nurse (a different one) flew down the hall and got me a triple dose. Now I'm wondering if that night nurse took my meds cuz I was in excruciating pain which was validated by my vital signs and she was refusing to do a thing and avoided me. I just saw evil in her eyes. I still have nightmares about that happening again cuz there was nothing I could do about it. I was at her mercy.

    This guy needs to be put away forever. He has zero compassion for human life. He was willing to infect people with a disease and leave them in pain just so he could get high. Words are not enough!!!!
    Wow! She may well have been giving you straight saline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    When I worked at the hospital we had to account for every drop of Fentanyl dispensed. The only way, if they were keeping records, he could have gotten it would be to short patients. JMO
    Allegedly, he was taking fentanyl filled syringes, injecting himself, and filling the syringes with saline. That's how the patients allegedly were infected with hepatitis C.
    Just my opinion

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    [[snipped from articlehttp://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2012/07/21/high_possibility_of_more_hepatitis_infections_prom pts_investigations_by_5_more_states/ ]]The question of whether medical technicians should be licensed is a valid one, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, *director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group. But, he said, the more pressing questions is, “Who was watching the Fentanyl cabinet?”
    Licensure will not weed out or stop a confident narcotic diverter and psychopath. It won't prevent this kind of person from wreaking havoc, as we have too many medical doctors, registered nurses and other licensed healthcare workers busted every year for diversion or some form of patient abuse.

    These tragedies will happen again and again until psychopaths are "prevented". I have a silly hope this will happen, not in my life time. A lot of sacred cows will need to be sacrificed before that happens.

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    This guy got around and somehow I knew Philly would have been a stop.

    He worked briefly at Temple.




    http://articles.philly.com/2012-07-2...shire-patients

    No indications yet of ilegal activity and supposedly this was before he had Hep C.

    Talk about a scare though. The news will give you a blip before it comes on and the talking head warns "Hep C outbreak extends to Philly". Had my mom at her Cardiologist yesterday and don't she ask the guy about it? I'm like "Ma I told ya it was at a different hospital. Are we in Temple? No we're not".

    Prayers for all the poor people right now waiting on results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampMama View Post
    Wow,
    Although I never had contact with this "unusual person", I did have an incident in the hospital, just hours after surgery where I was in excruciating agony and it seemed that the morphine drip was nothing more than water for all it did. I had a huge tube stuck thru my back and into my kidney and I was in incredible pain and my pulse was over 130. The night nurse coldly said "I'm not waking the doctor up just because you are being a baby. Go to sleep and you won't be in pain". Then she left.

    What a b***h. I'm so sorry that happened to you, Swamp Mama. We have to advocate for ourselves, but when you're laying there after major surgery what can you do?

    Sadly this happens all too often. Like way more than people know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteyGirl View Post
    Licensure will not weed out or stop a confident narcotic diverter and psychopath. It won't prevent this kind of person from wreaking havoc, as we have too many medical doctors, registered nurses and other licensed healthcare workers busted every year for diversion or some form of patient abuse.

    These tragedies will happen again and again until psychopaths are "prevented". I have a silly hope this will happen, not in my life time. A lot of sacred cows will need to be sacrificed before that happens.
    They keep calling him a psychopath. Can't he just be an addict? He may have at some point in life been a compassionate, caring person. Everything he did was typical addict behavior. Point blank he needed that Fentanyl and he was going to get it no matter who he infected. He needed his job obviously so he'd make up all those unbelievable, sensational lies. Addicts and their lies never cease to amaze me. Just comes out their mouth and they don't even know what they're saying.

    Good point on the "psycopath prevention". That's a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    I just read both of the other articles and that's what he was doing. So in order for him to get the Fentanyl, he had to let patients get painful procedures without any anesthetic.
    o.m.g.

    sick f.

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    He would leave the CCL during procedures, sweating profusely, and attended procedures on his off days, according to the affidavit.

    ... was red in the face and eyes and had white foam around his mouth while he was on duty ...

    [bbm]

    foaming at the mouth?!! come on people, we need to be a little more assertive when seeing something like that ...

    if I worked with someone I suspected of this and the hospital admin. was not moving fast enough for me, I'd call the cops right then & there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    They keep calling him a psychopath. Can't he just be an addict? ...
    What difference does it make as to what he is called? As for the hospitals were he worked, it appears there were a lot of red flags, yet nothing was done for years. I don't have any doubts lawsuits are going to follow.

    "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."
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/hepatitis-s...8#.UBQIfaDwGSo
    Just my opinion

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    Exeter cancels Hep C testing due to not enough time to set up.




    http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/191...sting-canceled

    Roughly 6,000 people needed to be tested and now they have to wait. The waiting is the hardest part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    What difference does it make as to what he is called?
    It makes alot of difference.

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    I feel the most for those that this 'person' stole drugs from to feed his addiction. That must have been agony for quite a few people.

    Sucks to be anyone who might have been affected, but the affects of hep c are over a long period of years. The guy that was on CNN from NH was older and considering the important life changing effects happen in the 3rd decade, he might not be around for that if he is in the small % that might develop cancer/cirrhosis.

    Also, I agree that it makes a lot of difference what he's referred to as. I don't think he is a psycho/socio path. Most definitely an addict though. His drug addiction drove him to take it, and to do so he needed the needles. Perhaps he felt he needed to put his used needles back to kick suspicion at bay.

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    He's going to plea. I don't understand legal jargon.





    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bal...,6439647.story


    Prayers for all the poor souls this man infected who are no doubt losing sleep and worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampMama View Post
    Wow,
    Although I never had contact with this "unusual person", I did have an incident in the hospital, just hours after surgery where I was in excruciating agony and it seemed that the morphine drip was nothing more than water for all it did. I had a huge tube stuck thru my back and into my kidney and I was in incredible pain and my pulse was over 130. The night nurse coldly said "I'm not waking the doctor up just because you are being a baby. Go to sleep and you won't be in pain". Then she left.

    By morning my pulse skyrocketed to 140 and my morning nurse (a different one) flew down the hall and got me a triple dose. Now I'm wondering if that night nurse took my meds cuz I was in excruciating pain which was validated by my vital signs and she was refusing to do a thing and avoided me. I just saw evil in her eyes. I still have nightmares about that happening again cuz there was nothing I could do about it. I was at her mercy.

    This guy needs to be put away forever. He has zero compassion for human life. He was willing to infect people with a disease and leave them in pain just so he could get high. Words are not enough!!!!
    I'm so sorry for what you experienced. Please know that as a patient, you are not at any nurses mercy. You have a right to pain control. If this ever happens to you again, ask for the charge nurse. If a Dr. doesn't want to be woken in the middle of the night.....he/she should have been a dermatologist. And calling you a baby???? I'm speechless! That's a form of verbal abuse. I hope after the terrible treatment you were given, you filed a complaint. Again, as an RN, I'm so sorry for how you were treated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    Allegedly, he was taking fentanyl filled syringes, injecting himself, and filling the syringes with saline. That's how the patients allegedly were infected with hepatitis C.
    There is no way he should have gotten his hands on fentanyl. Ours is locked in a dispenser that only dispenses what is ordered for a particular patient and only after scanning a licensed individuals finger print. This particular hospital must have very lax standards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaborDayRN View Post
    I'm so sorry for what you experienced. Please know that as a patient, you are not at any nurses mercy. You have a right to pain control. If this ever happens to you again, ask for the charge nurse. If a Dr. doesn't want to be woken in the middle of the night.....he/she should have been a dermatologist. And calling you a baby???? I'm speechless! That's a form of verbal abuse. I hope after the terrible treatment you were given, you filed a complaint. Again, as an RN, I'm so sorry for how you were treated.
    Thanks so much for your kind words. It mean a lot and I have so much appreciation for nurses because they are so often overworked and have such overwhelming duties. I had a home heath nurse (after a massive infection an abscess from a different surgery) who tended to me each day for weeks, took so much of her own time and she honestly saved my life when a doctor majorly screwed up and got me to another doctor. I finally found her after a decade and was able to send her a note and tell her how incredibly awesome that she was and how much I appreciated her enormous efforts on my part.
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    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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