July 24, 2009

Patient No. 11 speaks out in hepatitis C case

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One of the patients infected with hepatitis C by a dirty needle at Rose Medical Center in Colorado gives a compelling account of what it was like to discover a hospital employee had put patients at risk because of her own drug habit. Patient No. 11 spoke to the Denver Post’s Michael Booth.

The employee, who was using operating room needles to inject herself with the painkiller fentanyl, then replacing the needles where they could be reused, was indicted this week on 42 counts of product tampering and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit. So far nineteen people appear to have contracted hepatitis C from the dirty needles. The employee has already been charged with three criminal counts related to stealing the pharmaceutical narcotic.  Felisa Cadrona of the Denver Post has that story.

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