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Hospital Technician Spreads Hepatitis To Patients

At least 24 medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed after a hospital technician allegedly infected them with the viral disease hepatitis C. The technician, David Kwiatkowski, is a Fentanyl addict who injected himself with the powerful painkiller before reusing the syringes on patients. It's possible that Kwiatkowski, 33, infected as many as 1,100 patients with hepatitis C.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating Kwiatkowski's actions. The suspect is currently in a drug treatment program, but will be criminally charged when he is released. Meanwhile, his former employer faces a barrage of medical malpractice suits.

The hospital that employed Kwiatkowski denies responsibility and commented that it drug tested him when he was hired. However, colleagues reported that he displayed strange behavior consistent with someone struggling from drug addiction. Purportedly, Kwiatkowski even often reported for work on his days off, demonstrating a desperate need to access and inject Fentanyl.

As painkiller addiction continues to grip Ohio, it's scary to think that hospital staff could themselves be under the influence of medication while caring for patients. If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical negligence, contact an experienced Ohio hospital errors lawyer.

Source: The Legal Examiner, "Traveling Hospital Technician Accused Of Being A 'Serial Infector'," Amber Scott, July 24, 2012

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