Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “David M. Kwiatkowski, 33, a former employee of Exeter Hospital, has been indicted for his alleged role in causing the hepatitis C outbreak that infected patients in New Hampshire as well as other states, announces United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Kwiatkowski has been charged with seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. The charges relate to suspected thefts of the controlled substance fentanyl, a powerful anesthetic used in various medical procedures. In addition to stealing fentanyl and depriving patients in his care of the intended analgesic effect of the drug, Kwiatkowski allegedly caused over 30 individuals in New Hampshire and elsewhere to become infected with hepatitis C, a bloodborne virus that can cause serious damage to the liver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C causes more deaths annually in the United States than HIV.”