10th suspected hepatitis case tied to Denver surgery tech
DENVER, Colorado – State health officials say a 10th hepatitis C case has surfaced that may be linked to a hospital where a surgery technician swapped out used syringes for clean ones filled with powerful pain medication meant for patients.
Ned Calonge, chief medical director for the state health department, said the 10 hepatitis C cases involve people who had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver where 26-year-old Kristen Diane Parker previously worked.
Parker is accused of replacing the painkiller Fentanyl with saline solution and then injecting herself with the painkiller. Up to 6,000 patients may have been exposed to the blood-borne liver disease at Rose and at Colorado Springs’ Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center between October and June 29.
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