Bail denied for surgery tech in Colorado hepatitis C scare
DENVER, Colorado – A surgery technician accused of swapping out her dirty syringes for ones filled with a painkiller meant for patients has been denied bail after a judge ruled she’s a danger to the community.
Twenty-six-year-old Kristen Diane Parker faces charges of tampering with a consumer product, creating a counterfeit controlled substance, and obtaining a controlled substance by deception or subterfuge. She was in federal court Thursday.
Parker has tested positive for hepatitis C. She worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver from Oct. 21 to April 13 and at Colorado Springs Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center from May 4 until last week.
Up to 6,000 people may have been exposed to the blood-borne liver disease. Ten hepatitis C cases from former Rose patients have been linked to Parker.
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