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Former Hospital Worker Infected with Hepatits C Caught Swapping Clean Needles with Used Ones

A former worker at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, may have infected hundreds with the Hepatitis C virus. The worker, Kristen Diane Parker, was swiping injections of fentanyl from the hospital and injecting herself with the drug in the bathroom. Parker would then fill the used, unclean syringes with saline solution and put them back where she found them so that no one would know.

Parker knew that she had Hepatitis C and had previously been counseled on how to limit her exposure to patients. Parker believes she contracted the virus through using heroin and sharing dirty needles.

Parker quit when she was found in an operating room when she was not supposed to be there. She subsequently tested positive for fentanyl and hospital officials contacted the FDA. So far, 9 patients who had surgery at Rose Medical Center during that time have tested positive for Hepatitis C and the hospital is contacting 4,700 other patients who also had surgery there at that time.

Parker is currently in federal custody and is facing three drug related charges. If she is found to have done serious harm to one of the patients, she could face up to 20 years in prison. If any of the patients die as a result of her behavior, she could face life in prison.

For more information, see the article from the CNN website at:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/03/hospital.employee.arrest/index.html?eref=rss_health

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