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Medical Malpractice Suit Names Denver Facility

A medical malpractice suit filed against a Denver, Colorado, hospital holds it responsible for the negligent actions of an employee who reportedly caused thousands of patients to be infected with hepatitis C.

The suit charges that in January 2009 scrub technician Kristen Parker substituted a tainted needle for a syringe of Fetanyl, a surgical pain reliever, prepared by an anesthesiologist at Rose Medical Center, according to media reports. The syringe was to be used on a woman undergoing surgery.

Parker is now serving a 30-year prison sentence for repeatedly stealing syringes of Fetanyl and replacing them with used saline-filled syringes. In so doing, the reports say, she caused thousands of patients to contract hepatitis C. This suit is the first from any of the infected patients, according to the reports.

The attorney for plaintiff Antoinette Fleisher says that Rose Medical Center is responsible for her injuries, as she was on its premises when she contracted the disease. The suit contains a complaint under which the medical center could be held responsible for the negligent actions of an employee and alleges medical negligence on the part of anesthesiologist Dr. Shawn Roth.

“Rose knew or should have known that the public could suffer foreseeable harm if its employees, agents, independent contractors and/or servants, including Kristen Parker, failed to perform their assigned duties in a safe, skillful, and competent manner,” the suit contends.

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