Hospital technician may have exposed thousands to hepatitis to inject narcotics

By EscapeDummy · Jul 3, 2009 · Updated Jul 8, 2009 · ·
  1. EscapeDummy
    [h1]Scrub tech may have exposed thousands to hepatitis[/h1]
    Thu Jul 2, 11:58 pm ET

    DENVER – A former surgery technician may have exposed thousands of Colorado patients to hepatitis when she swapped her own dirty syringes for ones filled with a powerful narcotic, federal authorities said Thursday.
    Kristen Diane Parker faces criminal charges for allegedly making the swaps while working at Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado Springs and Rose Medical Center in Denver.

    Authorities say Parker admitted to changing out syringes containing a saline solution with ones filled with the painkiller Fentanyl. Parker injected herself with the drug, according to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

    An affidavit by Mary F. LaFrance, an investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says at least nine surgery patients at Rose have tested positive for hepatitis C, which is incurable. About 6,000 patients are being advised they may have been exposed and need to be tested.

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease that can cause serious liver problems, including cirrhosis or liver cancer. The illness is treatable, but there is no cure. Symptoms can include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, pain and jaundice. Rose Medical Center officials told a news conference Thursday night they were working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to determine whether Parker was the source of the virus. It could not be determined Thursday night whether Parker had an attorney.

    Parker worked at Rose from Oct. 21, 2008, until April. Hospital officials say she was suspended April 13, before they learned of the cases, and then fired. She had failed a drug test by testing positive for Fentanyl.
    Parker went to work for the Audubon surgery center shortly after being fired. She worked there from May 4 until Monday, Dr. J. Michael Hall, Audubon's medical director, told The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

    If convicted of tampering with a consumer product and other charges, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine on the most serious charge of tampering.

    By The Associated Press
    Thu Jul 2, 2009

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  1. bubbly nubs
    Woah now this is fucking sick. This woman is evil and deserves a lot worse punishment than she faces.
  2. EscapeDummy
    Yeah, its fucking atrocious dude. I can't believe a 10-year penalty is the max punishment here.
  3. DietBlonde
    I was a patient at Rose Medical only one time last September. I didn't see or have to deal with this nurse. I was going to have some blood work done and a lipid test, but the doctor was more fixated on giving me a testicular cancer screening. The doctor was a chick about my age. She kept hounding me about it, and even left a voice mail imploring me to come back in to get one done. I think she just really wanted to see my nuts. Maybe blow me. Ha! (yeah right...)

    I went to this chick's myspace...what a dumbass. White trash 26 year old who looks like a mall goth and has a fetish for needles. Geh.
  4. chillinwill
    Thanks for this interesting article EscapeDummy.

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