First NH testing clinic for hepatitis C opens
STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The first New Hampshire Health Department clinic to test people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at Exeter Hospital is opening as a new report cites the hospital for violations, saying it failed to properly maintain supervision over narcotics.
The report by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says syringes were left unattended by nurses at the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The hospital says it has now changed its policy to place syringes in a secure location, where they will remain when medication is not being administered to patients.
Meanwhile, a testing clinic is open Friday and Saturday at the Cooperative Middle School.
Former hospital technician David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing drugs from Exeter Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab and infecting 31 patients with contaminated syringes.