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Hospital under investigation for infection control practices

July 26, 2012
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BOSTON — Federal prosecutors say a worker at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire caused an outbreak of hepatitis C, prompting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to investigate the hospital''s infection control procedures, according to the Boston Globe.

David Kwiatkowski, a former medical technician at Exeter, is accused of infecting at least 30 patients by "stealing a powerful anesthetic prepared for use on patients and replacing it with dirty syringes," the article stated.

According to the article, Medicare authorized state health officials to conduct a full review after inspectors responding to a complaint on June 6 found "serious deficiencies in the hospital''s infection control."

"These deficiencies have been determined to be of such a serious nature as to substantially limit your hospital''s capacity to render adequate care and prevent it from being in compliance with all the conditions for participation in Medicare for hospitals," said a letter from Medicare officials.

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