New report from state public health department cites lapses in Exeter Hospitalís drug diversion prevention
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new report from New Hampshire's public health department says Exeter Hospital's lapses in drug diversion prevention included a supervisor who told an employee not to report her suspicions about the medical technician accused of infecting more than 30 patients with hepatitis C.
David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing painkiller syringes and replacing them with saline tainted with his blood.
The report issued Friday follows a yearlong investigation into the outbreak. Its recommendations focus on drug diversion prevention and detection, regulating health care workers and improving communication between hospitals and state officials.
Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty, faces trial on federal drug charges in January.
Hospital officials said they would respond to the report later Friday.
State officials are holding a community meeting about the report Monday.