CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After spending a year investigating the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital, New Hampshire public health officials are answering questions from the public about what they found.
The state public health department is holding a community meeting at Exeter High School Monday night to discuss the 179-page report it issued on Friday.
The report concluded that Exeter Hospital failed to either safeguard controlled drugs or fully investigate complaints about David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee), the former medical technician accused of infecting 32 patients with hepatitis C after stealing painkiller syringes and replacing them with saline tainted with his blood. The hospital says much of the report is false and that it was duped by a skilled con-man.
Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges, faces a trial in January.