Temple hospital offers free test to 312

Posted: August 05, 2012

Temple University Hospital is contacting and offering free hepatitis C testing to 312 patients who had procedures in the Interventional Radiology Department during the three-week employment of a medical technician accused of infecting 30 patients in New Hampshire, it said Friday.

Federal prosecutors said last month that David Kwiatkowski, 32, stole and injected himself with drugs while working at Exeter Hospital in 2011, resulting in the infections due to dirty needles. It is unclear when he was infected.

He is known to have worked in at least 18 hospitals in eight states since 2003. He was fired by several, including University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, in May 2008, and Arizona Heart Hospital, where an administrator said he was found unresponsive with syringes in a locker room around April 2, 2010.

Temple said in a statement Friday that Kwiatkowski was contracted through a temp agency and worked there from April 7 to 30, 2010. His certification was confirmed before he started, and he tested negative on a required 10-panel drug screen. No evidence of inappropriate behavior has been found, the statement said, and no one has reported infection with the hepatitis C virus. - Don Sapatkin

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