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CO hospital recommends hepatitis C testing for some ICU patients, December 31, 2013

An employee at Colorado's Poudre Valley Hospital's intensive care unit suspected of stealing intravenous painkillers may have put more than 200 patients at risk of contracting hepatitis C, an infectious liver disease. The hospital sent letters Saturday to 210 patients who received intravenous painkillers in the ICU and some others who received the painkillers in connection with the ICU care team between Sept. 2, 2011, and Aug. 28, 2012, asking them to get tested immediately for hepatitis C. Hospital officials stress there have been no reported cases of patients acquiring the disease at the hospital and no evidence that any patients were harmed.