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Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2012

For Exeter Hospital, a 116-year-old institution with 2,000 healthcare workers, he adds, "this has been a painful way to learn that lesson."

For outsiders, the spiraling saga began May 31, when hospital officials acknowledged that four patients cared for in Exeter's cardiac catheterization lab were found to be infected with a hepatitis C viral strain that could only have come from one person.

Infection control practice lapses were ruled out.

On June 13, Montero told reporters that the likely culprit is an unnamed hospital employee who diverted, for personal use, quantities of unnamed drugs intended for patients.

According to media reports, criminal charges are likely.

Lookback procedures were launched to see how many patients might have been at risk of being infected, resulting in a count of an estimated 1,200 people treated in the cath lab as far back as October 1, 2010. All were advised to undergo testing at the hospital's expense. So far, another 17 individuals have been found infected with the same strain, for a total of 21.

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Chris (6/9/2013 at 1:35 PM)
Hello, first thank you for taking the time to address this issue. If you have the data, will you please share with me how the Exeter Hospital CaLT actually diverted Rx medications without getting caught prior to the Hep C outbreak? There had to be blood or body fluid transfer into the patients for that strain to enter there bodies. With numbers like 27 confirmed and 17 did not confirm to be of the same strain of Hep C it sure looks like there is missing information from the data. Thus, How would this guy have done what it is claimed he did without a co- conspirater of the accusation simply being wrong?