First NH testing clinic for hepatitis C opens

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 12:01 PM

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Health Department is opening its first clinic to test people for hepatitis C after an outbreak at a hospital in the state.

The move comes as a new report cites Exeter Hospital for violations, saying it failed to properly maintain supervision over narcotics.

The report by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says syringes were left unattended by nurses at the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The hospital says it has since changed its policy to place syringes in a secure location, where they will remain when medication is not being administered to patients.

Former hospital technician David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) is accused of stealing drugs from Exeter Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab and infecting 31 patients with contaminated syringes.

The testing clinics are being held in Stratham, Plaistow, Rochester and Manchester.

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203-c-12-(Kathy McCormack, AP correspondent)-"of the state"-AP correspondent Kathy McCormack reports people in New Hampshire can go to state clinics for free hepatitis C testing. (10 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *203 (08/10/12)>> 00:12 "of the state"

202-c-15-(Kathy McCormack, AP correspondent)-"for hepatitis C"-AP correspondent Kathy McCormack reports the hepatitis outbreak was at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire. (10 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *202 (08/10/12)>> 00:15 "for hepatitis C"

201-c-19-(Kathy McCormack, AP correspondent)-"he now has"-AP correspondent Kathy McCormack reports a new report from the state of New Hampshire says Exeter Hospital failed to properly maintain supervision over narcotics, leading to an outbreak of hepatitis C. (10 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *201 (08/10/12)>> 00:19 "he now has"

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