About David Kwiatkowski
December 02. 2013 11:48AM
DAVID M. KWIATKOWSKI
NUMBER OF STATES WHERE HE WORKED AT MULTIPLE HOSPITALS
BETWEEN 2003-2012: 8
WHEN DID KWIATKOWSKI LEARN HE HAD HEPATITIS C: 2010
NUMBER OF PATIENTS HE IS KNOWN TO HAVE INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS C: At least 45 (No way to determine precise number of those he exposed to virus)
WHERE WERE THESE PATIENTS INFECTED:
VA Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. In 2008: 1
Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2009: 6
Hays Medical Center in Kansas in 2010: 6
Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH in 2011-2012: 32
HOW MANY RESULTED IN DEATHS: 1 known fatality (Kansas)
WHICH CASES DID KWIATKOWSKI PLEAD GUILTY TO ON AUG. 14: Seven of the NH cases; the fatal Kansas case
NUMBER OF PATIENTS CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDED NEED TO BE TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C BECAUSE OF KWIATKOWSKI'S ACTIONS: More than 12,000
HOW MANY EXETER HOSPITAL PATIENTS TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C? 3,753
HOW MUCH DID STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEND RESPONDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS KWIATKOWSKI CAUSED IN NH: $384,000
WHEN DID KWIATKOWSKI BEGIN STEALING NARCOTIC PAIN KILLERS INTENDED FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS FOR HIS OWN USE: He admitted he began diverting drugs in 2002 when he and a co-worker stole vials of morphine from a Michigan emergency room.
WHAT IS HEPATITIS C? A viral, blood-borne illness most efficiently transmitted through contact with infected blood. It is potentially fatal. It is most commonly transmitted through needle-sharing by users of injectable drugs. It is occasionally spread sexually or through sharing personal items contaminated with infected blood (e.g. toothbrush). There currently is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.
A small percentage of those who become infected with the disease are able to "clear" the infection.
Most (85 %) develop chronic Hepatitis C. It can lead to chronic liver disease. There currently is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.
Sources: U.S. v. David M. Kwiatkowski, Sentencing Memorandum by Government and Defendant; NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services' Public Report on Hepatitis C Outbreak Investigation at Exeter Hospital (June 2013).