Hep C 'serial infector' sentenced to 39 years in prison

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A federal judge in New Hampshire sentenced David Kwiatkowski, the former Exeter Hospital technician, to 39 years in prison for a drug-stealing scheme that infected 45 patients across the country with hepatitis C, according to Boston.com. Prosecutors asked that Kwiatkowski receive the maximum sentence of 40 years, arguing that the traveling technician knew he carried hep C but stole syringes with the painkiller fentanyl off trays prepared for cardiac catheterization patients, injected himself, and put back the old syringes tainted with hep C, Boston.com reported. He worked for 20 hospitals in eight states, with his last job at Exeter Hospital. Last week Exeter Hospital sued Kwaitkowski and the agencies that placed him there to recoup a portion of the money it is paying out in patient settlements, FierceHealthcare previously reported. Article