Hepatitis C case found at 2nd Colorado hospital
DENVER (AP) — A patient infected with hepatitis C has been found at a second Colorado hospital that employed a surgery technician accused of swapping her dirty syringes for ones filled with painkillers meant for patients.
State health officials said Friday a patient at Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs may have contracted the blood-borne liver disease from 26-year-old Kristen Diane Parker.
Prosecutors have already linked 19 hepatitis C cases found at Rose Medical Center to Parker.
She faces multiple charges of tampering and obtaining a controlled substance. Officials say she stole syringes filled with painkillers, then replaced them with dirty ones filled with saline.
Parker also worked at hospitals in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Houston.