STRATHAM, N.H. (August 10, 2012)--The New Hampshire Health Department is opening its first clinic to test people for hepatitis C after an outbreak at Exeter Hospital, which a new report cites 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 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.