NH Judge Orders Exeter Hospital to Make Patient Records Accessible to Health Officials In Hepatitis

A Merrimack County (NH) judge has ordered Exeter Hospital to provide broad access to the hospital records related to this year’s hepatitis C outbreak. A former worker, David Kwiatkowski, has been charged with stealing drugs from the hospital’s cardiac catheterization unit and replacing them with tainted syringes later used on patients. Thirty-two patients have been found to have the strain of the liver-destroying virus the worker carries.
This latest ruling should help New Hampshire health officials determine what happened at the hospital that led to the hepatitis C outbreak.