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July 2012 Archives

Doctors wrongly prescribe drug to mother in labor

There have been many multi-million dollar verdicts across the country (including Pennsylvania) due to children suffering birth injuries children while their mother was in labor. Too often, medical staff has been negligent in delivery of the child, and such negligence resulted in the child being oxygen deprived while in the process of being delivered.

Demolition of trailer park may have led to asbestos exposure

An unusual situation has been taking place in a Pennsylvania community that may have resulted in misplaced families being exposed to asbestos. Such asbestos-related exposure can sometimes occur when decisions are made to demolish areas without making a proper determination as to whether asbestos was even present.

Hepatitis C 'Serial Infector' Could Have Spread Disease to Thousands

David Kwiatkowski was allegedly using syringes containing Fentanyl intended for patients leading to the spread of Hepatitis C.  He was injecting the drug into his own arm then refilling the syringes with saline to give to patients.

UPMC sets up call center for people who believe they were infected with Hepatitis C

Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that "UPMC sets up call center in hepatitis C case." The article provides information for patients infected with hepatitis C and includes a phone number to their call center. The call center has been established in response to the actions taken by a former hospital technician employed at UPMC Presbyterian in 2008. The employee, Mr. David Kwiatkowski, has been accused of infecting patients at UPMC Presbyterian with hepatitis C after knowingly replacing and refilling infected syringes. Mr. Kwiatkowski may be facing similar accusations while working at hospitals and healthcare facilities in Kansas, New York, Michigan, Maryland and New Hampshire.

'Serial infector' Fired from Arizona Hospital, Left Suicide Note in Massachusetts Hotel

When found unresponsive in a locker room with empty needles and syringes, former med tech, David Kwiatkowski, was fired.  He is said to have infected at least 30 patients with Hepatitis C at other hospitals, investigations are being started.

UPMC contacts patients who may have been infected by David Kwiatkoski

According to today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, UPMC Presbyterian is in the process of contacting patients who may have been infected with hepatitis C due to actions taken by Mr. David Kwiatkowski, a former employee accused of serial infections. Mr. Kwiatkowski was a hospital technician at UPMC Presbyterian in 2008 and, according to the report, was charged with fraudulently obtaining drugs, tampering with consumer products and infecting as many as 30 patients with hepatitis C. Mr. Kwiatkowski has allegedly tested positive for hepatitis C and is accused of using syringes on himself, refilling infected syringes and circulating them for general use at the hospitals where he worked. Mr. Kwiatkowski may be facing similar accusations in Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Kansas. The detailed article issued by the Post-Gazette is titled "hepatitis C."

Courthouse News Reports Class Wants Justice Over Hep C Technician

A class action filed in Federal Court in Omaha claims that despite David Kwiatkowski's questionable employment history, a staffing agency hired the roaming hospital technician who is suspected of exposing an untold number of hospital patients to hepatitis C by reusing syringes after injecting himself with drugs.  Finally arrested in New Hampshire a week ago, Kwiatkowski is suspected of stealing syringes filled with fentanyl from Exeter Hospital, injecting himself, refilling the syringes with something else and replacing them.

One Pennsylvania County sees rise in medical malpractice claims

One particular county in Pennsylvania has seen a rise in medical malpractice claims. There are a variety of theories as to why this one particular county has been seeing more such claims. Some suggest that it's the result of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that discourages patients from choosing what county to file their claim, and others suggest the rise is because of a greater variety of maladies being treated in that particular county.

David Kwiatkowski, Suspect In Hepatitis C Outbreak, Was Fired In Arizona

Hospitals are scrambling to see what patients could have possibly been infected with Hepatitis C because of former med tech David Kwiatkowski. Kwiatkowski was fired from the Arizona Heart Hospital after being found in a locker room with empty needles and syringes.

Technician Accused of Infecting Patients with Hep C Worked at Maryland Hospitals

David Kwiatkowski, accused of infecting patients with Hepatitis C in as many as eight states, worked at four different Maryland hospitals before being accused.

Two DUIs in one day leads to fatal accident

Fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs has become all too common. A recent fatal crash killing a bicyclist in Pennsylvania differs only in that it was the second accident the driver of the car striking the pedestrian was involved in during the same evening, and in both crashes the individual had been driving under the influence of a mood altering substance.

Hepatitis Outbreak in New Hampshire Strikes Fear in 7 Other States

David Kwiatkowski, former med tech, was arrested and charged with obtaining controlled substances and tampering with a consumer product. At least eight states are wanting to know if and how many of their patients came in contact with Kwiatkowski due to the outbreak of Hepatitis C.

David Kwiatkowski, Suspected of Infecting Patients with Hepatitis C in New Hampshire, Also Worked at Two Arizona Hospitals

Med tech, David Kwiatkowski, accused of infecting at least 30 patients with the Hepatitis C disease worked at 2 different hospitals in Arizona in 2009 to 2010. He was arrested July 19 and being charged with tampering with a consumer product and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Statutes of Limitations: How much time do you have to file your lawsuit?

Most civil lawsuits have a set period of time under which a person can bring a claim. If, for example, someone is injured in a car accident, he or she can only bring a claim in the two years that follow the date the injury occurred.

Medical technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C worked at UPMC

In an Associated Press article issued today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania Department of Health officials stated that a hospital technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C worked in state hospitals. The accused technician, Mr. David Kwiatkowski, spent time and UPMC Presbyterian in 2008 and Temple University Hospital in 2010. In the article "Medical technician accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C worked at UPMC" the AP is reporting that Mr. Kwiatkowski may have spent time at hospitals in New Hampshire, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas and New York.

Technician who spread Hepatitis C in New Hampshire worked in Pittsburgh in 2008

A hospital technician accused of "serial infections" and spreading hepatitis C in New Hampshire was also employed by UPMC in 2008, according to today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article titled "Man who spread hepatitis was here" reports that the accused technician, Mr. David Kwiatkowski, may have been employed by UPMC Presbyterian for 47 days in 2008. The newspaper points out those as many as 30 patients at UPMC Presbyterian have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C as Mr. Kwiatkowski. UPMC Presbyterian is currently under intense scrutiny for practices leading to the wrongful spread of hepatitis C among its patients and putting others at risk.

Hospital Worker may Have Exposed Valley Patients to Hepatitis C

Former med tech, David Kwiatkowski, worked at both Arizona Heart Hospital and Maryvale Hospital.  Kwiatkowski is being accused of infecting at least 30 patients at different hospitals with Hepatitis C.

David Kwiatkowski: More Charges Expected Over Hepatitis C Outbreak in NH, Possibly Md.

As they look for more victims in other states, medical technician David Kwiatkowski is being accused of infecting at least 30 people with Hepatitis C.  Kwiatkowski worked at 4 Maryland hospitals from 2008-2010.

NH Hepatitis C Outbreak: Federal Class Action Lawsuit

6,000 people are now being told to get tested for Hepatitis C.  The disease is being spread because of former medical technician David Kwiatkowski using dirty needles and syringes for patients and passing the disease on.  Former patients are filing a class-action lawsuit against Exeter Hospital where Kwiatkowski previously worked.

Employment Company Sued in Hepatitis C Outbreak at Exeter Hospital

Former Exeter Hostpital medical technician, David Kwiatkowski, was charged with federal drug crimes and being accused of spreading Hepatitis C to patients through dirty needles and syringes. Paitents are beginning to sue the hospital.

Arizona Investigating 'Serial Infector' in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Arizona is one of the states being investigated for Hepatitis C infections.  David Kwiatkowski, a former medical technician, is being accused of infecting at least 30 patients with the disease because of used needles and syringes.

A 12-year old boy dies of untreated infection

A 12-year old boy is sent home from the hospital, even though lab results show that he is suffering from a severe infection. Neither the boy's doctor nor his family is notified about the infection, and three days later the boy dies of septic shock.

Fracking may contaminate drinking water

With shale deposits being discovered in Pennsylvania and a number of other states, oil companies will likely expand on what is called fracking as a means of reaching such oil and gas reserves. Unfortunately, such practices can result in contamination to drinking water for individuals living in the regions where fracking is being used.

Technician accused in UPMC Hepatitis C Case Worked in Other States, Hospitals

Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contained an Associated Press article that highlighted the employment history of Mr. David Kwiatkowski, a travelling hospital technician accused of causing the spread of hepatitis C at various healthcare facilities throughout the country, including UPMC.  The article titled "Tech in hepatitis C case worked in Mich., Md." contains information regarding Mr. Kwiatkowski's history in Michigan, Maryland and New Hampshire. According to the AP article, Mr. Kwiatkowski had been suspected of wrongdoing regarding the willful infection of patients with hepatitis C, a disease known to cause chronic liver and health problems, while working in hospitals across six different states.

Traveling Hospital Tech, David Kwiatkowski Charged with Infecting More Than 30 Patients with Hepatitis C

Since the investigation began in late May, 31 patients have tested positive for the same strain of Hepatitis C. It is believed that medical technician, David Kwiatkowski, infected these patients with the disease.

Tech in Hepatitis C case also worked in Michigan and Maryland

Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contained an Associated Press article that highlighted the employment history of Mr. David Kwiatkowski, a travelling hospital technician accused of causing the spread of hepatitis C at various healthcare facilities throughout the country, including UPMC. The article titled "Tech in hepatitis C case worked in Mich., Md." contains information regarding Mr. Kwiatkowski's time as a hospital technician in Michigan, Maryland and New Hampshire. According to the AP article, Mr. Kwiatkowski had been suspected of wrongdoing regarding the willful infection of patients with hepatitis C, a disease known to cause chronic liver and health problems, while working in hospitals across six different states.

Baltimore VA Medical Center Hepatitis C Notifications

Former Baltimore VA employee, medical technician David Kwiatkowski was arrested for tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance.  It is believed that Kwiatkowski infected at least 30 people with Hepatitis C.

N.H. Hepatitis C Outbreak Linked To Technician Who Worked At Several Md. Hospitals

Traveling med tech, David Kwiatkowski, worked at four Maryland hospitals- Maryland General, Southern Maryland, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Johns Hopkins. Kwiatkowski is being accused of infecting at least 30 patients with Hepatitis C.

81 percent fatality rate in hospitals being called 'July effect'

When we know that we are going to be put under anesthesia and undergo surgery, we understand that we are putting our lives in the doctor's hands. We expect them to have respect for that fact, and exercise a duty of care that will keep us safe. What we don't know is that some studies show we could be more at risk for a surgical error in one month as opposed to others.

Other Hospitals Review Record of Technician who Allegedly Spread Hepatitis C

The health department has identified various hospitals that med tech David Kwiatkowski worked at from 2008-2010.  Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore V.A. Medical Center were on the list being investigated due to the outbreak of Hepatitis C.

Severe injuries result from pool chemical accident

Typically, when we consider the possibility of a pool accident, our attention is focused on the chance of a child who is unable to swim falling into the pool, or other similar accidents that could have disastrous consequences, such as drowning. Rarely do we consider the dangerous reactions that can occur when the chemicals added to pools to rid them of harmful bacteria are not used properly.

Former Employee of Exeter Hospital Arrested in Connection with Hepatitis C Outbreak

David Kwiatkowski was arrested for suspected thefts of the controlled substance Fentanyl and infecting patients with Hepatitis C from using the syringes meant for the patients.

Former Hospital Worker Accused of Transmitting Hepatitis C

Federal prosecutors announced that former med tech, David Kwiatkowski, was arrested in connection with a Hepatitis C outbreak. Kwiatkowski is accused of infecting at least 30 people with the disease.

Man Arrested In Connection With Hepatitis C Outbreak At NH Hospital

Police arrested 32-year-old David Matthew Kwiatkowski, a meidcal technician in connection with the recent Hepatitis C outbreak Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.  He was a traveling medical tech in fewer than six states before beginning work at Exeter Hospital, where at least 31 people contracted the same strain of the virus.

Automatic External Defibrillators and Business Liability

A new Pennsylvania law provides protection for businesses that place automatic external defibrillators on their premises. It also protects bystanders who rush to help someone in an emergency by performing CPR or using an AED.

Consumer Reports ranks hospital care and safety

According to a Consumer Reports' ranking of hospital safety throughout the United States, at least one Pennsylvania hospital was mentioned for its exemplary care. Lancaster General Hospital had what was called the best readmission rate of all hospitals - meaning that readmission to a hospital was not required due to doctor errors or to poor care.

Another multi-million dollar asbestos verdict

In recent years, juries in Pennsylvania and across the country have been rendering a number of million dollar verdicts in asbestos-related cases. Now a jury has recently delivered a $12 million verdict for an individual that is still alive, but is suffering from mesothelioma.

Pittsburgh area worker dies after being pinned to ceiling

A Pittsburgh area worker died at the factory where he was working. At a West Mifflin facility, the worker somehow became pinned between a lift bucket and the ceiling. The worker had apparently been unresponsive for sometime before his death was discovered.

Medication error following surgery takes woman's life

A 45-year old woman underwent successful cardiac bypass surgery. However, that evening the woman was administered anesthesia called Propofol by a nurse as a follow-up to the surgery, and the patient then died of a cardiac arrest within an hour after the medication was given.

Young girl electrocuted on miniature golf course

When individuals visit an entertainment facility, they have the right to expect the premises or property of the entertainment facility to be safe. Sadly, this was not the case for an 11-year old girl while visiting a miniature golf course. The young girl was electrocuted while wading into a pond on the miniature golf course to retrieve a ball.

Hepatitis C Outbreak at Exeter Hospital in N.H. Grows to 27 Cases, Lawsuits Follow

As the number of cases of Hepatitis C increase, the number of lawsuits are increasing as well.  59 former patients have sued Exeter Hospital, 47 of those being a class-action lawsuit.

Five More Lawsuits Filed Against Exeter Hospital in Hep C Outbreak

60 former patients filed suit against Exeter Hospital in early July and cases continue to rise. David Kwiatkowski, former med tech, is being accused of spreading Hepatitis C throughout various hospitals.

Misdiagnosis led patient to believe he was dying

A medical misdiagnosis generally prevents individuals from receiving the treatment that they need concerning a particular illness. However, such a medical misdiagnosis can mislead patients in other ways as well. Occasionally, patients are presented with a dire diagnosis and then react to that diagnosis.

Recalls have limited effect in dealing with defective products

Product recalls are not always effective in getting the product off of the market, or even making the public aware of the dangers that certain products present. There were 2,363 recalls in 2011, which is a significant increase from prior years. Unfortunately, the fact that a product is being recalled does not always alert consumers that they may possess a defective product.

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