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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.

A class action lawsuit with 5 plaintiffs and an individual lawsuit both named Triage Staffing as the only defendant.  The class action states that Triage Staffing "employs and places health care workers known as "travelers."

The suit alleges that Triage hired Kwiatkowski in 2011 and placed him at Exeter in New Hampshire, despite his questionable record.

CNN reported that Triage had placed Kwiatkowski at a long list of hospitals, including Oakwood Hospital in Trenton, Mich.; Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center; the Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Md.; Johns Hopkins; Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore; Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan.; and the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Ga.

The class action lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent supervision and negligent entrustment.  To read the full story click here: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/07/26/48733.htm

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