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Work-related injuries for exposure to dangerous chemicals

Work-related injuries happen to all sorts of employees at all types of jobs in all types of industries. The medical field is probably the most dangerous industry out there, with approximately 45% of all workplace injuries in the U.S. occurring in the healthcare sector, according to Medical News Today. Most of the accidents that occur affect nurses, nurses' aides, and orderlies; however, there is another very dangerous position employed by hospitals: housekeeping.

Local physician charged with indecent assault and harassment

A local physician, Raja Chakrapini, was charged with indecent assault and harassment after two of his female patients accused him of inappropriately touching them. Allegheny County police warned that there may be other victims after filing charges on Tuesday.

Baltimore Sun reports Maryland Man was infected by David Kwiatkowski in 2008

According to an article in the Baltime Sun yesterday, a 65-year-old Baltimore man was infected with hepatitis C by David Kwiatkowki in 2008. It is believed that this victim is the first person in Maryland to come forward with UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Baltimore Sun: Patient sues over hepatitis C exposure

As reported in the Baltimore Sun today in an article titled Patient sues over hepatitis C exposure, a Kansas woman, represented by Attorney William Caroselli and Lynne Johnson is suing UPMC, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Inc., and Medical Solutions LLC.  The lawsuit says that inaction by UPMC and Maxim has led to multiple instances of illicit behavior by Mr. Kwiatkowski, including the contamination of syringes used by the accused hospital technician.  By not taking immediate action and reporting the illicit behavior, UPMC and Maxim had enabled David Kwiatkowski to seek employment at multiple hospitals in as many as seven different states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Arizona and Pennsylvania.  In addition, Medical Solutions' failure to perform a thorough background or monitor his on the job performance allowed David Kwiatkowski to continue working at various hospitals across the country and put potentially thousands of patients at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, a viral disease known to cause chronic liver and health problems.

Arrest of Med Tech with Hepititis C shows flaws in health care system in Pittsburgh

In 2008, radiology technician David Kwiatkowski was a few weeks into a temporary job at the UPMC Presbyterian when a co-worker accused him of lifting a syringe containing an addictive painkiller from an operating room and sticking it down his pants.  A drug test showed that he had fentanyl and other opiates in his system and more syringes were found in his pockets and locker.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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