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Lawsuit filed against health-staffing agency over Hepatitis C outbreak

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

lawsuit was filed on Sunday against Nebraska-based Triage Staffing Inc., a health-staffing company, over a Hepatitis C outbreak.  One of the thirty people who are believed to have contracted the disease from one of the company’s traveling employees is alleging that the company was negligent in the hiring, employing, and supervising of the medical technician.

On June 14th, one month after the hire of the technician by Exeter hospital in New Hampshire, a patient who received a cardiac catheterization contracted hepatitis C.  The technician was charged last week with stealing anesthetic drugs, injecting himself, and thereby contaminating the syringes to be used on patients.  He was fired by Exeter Hospital after the outbreak.

The Triage employee was sent to hospitals across the country for temporary jobs and prosecutors say that the man has worked in at least six states since 2007.  Michigan, Maryland, Kansas, and New York are the four states who have confirmed the man’s employment.  

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