Surgical Tech Who Infected 36 With Hepatitis C Pleads Guilty

January 18, 2010

The Associated Press is reporting today that surgical technician Kristen Diane Parker, who has been charged with switching used syringes for those filled with the painkiller fentanyl while working at two different healthcare facilities in Colorado, has pleaded guilty. As many as 36 patients have contracted hepatis C and many others may have been exposed to the virus via the contaminated syringes.

The Associated Press is reporting today that surgical technician Kristen Diane Parker, who has been charged with switching used syringes for those filled with the painkiller fentanyl while working at two different healthcare facilities in Colorado, has pleaded guilty. As many as 36 patients have contracted hepatis C and many others may have been exposed to the virus via the contaminated syringes.

Authorities say she is expected to receive a sentence of 20 years in prison. At a hearing, Parker described for prosecutors how she evaded a hospital's drug screening process and began stealing drugs as she coped with a heroin addiction. To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.