DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- A former hospital employee may have exposed
hundreds, or even thousands, of surgical patients to hepatitis C after
taking their fentanyl injections and replacing them with used syringes
filled with saline solution, authorities say.
Kristen Diane Parker, who worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver, has
admitted to secretly injecting herself in a bathroom and using unclean
syringes as replacements for patients, investigators say.
She had hepatitis C, which she believes she contracted through using
heroin and sharing dirty needles while she lived in New Jersey in 2008,
She was a surgical technician at Rose from October 2008 to April 2009.
Nine patients who had surgery there during that time have tested positive
for hepatitis C. Investigators are looking into whether they contracted
the virus from Parker.
Parker is in federal custody facing three drug-related charges. If she is
found to have done serious harm to a patient, she could face up to 20
years in prison. If a patient dies due to her actions, she could face life
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