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Friday, December 13, 2013

12/13/13: Health News: Food Poisoning in Hawaii, Hospital Prices Soar, Medical Technician Guilty of Spreading Hepatitis C

Dozens of children in Waipahu, Hawaii are sick in an apparent case of food poisoning. About 40 students at Waipahu Elementary School became ill on Tuesday starting after lunch at about 1:15 pm. They were treated on campus by emergency medical services personnel and transported to area hospitals for further evaluation. Some were in serious condition... Continue Reading

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500
With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. On a quiet Saturday in May, nurses in blue scrubs quickly ushered the two patients into treatment rooms. The wounds were cleaned, numbed and mended in under an hour. “It was great — they had good DVDs, the staff couldn’t have been nicer,” said Emer Duffy, Orla’s mother. Then the bills arrived. Ms. Singh’s three stitches cost $2,229.11. Orla’s forehead was sealed with a dab of skin glue for $1,696.continue reading

Medical Technician Sentenced in Hepatitis C Outbreak
A medical technician was sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting at least 45 hospital patients with hepatitis C by contaminating their syringes. The technician, David M. Kwiatkowski, 34, pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal charges, including tampering with a consumer product and obtaining controlled substances through fraud. Prosecutors said that while he was working as a traveling medical technician in several states, including New Hampshire, Kansas and Maryland, Mr. Kwiatkowski injected himself with syringes of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, then filled them with saline and put them back into circulation for patients continue reading

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