NH hospitals learn from hepatitis C outbreak

October 26, 2012 • Business

Kevin Dillon of the Mayo Clinic, speaks during a conference organized by the New Hampshire Hospital Association, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in Concord, N.H. Experts from two hospitals that have dealt with drug diversion and hepatitis C are sharing the lessons they learned with peers in New Hampshire, where a former Exeter Hospital worker is accused of stealing drugs and infecting more than 30 people with the liver-destroying disease. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials hoping to learn from the kind of drug diversion debacle facing Exeter Hospital got some detailed advice Thursday from out-of-state hospitals that have weathered similar incidents.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association invited officials from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., to share how they responded to drug diversion problems at their facilities.

In Minnesota, a nurse at a Mayo hospital in Mankato was accused in 2008 of stealing the powerful painkiller fentanyl and replacing it with syringes of saline solution, depriving surgical patients of their medication. In Denver, a former surgical technician is Login to read more

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