N.H. (AP) — Medical technicians are now required to register and
hospitals will have to test employees if drug use is suspected, under
two state laws signed Wednesday by Gov. Maggie Hassan in response to a traveling technician who stole drugs and infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C.
Rep. Tom Sherman, who’s also a doctor, was a co-sponsor of the bills in response to the case of David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.
is still no nationwide database of misconduct or disciplinary actions
against technicians, as there is for physicians. New Hampshire has taken
the lead in monitoring the technicians. While some states require
certain technicians to be licensed, four of the states where Kwiatkowski
worked, including New Hampshire, do not license any of them.