Seattle Hospital Warns Ex-Employee May Have Exposed Over 1,300 Patients to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C

Exterior view of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.
Exterior view of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.

Seattle’s Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is asking more than 1300 patients to test for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, after discovering that a former employee may have switched syringes at the facility.

The notification stems from a case in Colorado, where 28-year-old surgical tech Rocky Allen is charged in federal court with switching and stealing syringes with fentanyl.

Court documents say Allen worked at Northwest Hospital in early 2012 and at the Naval hospital in Bremerton from 2007 to 2011.

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Langeler