A recent scandal has befallen a hospital in Washington after a nurse supposedly exposed a huge number of patients to the hepatitis C virus. Moreover, the police suspected that the woman was also stealing narcotics. They caught her while she was trying to cross the border, but the scandal is far from over.
The woman might have exposed ER patients to hepatitis C
Cora Weberg was an ER nurse at the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. The hospital officials suspected her of stealing a big quantity of narcotics, as well as exposing 2,600 patients to hepatitis C. Soon after she received the accusations, she tried to flee to Canada, but the police caught her just in time and put her under arrest.
The whole thing started when the hospital administration discovered two of Weberg’s patients had contracted hepatitis C. When they came to the emergency room, they weren’t infected with the virus, and Weberg was the one who administered them some pain medication.
After making some investigations, they discovered the nurse might have given them a combination of hydromorphone and fentanyl. They also performed some tests on the strain of hepatitis C, and discovered it had the same origin in both patients. As a result, they suspended Weberg’s license until they solve the issue.
Her lawyer claims she is innocent and that the hospital cannot prove its accusations
The investigations continued and revealed Weberg also tested positive for hepatitis C. Afterwards, she admitted to stealing injectable narcotics. However, the woman’s lawyer started a heated debate to protect his client. There is no evidence that Weberg actually stung the patients with infected needles.
Therefore, he argues that they could have got the virus from a different source. Also, he says there is no clear evidence that she has the virus either. The hospital officials are still performing tests on patients who received injectable treatments from Weberg. Also, the woman is no longer under arrest, but her trial is ongoing until everything is settled.
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