EXETER, N.H. — Exeter Hospital has reached a settlement agreement with a national staffing agency that ends a lawsuit filed in connection with a 2012 hepatitis C outbreak at the facility.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2ce9zbF ) the New Hampshire hospital sought compensation from the American HealthCare Services Association for settlements it made with 188 patients who were not infected but argued they were harmed by having to get tested.

The hospital contended that AHSA didn’t properly manage Triage Staffing, which placed a drug-addicted lab technician at Exeter who was found criminally responsible for causing the outbreak.

David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. Kwiatkowski carries the hepatitis C virus.

According to a Sept. 1 filing, the settlement is expected to be concluded within 60 days.


This story has been corrected to show that the settlement was with patients who were not infected.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com