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(Fox News)   Surgery Tech with Hepatitis C steals syringes filled with painkiller, replaces them with used ones. 6,000 people possibly infected   (foxnews.com) divider line 233
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2009-07-09 03:54:45 PM  
wage0048:
Cut slab of bacon into strips.

More like this (I'm old fashioned, apparently)


sboyle1020:
Well, I actually buy bacon and cut it myself. I like it a bit thicker than what comes in the store bought packages. So in my case a sharp knife is needed.


Some day I hope to be a bacon connoisseur like you two.

Berz:
The knife is used to stop people from eating YOUR bacon.


This is my favorite answer.
 
2009-07-09 03:55:21 PM  
Feet first into a newspaper printing press.

/not like the newsies are using them
 
2009-07-09 03:55:24 PM  
6000 more killed in the war on drugs.
 
2009-07-09 03:55:49 PM  
The same woman from Sleeping Monkey's picture above.

extras.mnginteractive.com

Photos lie.
 
2009-07-09 03:56:28 PM  
b9.ac-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2009-07-09 03:57:27 PM  
hej: The story is a bit light on details, so maybe I'm missing something here. How did she get people to inject patients with used needles? I thought items which were supposed to be sterile were kept sealed until use. Perhaps somebody 'in the field' can clarify for me.

I'm thinking that she did it herself. She'd pull the painkiller syringes off the prep tray and swap them with the saline-filled ones she'd already used. Then she'd administer them during the procedure, or just walk away.

Perhaps she was injecting at work to cut that loop time down. She's obviously not careful about her needle use, since she's got Hepatitis C already, but who knows.
 
2009-07-09 03:57:51 PM  
Lookit the syringes on that hosehound!
 
2009-07-09 03:59:19 PM  
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and

i158.photobucket.com
 
2009-07-09 04:00:22 PM  
elzod: Better article here (new window)

"And 5,700 patients who might have been injected with saline solution in her used syringes instead of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl had no idea of the potential danger."

Thanks - confirmed my thought that it was fentanyl.
 
2009-07-09 04:01:10 PM  
elzod: Better article here (new window)

Wow that was much better and really did answer a lot of the questions posed in this thread. What a f*cking waste... another junkie ruining lives.

Also, she has some tigole bittays.
 
2009-07-09 04:01:57 PM  
Witchydiva: BTW - did anyone notice this linked story?

Um, yes. I'm glad the docs could reattach his penis, but since it was savagely sawed off, it's probably an inch shorter now :(
 
2009-07-09 04:03:25 PM  
Gordian Cipher: pinual: My 6 year old nephew is getting tested tomorrow so I am not getting a kick out of your replies...

/worried
//so are his doctors

I've never heard of a class action against an individual before, but maybe you should look into it.

/hope your nephew's ok


Please learn that class actions RARELY get victims any money, and generally only serve to enrich the lawyers that take on such a case.

6,000 counts of 1st degree murder should be more appropriate.
 
2009-07-09 04:03:43 PM  
Not An Alt: itsneat: /how is that profit driven healthcare treating you?
//hope the victims of that twisted skank are okay.

Man, just wait until the socialists take over! The profit-driven system is the best in the world! People fly in from all over Europe, Canada, and Asia just to get into hospitals and clinics like these because the quality of care is so much better!


Jesus wouldn't dump little old ladies out on the street because they can't pay.

/Jesus may have been a socialist
//sorry to interrupt discussion about that skank
 
2009-07-09 04:05:36 PM  
UtileDysfunktion - She was shooting herself up with the painkiller-filled syringes prepared for patients, then refilling the then empty syringes with saline solution and replacing them.

Wait, so in addition to leaving dirty needles for the patients, she was leaving them filled with saline solution when what these people needed was pain medicine?!?!

Holy shait, she's just been "upgraded" to a lower circle of Hell. Makes the crime in "The Third Man" pale by comparison.

/Movie based on a Graham Green story.
//Put it in your Netflix queue.
 
2009-07-09 04:09:53 PM  
Rubberband Girl: UtileDysfunktion - She was shooting herself up with the painkiller-filled syringes prepared for patients, then refilling the then empty syringes with saline solution and replacing them.

Wait, so in addition to leaving dirty needles for the patients, she was leaving them filled with saline solution when what these people needed was pain medicine?!?!

Holy shait, she's just been "upgraded" to a lower circle of Hell. Makes the crime in "The Third Man" pale by comparison.

/Movie based on a Graham Green story.
//Put it in your Netflix queue.


Yeah, I was all >:o about that, too. Luckily, the better article addressed that point as well:

"Rose's Dr. Lefkowits said it's possible patients who received saline instead of Fentanyl were in more pain than they should have been after surgery, but only for a short period. Nurses check a patient's pain level every 15 minutes and would have administered another dose of painkiller if a patient still had pain."

What a...I can't even think of a colorful insult right now. So I'll just use a word I stole from heap:

wowcakes.
 
2009-07-09 04:10:54 PM  
What kind of evil, vengeful man could do something so horrible to people they didn't even know? What kind of cold, calculating guy could think of this and have it on his conscience?

the arrest of a surgery technician accused of swapping out her dirty syringes for ones filled with painkiller meant for patients.

oh, it was a chick. Makes more sense now.
 
2009-07-09 04:11:17 PM  
I'm against, for a variety of reasons, a government killing its own citizens, but there comes a time when the likely maximum possible contribution a person can make to society is grossly outweighed by the destruction the person has caused. This approaches a crime against humanity.

Lock her up forever, no possibility of parole. Don't throw away the key--we're going to need it to get in and begin human testing for Hep C cures, along with any other drug needing human testing. She doesn't get to say no. Her life should now, by mandate of the people, be completely devoted to trying to mitigate the damage she's caused.
 
2009-07-09 04:11:29 PM  
Another tech was arrested after stealing 6000 tongue depressors. Talk about being down in the mouth...
 
2009-07-09 04:11:57 PM  
I spoke to a woman this morning who was in the hospital getting surgery when this 'psycho biatch' was working there. The woman is afraid to go find out if she is infected. Needless to say that she is pretty pissed-off.
 
2009-07-09 04:13:14 PM  
Imagine if this had happened in France or Canada!
 
2009-07-09 04:13:43 PM  
wage0048 - The penalty:

1 syringe filled with a culture of the Ebola virus
3 syringes contaminated with MRSA
4 syringes of sodium pentathol
1 syringe with a lethal dose of heroin
91 syringes filled with saline.

Put all 100 syringes in identical boxes, shuffle them around so that no one knows which syringe is contained in a given box. The offender is required to select one syringe daily until they die. If they refuse to select one, the jailer administers one at random.



There's something elegant and just in this plan. No country, no legal system will ever go with it, but there's nothing wrong with fantasizing and awful end for such an awful, sorry excuse for a human being.

I'm also wondering why it took so long - really, six THOUSAND patients? - for someone to figure out something was wrong. Since the pain meds were being replaced with saline solution, you'd think a nurse or a doctor would've noticed a pattern of the needle contents NOT working before they got to 6,000.
 
2009-07-09 04:16:57 PM  
Wow what a biatch. I say throw her in a mental institution instead of prison or death. She obviously has deep psychological problems and prison won't help her get any better.
 
2009-07-09 04:17:50 PM  
big_pth: Time to die biatch.

Yup, this coont should be killed. Slowly.
 
2009-07-09 04:18:16 PM  
Turn her over to the most honorable Judge Fang.
/don't forget the KFC
//skullgun
 
2009-07-09 04:18:39 PM  
Another compelling example of why legalizing all substances (excepting antibiotics and their ilk) is necessary. Let these idiots imbibe what they will. Only laws impacting use should be limited to taking down those whose use gets in the way of someone else (then mandatory 10yrs).

Examine closely: A single dose of heroin costs approx. six cents to manufacture. How much is going to be spent cleaning up this mess and dealing with all the lawsuits and future medical care?

If we subsidized the manufacture of the real deal and let her buy it OTC, the only cost entailed would be in hauling her frothy mouthed corpse from between some toliet and wall.
 
2009-07-09 04:19:01 PM  
Rubberband Girl: I'm also wondering why it took so long - really, six THOUSAND patients? - for someone to figure out something was wrong. Since the pain meds were being replaced with saline solution, you'd think a nurse or a doctor would've noticed a pattern of the needle contents NOT working before they got to 6,000.

That is just the total number of patients that went through surgery, etc at the hospital during the period. They are telling everyone to get tested as a precaution. Does not mean everyone was exposed.
 
2009-07-09 04:20:01 PM  
This would never have happened if McCain were president...
 
2009-07-09 04:23:30 PM  
if it was up to me, she deserved the death penalty
 
2009-07-09 04:23:45 PM  
Lock her up, give her assault charges, and murder charges if/when someone dies, for each case.
Maybe give her an option to reduce her sentence by 1/3 if she agrees to testing dangerous possible cures.

I'm sure she had no intention of giving Hep C to the patients, but she certainly knew she was depriving them of painkillers. As such, she knew her action was doing others harm.
 
2009-07-09 04:24:33 PM  
Better Off Dead: I spoke to a woman this morning who was in the hospital getting surgery when this 'psycho biatch' was working there. The woman is afraid to go find out if she is infected. Needless to say that she is pretty pissed-off.

She should get tested immediately. The sooner they catch it, the better her chances of a successful treatment for it.

There are no symptoms, until one day several years from now, you just collapse from liver failure.
 
2009-07-09 04:25:29 PM  
Xenu's Giant Pink Replicock: Is that an area that opposes or promotes giving free needles to drug users?

The problem is clean needle exchange programs don't give out needles full of morphine. Pretty sure she was not concerned with sterility.
 
2009-07-09 04:25:51 PM  
EsteeFlwrPot: Wow what a biatch. I say throw her in a mental institution instead of prison or death. She obviously has deep psychological problems and prison won't help her get any better.

I don't really think there's a better to get. Assume, for the sake of argument, someone waved a magic wand and she was suddenly a mentally/emotionally healthy and paid-up member of humanity. She suddenly feels an unthinkable amount of remorse.

She, and we, would still be left with the question of what to do with her, of how to apply some sort of justice that makes sense and still manages to address the magnitude of her crime.
 
2009-07-09 04:27:48 PM  
Crazy Lee: Let these idiots imbibe what they will. Only laws impacting use should be limited to taking down those whose use gets in the way of someone else (then mandatory 10yrs).

This opens up a whole new area of possible assaults as well. Just saying.

que.guero: This would never have happened if McCain were president...

She'd already have her presidential "Medal of Recycling".

EsteeFlwrPot: Wow what a biatch. I say throw her in a mental institution instead of prison or death. She obviously has deep psychological problems and prison won't help her get any better.

She's a junkie with a below average intelligence (for a junkie).
The best an institution will do is help her off her addiction, but it won't stop her from being so mind-numbingly negligent.
Though it would be fine as long as nobody dies.
 
2009-07-09 04:28:32 PM  
TommyymmoT: There are no symptoms, until one day several years from now, you just collapse from liver failure.

Alcoholism without the booze. How depressing would that be.
 
2009-07-09 04:29:12 PM  
palelizard: EsteeFlwrPot: Wow what a biatch. I say throw her in a mental institution instead of prison or death. She obviously has deep psychological problems and prison won't help her get any better.

I don't really think there's a better to get. Assume, for the sake of argument, someone waved a magic wand and she was suddenly a mentally/emotionally healthy and paid-up member of humanity. She suddenly feels an unthinkable amount of remorse.

She, and we, would still be left with the question of what to do with her, of how to apply some sort of justice that makes sense and still manages to address the magnitude of her crime.


You have a good point. I guess jail time would be appropriate but either way she should still get some professional help.
 
2009-07-09 04:29:18 PM  
pinual: My 6 year old nephew is getting tested tomorrow so I am not getting a kick out of your replies...

/worried
//so are his doctors


Prayers for you guys.
 
2009-07-09 04:29:19 PM  
Hopefully the congress critters pass tort reform before those diseased freeloaders try to cash in.
 
2009-07-09 04:29:39 PM  
My 6 year old nephew is getting tested tomorrow so I am not getting a kick out of your replies...


Good luck to him.
 
2009-07-09 04:29:55 PM  
She belongs in Hell with these people.

Link
 
2009-07-09 04:31:30 PM  
palelizard:She, and we, would still be left with the question of what to do with her, of how to apply some sort of justice that makes sense and still manages to address the magnitude of her crime.

As long as nobody dies, she should have to write a 3 page apology letter to each of the victims explaining why she farked up.
While serving whatever (reasonable) sentence she has, and apart from other requirements.
 
2009-07-09 04:33:53 PM  
Wow, exactly 6,000 that's a nice even number.
 
2009-07-09 04:34:20 PM  
6000 people? That must have been going on for a very very long time.

How is it that nobody in the hospital noticed that she was high in all that time?

It's amazing that you have to be regularly drug tested to be a janitor in an office building, but not a surgery, or pharmacy tech in a hospital.
 
2009-07-09 04:35:57 PM  
pinual: My 6 year old nephew is getting tested tomorrow so I am not getting a kick out of your replies...

/worried
//so are his doctors


Best of luck and this rotten biatch should get face cancer.
 
2009-07-09 04:36:25 PM  
Oh, come on, people. Who hasn't craved the opiate rush of a spike in the arm during a long stretch at work? I know I have. I mean, it's like arson. Everybody wants to burn down a great public building at some point in their lives, you know? Cut her some slack, we've all been there.
 
2009-07-09 04:36:44 PM  
From the much better artcile linked by elzod:

For starters, Parker wasn't involved in some of the surgeries linked to the hepatitis C cases, said Ned Calonge, the state's chief medical officer. And authorities didn't know she had swapped syringes containing Fentanyl with her dirty ones until she confessed during a state health department interview in late June, he said.

She was fired in April, so there's about two months where patients could've been walking around with Hep C and getting sicker all the time. Here's how they caught her...

Rose Medical Center fired Parker on April 22, after she tested positive for narcotics. She was tested because a co-worker found her in an operating room to which she was not assigned.

If everything in the article is accurate, then the employees of the hospital she used to work for did everything right. She's just a sneaky scum bag.

/I SO want to rip that lip ring out of her face.
 
2009-07-09 04:39:04 PM  
eraser8: Rat Helmet.

No...No...NOOOOOOOO!! Anything but Room 101!!! PLEASE NOT ROOM 101!!!!!ELEVENTY11ONE!!!!!BBQ
*confesses everything*
 
2009-07-09 04:39:14 PM  
Remember kids, no matter what you do as long as you accept jesus into your heart and repent for your sins you get to go to heaven

/god had a plan when he infected those thousands of people
 
2009-07-09 04:40:13 PM  
Rubberband Girl:
I'm also wondering why it took so long - really, six THOUSAND patients? - for someone to figure out something was wrong. Since the pain meds were being replaced with saline solution, you'd think a nurse or a doctor would've noticed a pattern of the needle contents NOT working before they got to 6,000.


The placebo effect is incredibly powerful. I saw a speech by an expert in the neurobiology and psychology of the placebo effect who was himself a burn victim who has had 75% of his skin replaced after a fire attest to it (as well as elucidate as to how the placebo effect might function in the brain, etc.)
 
2009-07-09 04:40:35 PM  
cowgirl toffee: She belongs in Hell with these people.

Seems like more of an institutional problem than individual negligence.
 
2009-07-09 04:41:52 PM  
flyingmonkeysreign: Remember kids, no matter what you do as long as you accept jesus into your heart and repent for your sins you get to go to heaven

/god had a plan when he infected those thousands of people


Note to self: DO NOT share needles with Jesus.
 
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