Nurse Allegedly Used Same Needle on Herself Before Injecting Patients

A Washington state emergency room nurse suspected of stealing narcotics and exposing patients to Hepatitis C at Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital is under arrest and has been booked into jail. The nurse was arrested Thursday night, according to KOMO.

At least two patients at the hospital were infected with the disease, and officials say they believe the nurse was using a portion of patients’ narcotics for her own use and then injecting those patients with the same needle.

The nurse, who officials say also has Hepatitis C, was identified after an investigation found that she was removing higher-than-normal amounts of narcotics from the emergency department’s dispensing system. Puyallup police have recommended that Pierce County prosecutors charge the nurse, 31-year-old Cora Weberg, with second-degree assault.

The hospital is now testing 2,600 former patients who received injections of narcotic, antihistamines or sedatives at the emergency department while the nurse was on duty between August 4, 2017, and March 23, 2018.

Her attorney Bryan Hershman told the paper she denies infecting the patients and insists she didn’t use needles on patients that she had used on herself.

Source: Nurse charged after allegedly exposing patients to Hep C with needles she used for drugs – CBS News

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