“I’ve learned not to trust everyone who wears hospital scrubs and a hospital ID,” said Nelson, who has yet to show symptoms.
The veterans hospital was the 10th of 19 hospitals where Kwiatkowski worked. Officials there are not saying whether, prior to hiring Kwiatkowski, they had made a call to his previous employer to check on his past performance.
If they had asked — and received an honest answer — they would have been told by UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh that Kwiatkowski just weeks before had been caught swiping a fentanyl syringe, and had tried to conceal that theft by putting in its place an old syringe rigged to look new.
Patricia Wen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.