- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - In a story Feb. 3 about some Swedish Medical Center patients being asked to get tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date that the state was notified about the possible infection of patients. The state was notified on Saturday, Jan. 23, not Jan. 30.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Patients urged to get tests after possible drug theft

Swedish Medical Center asking patients to be tested for hepatitis after possible drug theft

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Swedish Medical Center is asking about 2,900 people who underwent surgery there to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV because a former surgical technician may have stolen pain medication.

Both the hospital and the state health department said Wednesday they’re not aware of any patients becoming infected so far.

The state was notified of the issue on Jan. 23. Only patients who had surgery between Aug. 17 and Jan. 22 in the location where the technician worked are being asked to get the free tests.

In 2010, a surgery technician at two other Colorado hospitals, Kristen Parker, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for infecting up to three dozen patients with hepatitis C. She injected herself with pain medication with syringes and left behind the dirty needles to be used on patients.

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