2 Arizona hospitals offer blood tests after former employee linked to drug theft

Two hospitals in Arizona are now offering blood tests to patients after a former employee was linked to drug theft at Englewood, Colo.-based Swedish Medical Center.

Swedish Medical Center discovered the employee, a surgical technician, stealing a syringe of fentanyl on Jan. 22. The employee, who was promptly fired, is now under federal investigation, and the hospital is offering blood tests for hepatitis B and C and HIV to nearly 3,000 patients who underwent surgery while the technician was employed.

Now, two Arizona hospitals are offering blood tests to their patients, as both hospitals used to employ the surgical technician. Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale employed the person from May 16, 2014, through July 2, 2014, according to 9News, and HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix employed the person between July 2014 and September 2014, AZCentral reported.

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