Police probe disease exposure at hospital

October 7, 2009 10:53:18 AM PDT
Police have begun an investigation into the actions of a nurse at a South Florida hospital who may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis. Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale say the hospital discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing catheter tubing and saline bags during cardiac chemical stress tests, potentially exposing 1,851 patients to diseases from January 2004 to early September.

She was suspended on Sept. 8 and resigned the next day. A telephone message left for Lan's attorney was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

Fort Lauderdale police say they are now investigating any potential crimes, including criminal negligence.

The hospital says patients should get tested but the risk is low.

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