KUSA – University of Colorado Hospital advised “less than 50 patients” to get tested for hepatitis C after an RN was caught possibly stealing pain medications from the hospital’s dialysis unit.
The nurse, indicted by a federal grand jury this week, worked for the Aurora hospital between May 13th and July 13th of this year. Kacye Unruh, 30, made her initial appearance in federal court on Friday.
According to the indictment, federal investigators believe Unruh removed vials containing Fentanyl and Dilaudid and replaced the drugs with saline solution.
Unruh was caught stealing drugs at least twice while working as a nurse in Oklahoma in 2015 and 2016, according to the indictment. In addition, the indictment states Unruh failed a drug test in April 2015 in Oklahoma.
It’s unclear if University of Colorado Hospital staff was aware of Unruh’s past when they hired her.
“We have no evidence at this time that any of our patients have been harmed by the former employee’s actions, but out of abundance of caution we contacted less than 50 patients and recommended testing for hepatitis C,” read a written statement from the hospital’s communication’s department.
“The former employee did not access non-dialysis patients or medication-dispensing machines in other areas of the hospital,” it continued.
The news comes just days before former surgical tech, Rocky Allen, is to be sentenced for stealing narcotics from Swedish Medical Center last year. Allen was fired by numerous out-of-state hospitals for stealing narcotics prior to his employment at Swedish. A 9Wants to Know investigation revealed none of his previous employers notified local police departments upon discovery of the thefts.