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Man sues Dean Health System after allegedly contracting Hepatitis from educator

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A diabetic patient is suing Madison's Dean Health System, saying he got Hepatitis "C" from a nurse educator who was showing to how give himself insulin.

55-year-old Keith Steffen is believed to be the first patient to go to court, after Dean Health officials said last year that the nurse might have exposed 2,300 patients to hepatitis or HIV.

The lawsuit said Stacey Anderson used a demonstration pen and a finger stick device on Steffen -- but the needles were not changed after it was used on each patient. And the lawsuit said Steffen got Hepatitis "C" as a direct result of that.

The state Board of Nursing is scheduled to consider disciplining Anderson Thursday. She and Dean Health have not commented on the new lawsuit.

His lawyer said Steffen is paying $80,000 a year for his hepatitis drugs -- and he's not tolerating them well. Attorney Dan Rottier said Steffen was forced to file the lawsuit to get his medical bills paid.

Dean Health has tested over 1,500 patients since announcing the incident. Another 700 did not have direct contact with the devices, and were found not to need testing.