KUSA – The now-former surgical technician who is accused of switching syringes at Swedish Hospital has left Colorado, according to 9NEWS sources.
Rocky Allen, 28, has been registered to practice as a surgical technologist in Colorado since 2015.
This comes after roughly 2,900 people who had surgery at the hospital over the past five months learned that they needed to be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
According to state records, on Jan. 22, 2016, Allen allegedly removed a syringe from the top of a work space and replaced the syringe with another syringe. The syringe was on a container of Fentanyl. Fentanyl is used as part of anesthesia to help prevent pain after surgery or other medical procedures and is extremely addictive.
Swedish could not confirm the contents of the replacement syringe, citing the ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.
After this switch was discovered, authorities tested Allen and found he tested positive for Fentanyl and marijuana.
Swedish is contacting patients that hospital officials believe could have been exposed to the diseases. All of those patients had surgery at the hospital between Aug. 17, 2015 and Jan. 22, 2016.