Former ASC surgical tech sentenced to 6.5 years for stealing fentanyl, compromising patient safety: 4 key points

Rocky Allen, a former Navy medic, received a 78-month prison sentence and pled guilty to stealing fentanyl intended for patients at a Denver-based hospital, according to Q13 Fox.

Here are four key points:

1. Mr. Allen is HIV positive and the theft raised concerns that he may have infected hundreds of patients through contaminated needles.

2. He worked at various hospitals throughout the United States, with Denver-based Swedish Medical Center firing Mr. Allen in January 2016 after another employee witnessed Mr. Allen switching a fentanyl syringe for one containing saline.

3. Mr. Allen also worked at Lakewood Surgery Center (N.J.) and Naval Hospital Bremerton (Wash.), among several other facilities.

4. The facilities said they are testing patients to ensure they are safe.

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