Tools for addressing unsafe injection practices

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Injection safety is an essential requirement wherever health care is delivered.

Noting the basic necessity for injection safety in every U.S. health care setting, CDC has released a digital press kit on the impact of unsafe injection practices. The digital press kit includes fact sheets, an infographic, videos, and podcasts, as well as quotes from CDC experts.

In an e-mail from CDC Media Relations, the agency stated: "Since 2001, at least 150,000 U.S. patients have been negatively impacted by unsafe medical injections. When healthcare providers fail to follow basic infection control practices during injection preparation and administration, patients can be exposed to life-threatening illnesses such as hepatitis and/or bacterial infections."

Also of note, APhA has policy regarding this issue:

2008 Re-use of devices intended for “Single-Use”

APhA opposes the reuse of devices intended for “single use” in the diagnosis and treatment of patients consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

(JAPhA NS48(4):471 July/August 2008)

Further, the Immunization Center on Pharmacist.com has information on injection technique and guidelines for pharmacy-based immunization advocacy.

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