Safe Injection Practices

PUBLISHED: Sep 28, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Clinical Lab, Critical Access Hospitals, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office, Pharmacy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new paper in the American Journal of Infection Control, One needle, one syringe, only one time? A Survey of Physician and Nurse Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices around Injection Safety, that reports 12% of physicians and 3% of nurses indicate reuse of syringes for more than one patient in their workplace.

According to the CDC, the survey suggests a dangerous minority of providers may be violating basic standards of care and the paper underlines the need for additional training and education. To to ensure adherence to safe injection practices, the CDC recommends tealthcare facilities:

  • Provide training on all aspects of Standard Precautions.
  • Perform routine audits of adherence to safe injection practices.
  • Remind healthcare providers they have an obligation to intervene if they observe unsafe practices in the workplace.

Safe injection practices are critical to the overall safety of healthcare delivery. the CDC reminds healthcare personnel to never reuse a needle or syringe for more than one patient or to enter a medication container.

A good rule to remember is One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time. Improper use of syringes, needles and medication containers can transmit infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Included with today’ s notice are example polices related to safe injection practices.

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