Managing Patient Safety, One Injection at a Time
Infections can be costly for your practice.
Patients’ lives, your accreditation status, your certification, and licenses are all at
stake. Since 2001, at least 50 outbreaks involving
unsafe injection practices were reported to CDC, and 90% of these outbreaks occurred in
outpatient settings. Hundreds of patients were infected, and over
150,000 patients were notified and advised to get tested for hepatitis and HIV. Does your team of nurses and physicians use
single-dose and multi-dose vials properly? Misuse of medicine puts your practice and
patients at risk. Educate your team and consider these questions…
Do you have enough supplies to ensure safe injections? Syringes, medications in correctly-sized vials, and personal protective equipment, such as
gloves and facemasks, should always be available. Is your medication preparation area separate
from the patient care area? Facilities should have a designated clean
medication area where injections are drawn up and labeled immediately before each individual
patient. This space should be away from patient care areas and away from used or soiled equipment
and materials. Are you purchasing the safest available medication?
Think about safety over cost when you re-supply clinic medications. Request the smallest vials that
meet individual patient needs. Use FDA-approved and regulated drugs. They are the safest drugs for your patients. Consult with pharmacists and others to learn whether pre-filled syringes
or other “ready to deliver” unit-dose packaging is available. Do you provide infection control training for your healthcare personnel?
Along with OSHA-mandated bloodborne pathogen training, infection control training on safe
injection practices should be provided upon hire and at least annually for all healthcare
personnel. Following and implementing basic safe injection
procedures is not something to take for granted. Educate yourself and your team. Imagine if
it was you! At the end of the day, we’re all patients. Do your part to make healthcare
safe, one injection at a time. One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time. Learn more about safe injection practices and download free resources at OneandOnlyCampaign.org