New Smartphone application promotes safe injection practices

By: September 29th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Epocrates, Inc. are launching Epocrates’ EssentialPoints®, a mobile detailing program that provides healthcare professionals with key lessons on safe injection practices conveniently and effectively on their smartphone devices.

The mobile application is part of a campaign conducted by the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and raise awareness of the need for safe injection practices, as more than 125,000 patients in the past 10 years needed to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV because of lapses in basic infection control practices.

The CDC can reach more than one million healthcare professionals by working with Epicrates, Inc., a leading provider of mobile drug reference tools and interactive services for the healthcare industry.

The free EssentialPoints® activity called “CDC: Injection Safety” includes a short video about cancer patients who contracted hepatitis C during chemotherapy treatment because of a failure to follow safe injection practices. Healthcare professionals answer a series of questions after the video, which gives greater communication and training from the CDC than an e-mail or news alert.

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