Up close and personal on unsafe injections

By: June 12th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC has recently posted two items on unsafe injection practices.

The first posting is on the CDC Foundation site, “Unsafe Injections Put Patients at Risk of Serious Illness,” where Tom McKnight, M.D., provides a first-hand perspective on unsafe practices such as using syringes and saline bags on multiple patients.

Dr. McKnight’s wife was one of 99 Nebraskans infected with hepatitis C in 2000 while receiving treatment for cancer.

He urges healthcare providers to use the CDC Safe Injection Practices Coalition’s Toolkit at your next staff meeting to ensure compliance with recommended practices.

In the CDC Safe healthcare blog post Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA, prevention team leader for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, explains why it is important to conduct refresher training on injection safety and how using the Safe Injection Practices Coalition’s Toolkit can help.

This free toolkit features a Power Point presentation with recorded audio, convenient for use during staff meetings, in-services, and other educational seminars.  Other pieces include a no-cost Medscape CME activity, a safe injection practices training video, and a number of eye-catching posters to remind staff about the basics of injection safety.


By Denise Walden on June 13th, 2012 at 11:33 am

I noticed that in the safe injuection toolkit, all needles/syringes pictured were NOT safe sharps…that is very odd to me when you are trying to teach needle safety


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