Category: Injection Safety

Risky pen pals

Author – Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices There’s an alarming and widespread misunderstanding about insulin pens by some healthcare workers who work in hospitals: that sterility can be maintained between patients simply by affixing a fresh needle on a previously used pen. Despite numerous warnings from the Read More >

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No, it is not ok to reuse that syringe!

Author – Gina Pugliese, RN MS Vice President of the Safety Institute, Premier healthcare alliance It was 20 years ago when I first heard about syringes being reused on multiple patients, followed by a flurry of guidelines cautioning about the need to use a single syringe for each patient. Times change – safe injection practices Read More >

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Important Reminder: Wear Facemasks During Spinal Injection Procedures

Author – Amit Chitnis, MD, MPH CDC Epidemic Intelligence Officer Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Today, CDC is reminding clinicians to use facemasks when injecting medicine or inserting catheters into epidural or subdural spaces of the spine. This includes “epidurals” during childbirth labor and injection of contrast dye during imaging procedures. We are concerned that Read More >

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Getting Back to Basics: Safe Injection Practices (Part 2 of 2)

—Joe Perz, DrPH What can we do to make sure that the “foundation of safe care” is strengthened? Efforts to promote safe injection practices are underway but much work remains to be done. Recently, CDC hosted a series of meetings intended to raise awareness and discuss this important public health issue with industry representatives and Read More >

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Getting Back to Basics: Safe Injection Practices (Part 1 of 2)

— Joe Perz, DrPH When patients visit a doctor’s office, clinic – or any healthcare setting for that matter – they deserve safe care. This includes the expectation that basic infection control practices are understood and followed by all of the staff caring for them. A good example of “basic infection control” relates to the Read More >

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