CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. The November 13, 2012 session of CDC Grand Rounds explored how unsafe injection practices impact U.S. clinicians and patients in outpatient and inpatient medical settings. Presenters included experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and New York State.
Injectable medicines are commonly used for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various medical conditions. Yet, even in our sophisticated medical system, not all injections are given safely. In addition to exposing patients to life-threatening infections, unsafe injections are having a devastating financial toll on patients, healthcare providers, insurers/payors and public health systems. These harms are preventable through renewed attention to basic infection control and injection safety practices.