In an effort to ensure that clinicians are clear about the safe use of single-dose/single-use vials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have restated their respective positions on the use of single-dose/single-use vials in healthcare settings. By doing so, these agencies seek to dispel inaccuracies being disseminated to healthcare providers.
- CDC Position — Protect Patients Against Preventable Harm from Improper Use of Single-dose/Single-use Vials (May 2012)
- CDC PowerPoint — Updates on Activities Related to Single-dose Vials (June 2012)
- CDC Webpage (updated August 2012)
- CMS — Safe Use of Single Dose/Single Use Medications to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections (June 2012)
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Invasive Staphylococcus aureus Infections Associated with Pain Injections and Reuse of Single-Dose Vials – Arizona and Delaware, 2012 (July 2012)
- The Joint Commission — Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing Infection from the Misuse of Vials (June 2014)
The following professional organizations and state health departments endorse this statement from CDC:
- Endorsement of the CDC’s Position Statement on Single-Dose/Single-Use Vials (as of May 30, 2012)
In addition, several Safe Injection Practices Coalition Partners have issued their own statements on CDC’s position. Click here to read more.