Healthcare providers should never administer medications from the same syringe to more than one patient, even if the needle is changed; and never enter a vial with a syringe or needle that has been used for a patient if the same medication vial might be used for another patient.
In order to ensure that you are receiving safe injections, ask your healthcare providers the following questions before you receive an injection:
1. Will there be a new needle, new syringe, and a new vial for this procedure or injection?
2. Can you tell me how you prevent the spread of infections in your facility?
3. What steps are you taking to keep me safe?
For more information about patient safety, visit Patient Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).