Injection safety is part of the minimum expectation for safe care anywhere healthcare is delivered; yet, CDC has had to investigate outbreak after outbreak of life-threatening infections caused by injection errors. How can this completely preventable problem continue to go unchecked? Lack of initial and continued infection control training, denial of the problem, reimbursement pressures, drug shortages, and lack of appreciation for the consequences have all been used as excuses; but today there is no acceptable excuse for an unsafe injection in the United States.
Today, on CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog, the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition reveal a suite of new materials to make it easier for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to learn about and follow safe injection practices.
- Bloodborne Pathogen + Safe Patient Injections Training Presentation
- "How to do it Right" Animated Video
- Materials Demonstrating Proper Use of Injection Devices to Give Diabetes Medication (poster and brochure)
- Digital Press Kit (including an infographic, a podcast, fact sheets, and backgrounder)
Clinicians want to protect their patients and provide the best care possible - requiring that everyone on the staff is educated about and is following safe injection practices is an essential step toward this goal. Please review these materials and share them widely with clinical and training colleagues. Please leave feedback in the comments so we can incorporate your thoughts into updated versions of these materials.
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