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Drug Diversion and Disease Transmission

60 Second Checklist: Blood Glucose Meters

An underappreciated risk of blood glucose testing is the opportunity for exposure to bloodborne viruses (HBV, HCV, and HIV) through contaminated equipment and supplies if devices used for testing and/or insulin administration are shared. The risk of infection is present in any setting where blood glucose monitoring equipment is shared or those assisting with blood glucose monitoring and/or insulin administration fail to follow basic principles of infection control. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a new tool to address blood glucose meter safety. Click here to view the tool.

Preventing Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
(AHRQ) has created a new infographic for ambulatory surgery settings to help
promote safe practices in preventing surgical site infections and other harmful
infections. One of the key recommendations in this infographic is to follow
safe injection practices. This is a great tool/resource to share with
colleagues in outpatient facilities. Click here to download the
infographic.

Colorado Medication Take-Back Program

Get rid of your unused medications!

The Colorado Medication Take-Back Program is a network of secure boxes for collecting unused and unwanted household medications. This program is for unused household medications only. Medication wastes generated by health care facilities are prohibited. 

To find a collection box location, follow the following link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/medication-take-back-program-collection-boxes