News & Events
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
Recognizing Drug Diversion in Health Care Facilities
"Signs of Diversion" is a new must-read brochure for any facility where controlled substances are handled. Kimberly New, RN, BSN, JD, of "Diversion Specialists" and national expert on healthcare provider diversion, has put together this brochure which succinctly states concerns about diversion/substitution, why facilities should be worried about potential for diversion in their juridsiction, warning signs in behavior of potential diverters and why diversion activity should be reported to authorities. Please click here to read the brochure and be sure to share it with colleagues in risk management and administration.
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. The program cannot accept prescribed narcotics or other controlled substances, such as Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall or their generic equivalent.
To find a collecton box location, follow the following link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/medication-take-back-program-collection-boxes
Take the One & Only Injection Safety Pledge! Make a Stand for Safe Injections and Safe Patients!
Take the CO One & Only Campaign Injection Safety "Provider Pledge"
1. Download and print the pledge.
2. Take a photo of yourself or a group of healthcare professionals
holding/displaying the sign. You can include your healthcare facility in the photo.
3. Email the photo to: alana.cilwick[at]state.co[dot]us. It might be featured on the CO One & Only Campaign webpage. (Note: By sending it to us, you give us your permission to
use it on our web page or social media channels.)
4. Use social media to spread the message by uploading to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #1andonlypledge.
CHALLENGE your colleagues to join in, and create a community of safe practice!
"60 Second Safety Checklist"
The Colorado One & Only Campaign, has created a series of tools aimed to assist direct caregivers in the Assisted Living environment. The first in a series of tools created, can be utilized as a "60 Second Patient Safety Checklist" to assess risk associated with insulin pen use and basic infection control practices in your facility.
Additional tools will be added over time, so check back often and share widely within your organization.