News & Events

Wallcur Outbreak is a Reminder of the Importance of Safe Injection Practices

With an increasing number of medical supply and drug shortages in recent years, it is more important than ever to carefully check labels before administering any medication or injectable. Outbreaks can occur when switching between single-use and multi-dose vials if the change is not
identified and appropriate adjustments in practice are not put in place. Recently, over 40 people received simulated saline solution, which was mistakenly used instead of normal sterile saline. The product is not intended for human use. As a result, many became sick. For more information about the Wallcur product outbreak, click here.

Ebola Resources

Infection control is a critical strategy to stop the spread of Ebola. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history and being informed about appropriate infection control measures is crucial to its control. For resources for health professionals, check the MDH page here and the CDC page here.

MDH Spreads One & Only Campaign Message

Working toward the goal of raising awareness, MDH has distributed One & Only Campaign resources at a number of conferences recently. Materials such as buttons and flyers were given away at the annual meetings of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC-MN), the Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (MNASCA), and the Minnesota Directors of Nursing Association (MNDONA).

Minnesota Joins the One and Only Campaign to Promote Safe Injection Practices

One & Only Campaign Logo: One needle, one syringe, only one time.

We are proud to announce that the Minnesota Department of Health
(MDH) has become a Partner of the One & Only Campaign. While Minnesota has not experienced large-scale
disease outbreaks due to unsafe injection practices, small outbreaks of
bacterial infections have pointed out the need to make sure all health care
providers are educated about safe injection practices. MDH will focus its
efforts on raising awareness and providing resources for ambulatory settings in the next year and plans to expand education efforts across the spectrum of care
over the next few years.

Watch this space for more information. We will provide monthly
updates about new materials and learning opportunities as they become