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FDA Warns About Risks of Using Home Test Strips (possible blood contamination)

US Food & Drug Administration Warns About Pre-Owned Home Test Strips

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about the risks of home use test strips that are pre-owned or not authorized for sale in the US, including blood glucose monitoring strips. While this is not strictly an injection, there is a potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens from using these strips, according to FDA, which cautions the pre-owned strips could contain : "...small amounts of blood from the previous owner on them, which can put users at risk of infection from potential cross-contamination."

OASAS Webcast on "Best Practices for Preparing and Administering Injections is LIVE!

Emily Lutterloh, MD, MPH, NYSDOH Bureau of Healthcare Associated Infections

The link to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) webcast on "Best Practices for Preparing and Administering Injections" is LIVE! Please follow this link for an informative presentation on injection safety in most healthcare settings.

Take the One & Only Injection Safety Pledge! Make a Stand for Safe Injections and Safe Patients!

Injection Safety Pledge

Take the NY One & Only Campaign Injection Safety "Provider Pledge" It's easy!

1.  Download and print the pledge, found here.

2.  Take a photo of yourself or a group of healthcare professionals holding/displaying the sign. (Landscape view is best.) It's great if you include your healthcare facility in the photo.

3.  Email the photo to: marybeth.wenger[at]health.ny[dot]gov. It might be featured on the NY One & Only Campaign webpage "Spotlight". (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!

Timely Podcast on Healthcare Provider Diversion/Substitution from NY One & Only Campaign

Howard Zucker, MD, JD, NYSDOH Commissioner of Health

The New York One & Only Campaign is pleased to share a podcast on healthcare provider drug diversion and substitution, featuring an interview by New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, with national expert and consultant on diversion Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN. New shares her insights on diversion and how it contributes to unsafe injections, how facilities can spot potential diverters, and how they can start anti-diversion programs. She also explores how individual practitioners can keep the workplace and patients safe by vigilance when diversion becomes a concern. A transcript of the podcast may be viewed here.

It's Not Easy Being the "Infection Control Police": New Video "Profile in Injection Safety"

Sam Miller, RNC, Infection Control Coordinator, RN, Ed.

It's International Infection Prevention Week (October 14-20) and what better time to highlight those healthcare providers and patients who are teachers, mentors, or champions of infection control, including safe injection practices? They set the bar high for safe injection practices and shun "workarounds" no matter how busy they are. One of them is Sam Miller, RNC, Infection Control Coordinator, RN, Ed. You will be inspired by her dedication to injection safety. Please share this link with others and help to set an example in our mission to ensure safe injection practices in healthcare, each and every time! Click this video link and be inspired! Please share with others in healthcare at trainings, in-services and conferences.

State Injection Safety Resources

Patient Questions 101 (How to Ask a Provider About Injection Safety)

Face it: haven't there been times when you visited the doctor and were in a hurry to get going, only to regret that you didn't ask a crucial question about your health and well-being? The New York One & Only Campaign knows it's tough and sometimes intimidating to ask questions, especially about safe injections. So, we came up with a step-by-step "how to" guide. It even has respectful responses if you don't get the answer you're looking for at first. Click here to find out how to do it!


Diabetes Care Advisory

This advisory has been issued for New York State's Long-term care and Assisted Living facilities.