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NYSDOH Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Speaks about Ebola

NYSDOH Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker

New York State Department of Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker spoke to the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA) Post Graduate Academy about Ebola on Sunday, December 15. Did you know that injection safety and the history of Ebola are deeply intertwined? In the first documented outbreak of Ebola in Africa back in 1976, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the virus was spread rapidly back then, by the reuse of needles and syringes which were in short supply. To read more about this fascinating piece of history, click here.

Test Your Knowledge! You Might Be Surprised By This Podcast On Injection Safety Questions

The New York One & Only Campaign is pleased to announce the release of a new podcast entitled “Injection Safety: What You Might Not Know”. It includes an interview with Guthrie Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Commissioner, Office of Science, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), as Dr. Birkhead tackles tough questions about titration, batching and potential transmission of infectious disease by glucometer. Some of these questions have been posed by real-life practitioners.

Click here to listen to the podcast. Here is a transcript of the podcast.

NY Workgroup Member HONOReform Blog Post: Physician Who Questioned Unsafe Practices

HONOReform Blog Post by Physician Who Questioned Unsafe Practices

A recurring conversation going on in the New York One & Only Campaign is whether training in safe injection practices is sufficient in medical/nursing school curricula.  Some healthcare educators perceive that there is a potential "learning gap" in extensive knowledge of safe injection practices, in particular for those just graduating medical or nursing school or starting residencies. Take a look at this blog post by NY One & Only Campaign workgroup member HONOReform (Hepatitis Outbreaks National Organization for Reform), by a currently practicing physician who remembers calling out more seasoned clinicians when they (incorrectly) suggested it was safe practice to reuse a syringe as long as the needle was changed between patients.  This is not the case! Please take an opportunity to reinforce the "One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time" message in your facility!

New York's Efforts With One & Only Campaign Highlighted in "Hospital Peer Review"

NY One & Only Campaign Featured in "Hospital Peer Review"

The One & Only Campaign was in the spotlight of a hospital-focused publication called "Hospital Peer Review" recently.  The article drew hospital administrators' and providers' attention to concerns that unsafe injection practices might be more prevalent--even in their own facility--than they think.  To read the article, click here.

"Who Does That?" NY One & Only Campaign Workgroup Member Presents to Endoscopy Nurses

Cathy Smith, RN Presents to Endoscopy Nurses

NY One & Only Campaign workgroup member Cathy Smith, RN, Director of Nursing at St. Peter's Endoscopy Center in Albany, NY and Board member of the NY State Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers presented on "Updates in Gastroenterology: A Nurse's Course" ( including an introduction to the NY One & Only Campaign) to endoscopy nurses at Century House in Latham, NY.  Comments overheard when Cathy mentioned reuse of syringes or needles and mis-use of single dose/multi-dose vials included:  "Who does that?". Cathy urged the group to be vigilant not only about their own practices but the injection practices of others and to speak up if they see incorrect procedures happening.  She underscored that the health of patients is paramount and that spreading of viral or bacterial infection is preventable, if safe injection practices are followed.

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.