News & Events
A NC DPH drug diversion survey sent to healthcare facilities revealed that 67% of participants do not understand public health’s role in drug diversion; only 5% stated they would notify public health of diversion cases. This illustrated the overwhelming need for drug diverison education.
In April, the NC Communicable Disease Conference was held with approximately 300 communicable disease staff in attendance. The SHARPPS Program hosted a session on drug diversion which included presentations from Judy Billings with the State Bureau of Investigations, and Elaine Russell, Transylvania County Health Director. Billings discussed her investigations of healthcare worker drug diversion, and Russell shared her experience with a drug diversion case. Both emphasized the importance of notifying public health of drug diversion cases, as public health is instrumental in assessing disease transmission risk and implementing control measures.
A recent study by New Mexico medical students indicated one-third of the time, outpatient
facilities skipped hand hygiene and adherence to all safe injection practices. Hand hygiene plays an essential role in preventing
healthcare-associated infections; safe injection practices always start with clean hands.
The CDC's Clean Hands
Count Campaign aims to improve
healthcare provider adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations, address hand hygiene myths and misperceptions, and empower
patients to play a role in their care-ask or remind healthcare
providers to clean their hands
View the CDC hand
The first edition of the NC SHARPPS Newsletter is now available. This edition features information about the SHARPPS Program and recent
activities, surveillance, and trainings we offer regarding healthcare
associated infections. Read what the SHARPPS Program has been up to here.
Take the NC 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: kristin.pridgen[at]dhhs.nc[dot]gov. It might be featured on the NC 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!