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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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NC SHARPPS Newsletter: Issue 3

NC SHARPPS Newsletter: Issue 3

The third issue of the quarterly SHARPPS newsletter
is now available. In this issue, we introduce our new CSTE Fellow,
address scabies in long term care facilities, and highlight best practices for
flu clinics.

One & Only Pledge

One & Only Pledge

The One & Only Pledge is still available! Clinicians can sign and display this pledge in their office as a reminder to adhere to safe injection practices and assure patients that their health and safety are priority. Be sure to take and submit a photo your signed pledge!

Safe Injection Connection Training

Safe Injection Connection flyer

The Safe Injection Connection training is scheduled for October 17, 2016 at the Cardinal Room (Division of Public Health) in Raleigh. This free, half-day training is designed to educate healthcare professionals and quality improvement staff on safe injection practices and improve patient safety.

By becoming a Safe Injection Connection trainer, you will

  • Improve patient safety
  • Identify the best practices for injection safety
  • Commit to presenting on injection safety at least 2 times a year

education is available for nurses, health education specialists, public health professionals, and healthcare professionals. There are no fees for CE. View the accreditation statement.

To register, email nchai[at][dot]gov.

Drug Diversion Highlighted at NC Communicable Disease Conference

Graph of US Outbreaks by Drug Diversion of Healthcare Providers, 1983-2013

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.

State Injection Safety Resources

Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care

Click here to view and download the new NC DPH publication "Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care."


Infection Control Report Blog

Information from NC SPICE and NC DPH about healthcare-associated infections, including injection safety, can be found at the Infection Control Report Blog.


New CDC Guidelines on Injection Safety within Dental Settings

Injection safety applies to various health settings, including dental care. The CDC recently provided recommendations to prevent infection and uphold injection safety within dental settings. It includes:

  • Infection prevention program administrative measures,
  • Infection prevention education and training,
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette,
  • Updated safe injection practices, and
  • Administrative measures for instrument processing.

The guidelines can be accessed at


Stay Informed on Safe Injection Practice News and Events

The goal of the North Carolina One & Only Campaign is to attract individuals who want to
make a difference through injection safety. The campaign encourages healthcare
organizations and individuals to promote public awareness of safe
injection practices. Join the NC One & Only Campaign by emailing Kristin Pridgen at kristin.pridgen[at][dot]gov, and share free One & Only Campaign training materials with your health facility.


2012 NC Communicable Disease Conference Poster

Click here to see the 2012 Communicable Disease Conference poster from the NC One & Only Campaign.