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In May 2018, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) distributed its Needle Use and Injection Practices Survey to businesses and healthcare facilities that provide medical or health-related services in Jackson County, Oregon.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • Better understand injection practices and needle use in Oregon
  • Promote our new toolkit and share educational materials
  • Promote membership of the One & Only Campaign

Through this project, we hope to:

  • Develop methods to identify and reach facilities and businesses that use needles and perform injections for health-related services
  • Understand how needles are used and injections delivered to characterize risk of infection
  • Develop and distribute targeted educational toolkits
  • Engage advocates for patient and client safety to help distribute educational materials, promoting safe injection practice and needle use and preventing disease transmission

Free CME Opportunity: CD Summary: Taking a Shot at Injection Safety

Earn FREE CMEs and learn about injection safety by reading this issue of the Communicable Disease Summary! Be sure to subscribe! http://healthoregon.org/cdsummary

The CD Summary is a publication of the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division. Its intended audience is: Licensed health care providers, public health and health care agencies, media representatives, medical laboratories, hospitals, and other individuals and institutions with an interest in epidemiology and public health.

State Injection Safety Resources

Diversion and Safe Injections: Risks, Recs, & Resources

Learn about how drug diversion can spread infection from healthcare providers to patients and what can be done by healthcare systems to improve patient safety.

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Slides created by Kate Ellingson, PhD. Presentation originally delivered via webinar to the Oregon and Southern Washington Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology meeting in November of 2015. Content updated January 2017.

 

Bold Bugs, Broken Drugs and Risky Sticks: Keeping Residents Safe when Care Presents Perils

Understand the role of public health, local health departments and individual facilities in using surveillance and infection prevention to improve patient safety, including a discussion of drug diversion and injection safety specific to insulin pens, blood glucometers, and similar devices. Note: This presentation is targeted for the long-term care setting but contains generally useful information.

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Slides created by Genevieve Buser, MD, MSHP and Kate Ellingson, PhD. Presentation originally delivered to the Oregon Health Care Association in February of 2016. Content updated January 2017.

 

Injection Safety, Hand Hygiene, and Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination

A useful overview of three of the most important topics in infection control, including data, recommendations, and resources related to syringe and vial safety, the risks associated with drug diversion, and techniques for improving influenza vaccination among healthcare workers.

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Slides created by Kate Ellingson, PhD. Presentation originally delivered to the Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association in April of 2016. Content updated January 2017.

 

Interfacility Transfer Communication and Injection Safety

Learn how to maximize the use of effective inter-facility transfer communication and the importance of injection safety. This presentation reviews legal requirements, Oregon-specific information, and resources to assist with implementing evidence-based best practices for inter-facility transfer and injection safety.

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Slides created by Kate Ellingson, PhD. Presentation originally delivered at the Oregon Epidemiology Conference in May of 2016. Content updated January 2017.