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An Unsafe Practice: Reuse of Prefilled Saline Flush

This recent article in Pharmacy Times reviews known instances of unsafe injection practices, and in some cases, the outbreaks that resulted. Recommendations are made around staff education, policies and procedures, and surveillance.

New Online AJIC Survey Shows 12% of Physicians and 3% of Nurses See Syringe Reuse in Their Workplace


A discussion of an upcoming AJIC article reveals alarming statistics reported by physicians and nurses across eight states about injection safety practices in their workplaces. Of the physicians surveyed, 12 percent indicate syringe reuse at their workplace in addition to 3 percent of nurses. This abstract gives an overview of the study and results. Please read, share, and discuss with others at your workplace.

Lessons from an Outbreak Investigation: Improving Medication Preparation, Use and Other Infection Control Practices In Outpatient Oncology Clinics

CDC Webinar

In case you missed April’s CDC webinar “Lessons from an Outbreak Investigation: Improving Medication Preparation, Use and Other Infection Control Practices In Outpatient Oncology Clinics," please find an archived version here. The above link includes the recorded webinar, continuing education information, as well as past webinars from CDC’s Tune In To Safe Healthcare Series.

Vermont's One and Only Page

VDH Website

Click here to navigate to the Vermont Department of Health One and Only Campaign Webpage. The Campaign aims to eliminate infections resulting from unsafe injection practices. This is a public health campaign led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.

VT Injection Safety Presentations

This fall, Patsy Kelso, PhD, Vermont State Epidemiologist and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Fellow Kayla Donohue, MPH, delivered presentations on injection safety across the state to nurses, infection preventionists, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and physicians from a variety of settings. In 2017, the Health Department hopes to collaborate with others to spread the word. Please reach out to schedule additional presentations, request educational materials, or organize facility-wide trainings.

PDF Slides of These Talks

State Injection Safety Resources

Vermont's One and Only Campaign

Unsafe injections are a concern in Vermont and across the country. To promote education, and to increase patient safety in all healthcare settings, Vermont has decided to team up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) One and Only Campaign as a partner state.
Together, we can ensure every injection is safe every time. Please join our campaign to help make a difference in Vermont! Share One and Only Campaign training materials at your healthcare facility or contact us to schedule in-person education and training sessions.


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