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The Vermont Department of Health is excited to announce a new partnership with the One and Only Campaign to promote injection safety across the state. 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
Take the One and Only Pledge
The One and Only Pledge is available here. Healthcare workers can take the pledge, print and hang it up in their offices for all to see.
You can also send photos holding the pledge for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts. Send photos to Kayla Donohue and use #1andonlypledge on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
By taking the pledge, healthcare workers make a commitment to patients’ health and safety. Safe injections are every provider’s responsibility. Together we can make every injection safe, every time.
Two webinars are archived and available: “Safe Injections in the
Outpatient Oncology Setting: Protecting our Patients and Your Practice” and
“Unsafe Injection Stories from the Field.” The first webinar focuses on the
background, guidelines and case studies regarding safe injection practices in
the outpatient oncology setting. The second webinar features Dr. Zack Moore,
SHARPPS Medical Director discussing unsafe injection practices and how
injection practices can be improved in the medical field to better protect
patients. Slides and resources are available, as well as Continuing Education
Outbreaks due to unsafe injection practices have been reported in a variety of settings, not just hospitals, and include: outpatient clinics, pain management centers, dialysis facilities, dental practices, physical therapy offices, chiropractors, acupuncturists, rejuvenation and Botox facilities, and many others. Wherever an injection is occurring, patient safety should be the number one priority. Aseptic technique should always be used. Remember - one needle, one syringe, only one time.