Healthcare Professional FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Safe Practices for Medical Injections

Download a copy of the FAQs Regarding Safe Practices for Medical Injections. These FAQs are organized in the following sections:

  • General
  • Medication Preparation
  • Medication Administration
  • Single-dose/Single-use vials
  • Multi-dose vials
  • References

Injection Safety Recommendations

Injection safety, or safe injection practices, is a set of measures taken to perform injections in an optimally safe manner for patients, healthcare personnel, and others. The Standard Precautions section of the Guideline for Isolation Precautions provides evidence-based recommendations for safe injection practices and reflects the minimum standards that healthcare personnel should follow to prevent transmission of infections in healthcare settings.

Despite these recommendations, outbreaks and patient notifications resulting from healthcare personnel failing to adhere to Standard Precautions and basic infection control practices continue to be reported. Unsafe injection practices that have resulted in disease transmission have most commonly included:

  • Using the same syringe to administer medication to more than one patient, even if the needle was changed or the injection was administered through an intervening length of intravenous (IV) tubing;
  • Accessing a medication vial or bag with a syringe that has already been used to administer medication to a patient, then reusing contents from that vial or bag for another patient; 
  • Using medications packaged as single-dose or single-use for more than one patient; 
  • Failing to use aseptic technique when preparing and administering injections.