CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

Partnership Expands the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Work with Healthcare-Associated Infections

More than 150,000 patients have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis and HIV due to unsafe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings since 2001. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical injections are an overlooked source of infections and outbreaks. To better protect patients from this ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation’s partnership with Eli Lilly and Company will support and expand CDC’s Safe Injection Practices Coalition—a group of public health, medical and industry organizations collaborating to raise awareness among patients and health care providers about safe injection practices...

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CDC releases toolkit to assist with patient notification events after unsafe medical practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new toolkit to assist health departments and healthcare facilities with notifying patients after an infection control lapse or potential disease transmission during medical care. The toolkit includes the key steps a healthcare facility or public health department should take to initiate a patient notification and provides resources to assist with creating notification documents, planning media and communication strategies, establishing communication resources to support patient notification, and releasing notification letters.

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Safe Injection Practices in Dentistry

You may have heard about the recent large-scale patient notification in Oklahoma.  More than 7,000 patients have or will be notified to get tested for possible hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV transmission due to extensive breaches in infection control (including unsafe injection practices such as reported needle and syringe reuse for drawing up and administering medications from multidose medication vials and other mishandling of medications) at an oral surgery center. 

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New Tools to Help Clinicians Ensure Every Injection is Safe

Injection safety is part of the minimum expectation for safe care anywhere healthcare is delivered; yet, CDC has had to investigate outbreak after outbreak of life-threatening infections caused by injection errors.  How can this completely preventable problem continue to go unchecked?  Lack of initial and continued infection control training, denial of the problem, reimbursement pressures, drug shortages, and lack of appreciation for the consequences have all been used as excuses; but today there is no acceptable excuse for an unsafe injection in the United States.

Today, on CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog, the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition reveal a suite of new materials to make it easier for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to learn about and follow safe injection practices.

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CDC Grand Rounds: The Impact of Unsafe Medical Injections in the U.S.

Injectable medicines are commonly used for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various medical conditions. Yet, even in our sophisticated medical system, not all injections are given safely. In addition to exposing patients to life-threatening infections, unsafe injections are having a devastating financial toll on patients, healthcare providers, insurers/payors and public health systems. These harms are preventable through renewed attention to basic infection control and injection safety practices.

The Nov. 13, 2012 session of CDC Grand Rounds will explore how unsafe injection practices are impacting U.S. clinicians and patients in outpatient and inpatient medical settings. Presenters include experts from CDC, CMS, and New York State. 

Join the conversation: Follow @CDCgov for live tweets on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCGroundRounds during the presentation. Questions can also be sent to grandrounds[at]cdc[dot]gov.

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