News & Events

An Unsafe Practice: Reuse of Prefilled Saline Flush

Recent survey findings:  One percent of the survey respondents admitted to always or sometimes reusing a syringe for more than 1 patient.

Hep C Virus Potentially Transmitted by Opiod Drug Diversion from a Nurse - Washington, August 2017 - March 2018

Drug diversion poses a serious threat to health and well-being of patients.

Patients Infected After Worker Replaced Narcotic from Syringes with Water, New York Hospital Says

Several patients at Buffalo, N.Y.-based Roswell Park Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Center developed an infection after an employee swapped a narcotic drug from syringes with water, and the patients were injected with the syringes

Evelyn's Story

Evelyn McKnight

Click on the picture of Evelyn to her her story about her health crisis resulting from unsafe injection practices

State Injection Safety Resources

Nebraska DHHS Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program

The HAI team of the Epidemiology Unit of DHHS is tasked with helping to decrease the incidence of HAIs in Nebraska by:

  • Monitoring the occurrence of HAI’s in local hospitals
  • Tracking antibiotic resistance
  • Working with the ICAP Program to assess and promote quality infection control at health
    care facilities
  • Coordinating the state HAI Advisory Committee
  • Developing an HAI Outbreak Detection and Management Program
  • Supporting efforts in Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Managing a website with HAI information for the public and healthcare professionals

Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP)

Nebraska ICAP is CDC-funded partnership between Nebraska Medicine, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska DHHS HAI/AR Program. Since 2015, the team has performed assessments in over 150 Nebraska healthcare facilities, all across the healthcare continuum.  In each facility, our experienced infection prevention team shares the latest evidence-based infection control practices and strategies. Promotion of safe injection practice resources is a core activity and great passion of the team, and includes direct dialogue among infection preventionists about relevant risks in healthcare facilities. For more information and useful tools and links, visit the ICAP website at


Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Preventing and reducing infections is a priority of the Great
Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN). Spreading and sustaining
evidence-based practices is the core of our quality improvement efforts. 

Great Plains QIN promotes the One and Only Campaign
by disseminating safe injection resources with individuals and the healthcare
community. We have promoted and shared Campaign materials via our Web site,
news posts and at community health fairs and exhibits.


The Nebraska Infection Control Network (NICN)

The NICN was founded in 1980 by Philip W. Smith, MD. Its mission
was to improve the quality of healthcare in Nebraska hospitals, long term care
facilities and communities through the prevention and control of infectious
diseases.  The NICN uniquely combines the volunteer efforts of key
agencies and emphasizes educational programs. In the more than 30 years these
courses have been provided, over 4000 trainees have attended.

The intensive two-day Primary Infection Prevention course
 is held twice a year in Omaha and has included an injection safety
lecture since 2017.