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World Hepatitis Day- July 28, 2019

As World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28, 2019, the NY One & Only Campaign on injection safety aims to stop the spread of bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) by spreading the injection safety message of "One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time." Join the national One & Only Campaign and the New York One & Only Campaign in efforts to ensure that hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens are not spread by lapses in safe injection practices.  

CSTE Diversion Toolkit is Now Posted Online!

The new Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Drug Diversion Toolkit is online! The toolkit provides multiple resources for setting up robust anti-diversion systems in your facility and includes signs in healthcare provider behavior that might be indicative of diversion and substitution activity. An overview can be found here. An in-depth look at the toolkit can be found here.

New! Karen Morrow Interview in Latest Injection Safety Newsletter

This month's "Profile in Injection Safety" features a frank and heartfelt discussion about how patients' lives can be affected by unsafe injection practices. Karen Morrow speaks eloquently about contracting hepatitis C virus (HCV) after an outbreak in Las Vegas Nevada in 2009. Find out why Karen wants all healthcare providers who give injections to pledge to their patients: "I will use a new needle. I will use a new syringe. For You. This is the one and only time they will be used."

SHEA Issues Infection Control Guidance for Anesthesia OR

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued new guidance to improve infection control in operating room anesthesia care. Among the recommendations : better attention to hand hygiene throughout the process, improved attention to possible cross-contamination on or around the anesthesia equipment and carts and concern about use of multiple-dose vials for more than one patient. Please follow this link to learn more.

NY One & Only Campaign Gives Injection Safety Presentation for the Addiction Workforce

Emily Lutterloh, MD, MPH, NYSDOH Bureau of Healthcare Associated Infections

Emily Lutterloh, MD, MPH, Director of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Healthcare Associated Infections, presented on "Safe Injection Practices for the Addiction Workforce" at a webinar taping hosted by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The presentation covered the basics of injection safety, case studies of investigations into unsafe injection practices, and healthcare provider drug diversion and substitution among other topics. The final webinar will be online within the month.  

State Injection Safety Resources

Patient Questions 101 (How to Ask a Provider About Injection Safety)

Face it: haven't there been times when you visited the doctor and were in a hurry to get going, only to regret that you didn't ask a crucial question about your health and well-being? The New York One & Only Campaign knows it's tough and sometimes intimidating to ask questions, especially about safe injections. So, we came up with a step-by-step "how to" guide. It even has respectful responses if you don't get the answer you're looking for at first. Click here to find out how to do it!

 

Diabetes Care Advisory

This advisory has been issued for New York State's Long-term care and Assisted Living facilities.