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News & Events

World Hand Hygiene Day-May 5

When Should You Clean Your Hands?

Before preparing or eating food
Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
Before and after changing wound dressings or bandages
After using the restroom
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching hospital surfaces such as bed rails, bedside tables, doorknobs, remote controls, or the phone

Latest NC SHARPPS Newsletter Available

The latest NC SHARPPS newsletter is now available. This edition features an overview of Legionella and SHARPPS program updates.

Drug Diversion Table Top Exercise

In 2017, the NC One & Only Campaign developed a table top exercise highlighting
drug diversion—the act of illegally obtaining or using prescription medications—in
healthcare settings. The table top exercise is adapted from one created by the
New Jersey Department of Health. The inaugural North Carolina drug diversion table top exercise
for acute care staff was held on February 15, 2017 at the Southern Atlantic Healthcare
Alliance’s (SAHA) Drug Diversion Education Program. In 2018, we adapted the tabletop for local health department personnel and held the exercise on May 21 at the 2018 NC Communicable Disease Conference.

Safe Injection Champion Course

North Carolina is proud to partner with the Nebraska One and Only Campaign and offer an opportunity to become a Safe Injection Champion. A safe injection champion will have the following responsibilities: Stay updated on the latest safe injection practices by successfully completing one of the “Safe Injection Champion” courses Audit the injection practices in their facility Spread new information insuring the competency of the healthcare workers in their place of employment.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, providing 31 days to raise awareness of viral hepatitis in the United States. During May, agencies and offices across the federal government as well as state and local partners work to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for hepatitis B, testing for hepatitis B and C, the availability of effective care and curative treatment, and the serious health consequences resulting from undiagnosed and untreated viral hepatitis.

The month-long observance includes Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These observances are important opportunities to raise more widespread awareness of viral hepatitis and its impact in the U.S. and expand our coordinated national efforts to improve the health of the estimated 850,000 people living with hepatitis B and 3.5 million people living with hepatitis C.

State Injection Safety Resources

Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care

Click here to view and download the new NC DPH publication "Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care."

 

Infection Control Report Blog

Information from NC SPICE and NC DPH about healthcare-associated infections, including injection safety, can be found at the Infection Control Report Blog.

 

New CDC Guidelines on Injection Safety within Dental Settings

Injection safety applies to various health settings, including dental care. The CDC recently provided recommendations to prevent infection and uphold injection safety within dental settings. It includes:

  • Infection prevention program administrative measures,
  • Infection prevention education and training,
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette,
  • Updated safe injection practices, and
  • Administrative measures for instrument processing.

The guidelines can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines/index.htm

 

Stay Informed on Safe Injection Practice News and Events

The goal of the North Carolina One & Only Campaign is to attract individuals who want to
make a difference through injection safety. The campaign encourages healthcare
organizations and individuals to promote public awareness of safe
injection practices. Join the NC One & Only Campaign by emailing the NC Surveillance for Healthcare Associated and Resistant Pathogens Patient Safety (SHARPPS) Program at nchai[at]dhhs.nc[dot]gov, and share free One & Only Campaign training materials with your health facility.

 

2012 NC Communicable Disease Conference Poster

Click here to see the 2012 Communicable Disease Conference poster from the NC One & Only Campaign.