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Contaminated stem cell products leave patients with bacterial infections


CDC is investigating bacterial infections in patients who have received
stem cell products from the ReGen Series® (distributed by Liveyon, LLC).
Most of these patients developed symptoms such as pain, swelling, or
chills within a few days of receiving the stem cell products. Liveyon,
LLC, recalled these products on September 28, 2018.

SHEA Expert Guidance: Infection Prevention in the Operating Room Anesthesia Work Area

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has published Expert Guidance on infection prevention in the operating room anesthesia work area. Their guidance includes recommendations related to hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, injection safety and more.

An Unsafe Practice: Reuse of Prefilled Saline Flush

This recent article in Pharmacy Times reviews known instances of unsafe injection practices, and in some cases, the outbreaks that resulted. Recommendations are made around staff education, policies and procedures, and surveillance.

New Online AJIC Survey Shows 12% of Physicians and 3% of Nurses See Syringe Reuse in Their Workplace


A discussion of an upcoming AJIC article reveals alarming statistics reported by physicians and nurses across eight states about injection safety practices in their workplaces. Of the physicians surveyed, 12 percent indicate syringe reuse at their workplace in addition to 3 percent of nurses. This abstract gives an overview of the study and results. Please read, share, and discuss with others at your workplace.

Lessons from an Outbreak Investigation: Improving Medication Preparation, Use and Other Infection Control Practices In Outpatient Oncology Clinics

CDC Webinar

In case you missed April’s CDC webinar “Lessons from an Outbreak Investigation: Improving Medication Preparation, Use and Other Infection Control Practices In Outpatient Oncology Clinics," please find an archived version here. The above link includes the recorded webinar, continuing education information, as well as past webinars from CDC’s Tune In To Safe Healthcare Series.

State Injection Safety Resources

Vermont's One and Only Campaign

Unsafe injections are a concern in Vermont and across the country. To promote education, and to increase patient safety in all healthcare settings, Vermont has decided to team up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) One and Only Campaign as a partner state.
Together, we can ensure every injection is safe every time. Please join our campaign to help make a difference in Vermont! Share One and Only Campaign training materials at your healthcare facility or contact us to schedule in-person education and training sessions.


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