Injection safety: What you don’t know can hurt you

Each month, the APIC Communications Committee develops a backgrounder for consumers on infection prevention which is posted to the “Monthly alerts for consumers” page of APIC.org. Injection safety is the subject of this month’s feature, developed by Kim Whisman, RN, BSN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition

Since 2001, the CDC has reported nearly 50 outbreaks resulting from unsafe injection practices, with more than 150,000 patients affected. These outbreaks have included transmission of hepatitis B and C, as well as bacterial infections and occurred in many different kinds of healthcare facilities: hospitals, dialysis facilities, outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities.

Read more about safe injection practices in this month’s consumer backgrounder. Watch the 2013 APIC Film Festival winner about a man named “Joe” who got an infection due to unsafe injection practices.

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