According to a new study in Medical Care, between 2001 and 2011, at least 130,000 patients were potentially exposed to life-threatening diseases after their clinicians failed to follow safe injection practices. In this age of high-tech care, it is difficult to image that these types of basic infection control breaches still happen. However, many healthcare providers simply arent aware that they are putting their patients at risk.
The Safe Injection Practices Coalition, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released today a toolkit to help office-based clinicians, as well as inpatient staff members, double check their practices. This meeting in a box, is an excellent resource for use during staff meetings, grand rounds, and other seminars. It includes a narrated PowerPoint and print materials to help educate and remind healthcare providers about safe injection practices.
An online version of the toolkit can be found at www.oneandonlycampaign.org.