The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has issued a statement from Kathy Warye, CEO of APIC, in conjunction with an article being published in the January issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine about outbreaks of hepatitis B and C in outpatient clinics nationwide. The outbreaks are linked to unsafe injection practices. In the statement Warye addresses the need for increased infection prevention measures in outpatient settings and also APIC’s work with HONOReform, a national coalition formed to bring a halt to unsafe needle practices in outpatient centers. APIC is providing educational resources and expertise to this effort spearheaded by a hepatitis C survivor. As this year progresses, APIC will play an increasingly active role in monitoring legislation and educating the profession about safe injection practices.
Warye’s statement is as follows: “A review article appearing in this month’s issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine identified 33 outbreaks of hepatitis B or C virus infection in
Warye continues, “As the nation’s largest infection prevention organization, APIC is very concerned by the mounting number of cases in which clinicians in ambulatory care settings failed to follow safe injection practices, causing outbreaks of serious infections and endangering the lives of patients. These outbreaks were preventable and should never have occurred. Consumers seek healthcare services to get better and should not be exposed to unnecessary risk. To raise awareness of the risks and ensure that clinicians understand the basics of safe injection practice, APIC is participating in HONOReform, a national coalition formed to bring a halt to unsafe needle practices in outpatient centers. HONOReform was founded by Evelyn McNight, a breast cancer survivor who received chemotherapy at a Freemont,
Warye adds further, “APIC offers a host of resources including Webinars, newsletters and a Guide to Infection Control in Ambulatory Care. APIC’s evidence-based elimination guides translate CDC guidelines into practice.”