More than 150,000 patients have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis and HIV due to unsafe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings since 2001. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical injections are an overlooked source of infections and outbreaks.
To better protect patients from this ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation is partnering with Eli Lilly and Company to support and expand CDCs Safe Injection Practices Coalitiona group of public health, medical and industry organizations collaborating to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.
The partnership will extend the reach of Safe Injection Practices Coalitions One & Only Campaign, an injection safety awareness campaign that has produced and distributed educational and multimedia tools for health care providers and patients. This partnership will also support the expansion of the coalitions activities, resources and tools for provider training and education, as well as patient empowerment. Funding will also support dissemination of safe injection messages using social media, YouTube, electronic continuing medical education, advertising and print materials for providers and patients. The CDC encourages you to like the One & Only Campaign on Facebook today.
Through this three-year partnership with Lilly, CDC will:
Expand the One & Only Campaign to new audiences such as individual and group-owned physician practices;
Educate health care providers through new and enhanced training and communication materials to address emerging issues;
Improve the Safe Injection Practices Coalition website and social media platforms to share resources and toolkits with new audiences; and
Engage new and existing Safe Injection Practices Coalition partners.