Lauren Lollini and Evelyn McKnight of HONOReform are calling attention to unsafe injection practices with their new “Survivor Stories Blog.”
According to the CDC, since 1999, “more than 125,000 patients in the United States have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV due to unsafe injection practices. Many of these incidents involved healthcare providers reusing syringes, resulting in contamination of medication vials or containers which were used then on subsequent patients.”
As patients who contracted Hepatitis C from unsafe medical injections, Lauren and Evelyn know from firsthand experience how these exposures impact patient’s lives:
As survivors ourselves, we know firsthand how pervasively an outbreak affects lives. Everything changes for victims – their health, family life, ability to work, emotional well being. The community in which they live reels from the resulting litigation and damage to the medical community’s reputation.
Through the Survivor Stories Blog, Evelyn and Lauren hope to bring focused attention to the issue of unsafe injections in our healthcare system:
Along with telling survivors’ stories, we will share the educational, engineering and policy efforts in place and those proposed to prevent unsafe injections. Guest bloggers will frequently join us to comment on injection safety – and tell their stories. We want to use these stories and information to foster a healthcare system in which no American will have a story to tell about going to the doctor seeking good health, but coming away with a deadly disease.
For more information, visit the HONOReform Survivor Stories Blog. If you have a personal experience involving unsafe injections and you would like to share that information, email evelyn@HONOReform.org.
For more information about injection safety, visit http://www.oneandonlycampaign.org or http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/unsafepractices.html.