Launch of Free CME/CE Continuing Education Activity on Safe Injection Practices for Healthcare Providers available on Medscape.org

July 13, 2011

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Safe Injection Practices Coalition, One and Only Campaign

News Release,  Atlanta, GA, July 13, 2011 – The Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) is pleased to announce the launch of a free continuing education (CME, CE) activity for healthcare providers  titled “Unsafe Injection Practices: Outbreaks, Incidents, and Root Causes” on Medscape. Medscape is an accredited CME/CE/CPE education provider. This engaging video roundtable features expert faculty and focuses on safe injection practices for all healthcare providers.

In the last decade, more than 130,000 patients in the United States have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV due to lapses in basic infection control practices. Many of these lapses involved healthcare providers reusing syringes, resulting in contamination of medication vials or containers which were then used on subsequent patients. The Medscape activity will educate healthcare providers about safe injection practices, helping to dispel common myths and emphasizing basic infection control methods that can be applied to any healthcare setting.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see outbreaks of blood-borne diseases, like hepatitis, due to unsafe injection practices in healthcare settings. These events are 100% preventable,” said Lisa Thiemann, Senior Director, Professional Practice Division of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and SIPC member. “This new CME activity is applicable to all healthcare providers that are responsible for giving injections of any type – from routine vaccinations to flushing chemotherapy ports.”

The Medscape injection safety continuing education activity can be found at http://www.medscape.org/ viewarticle/745695.

The SIPC’s One & Only Campaign materials are highlighted in the continuing education activity. The Campaign’s goal is to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. By practicing the Campaign’s slogan, One Needle, One Syringe, and Only One Time for each and every injection, the risk of contracting hepatitis and other infections through medical injection will be greatly reduced.

Although it applies to healthcare providers in a wide range of in- and outpatient settings, the no-cost certified continuing education activity is being released in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s“Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care.”

Founded in June 2008, the SIPC is comprised of patient advocacy organizations, foundations, provider associations, industry partners and the CDC. The SIPC focuses its efforts on advancing and promoting safe injection practices by informing and educating healthcare professionals and the public, especially in outpatient settings. Issues of particular concern include the reuse of syringes and misuse of single-use and multi-dose vials.

SIPC partners include the following organizations:  Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC), BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), (CDC), CDC Foundation, Covidien, HONOReform Foundation, Hospira, MEDRAD, National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Nebraska Medical Association, Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA), Premier healthcare alliance, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-Safe Use Initiative (advisor).

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