Unsafe Injection Practices

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 […]

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A study published in the January issue of BMC International Health and Human Rights provides insight into injection practices of developing countries. Researchers performed a descriptive cross-sectional mixed type survey (qualitative and quantitative) to determine if selected government health facilities in Western Nepal satisfy the conditions for safe injections in terms of staff training, cialis […]

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HAIs in the News: The Tennessean, December 31, 2012 The Tennessean provides coverage of unsafe injection practices and Peter Eisler’s recent USA Today article. Evelyn McKnight, 57, contracted hepatitis C a decade ago while being treated for cancer at a Nebraska oncology clinic. The virus required six months of debilitating drug treatment on top of […]

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In the December 2012 issue of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, pharm Jeffrey Bomboy, order Patient Safety Liaison, malady Northeast Region, discusses the effects of drug shortages on unsafe infection practices. In this extremely important advisory article, Mr. Bomboy discusses how national drug shortages have become a factor in unsafe injection practices in healthcare facilities […]

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This past week, on July 12, 2012, the State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a health advisory about an investigation of unsafe injection practices occurring at two offices of Dr. Stephen M. Stein, a Colorado oral surgeon. The investigation revealed that unsafe injection practices occurred at Dr. Stein’s offices […]

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In a recent (July 13) issue of MMWR, the CDC has reported that 10 patients in Arizona and Delaware have contracted severe methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections after receiving care at outpatient facilities where practitioners improperly performed injections, specifically reusing medication from single-dose/single-use medication vials for multiple patients. In Delaware, seven patients were […]

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The state of Florida has filed administrative complaints against a doctor for her alleged unsafe injection practices that resulted in a hepatitis C outbreak occurring at a holistic medical clinic in Brandon, Florida. According to the Florida St. Petersburg Times, online edition tampabay.com, the “complaints allege that Dr. Carol Roberts failed to institute, monitor and […]

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A new CME/CE educational resource about unsafe injection practices is now available from Medscape Education Infectious Diseases.  Titled “Unsafe Injection Practices: Outbreaks, ask Incidents, buy cialis and Root Causes,” the course is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, Medscape Education, and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC). […]

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