8/29/14

Safe Injection Practices Resource: Downloadable Survey From Wisconsin Department of Health Services


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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, like many such state departments, provides a wealth of valuable programs, services and resources to help providers deliver safe, quality care to patients.

One of the many resources provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is a free, downloadable Sample Safe Infection Practices Survey (pdf). Note: An adaptable version is provided by the ASC Quality Collaboration. Access this version here (.doc).

Safe injection practices are aimed at maintaining basic levels of patient safety and provider protections. According to the World Health Organization, a safe injection does not harm the recipient, does not expose the provider to any avoidable risks and does not result in waste that is dangerous for the community.

The three-page survey provides a long list of items to observe, broken down by category, and space to provide an assessment (satisfactory, needs improvement, unsatisfactory), recommendations for improvement when such recommendations were implemented, and the policy number associated with the item.

A note in the sample survey suggests the survey may be used to observe staff practices as a first step toward improving injection safety. Considering adapting the survey for use in your facility.

If you have questions about safe injection practices or infection prevention and control, contact infection prevention consultant Phenelle Segal of Infection Control Consulting Services.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.

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