APIC Updates Safe Injection Practices Position Paper

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has announced it has updated its position paper, "Safe injection, infusion, and medication vial practices in health care (2016)."

This version replaces the previous 2010 paper.

As APIC notes in the updated paper, "The transmission of bloodborne viruses and other microbial pathogens to patients during routine healthcare procedures continues to occur because of the use of improper injection, infusion, medication vial, and point-of-care testing practices by healthcare personnel (HCP). These unsafe practices occur in various clinical settings throughout the United States and result in unacceptable and devastating events for patients."

APIC provides recommendations in the following areas:
  • Aseptic technique
  • Transporting medications
  • IV solutions
  • Flushing
  • Injectables in the OR
  • Syringes and needles
  • Medication vials
  • Drug diversion
  • Point-of-care testing
  • Blood glucose management
  • HCP
  • Oversight and enforcement

"Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) is pleased to receive this updated position paper," says Phenelle Segal, founder of ICCS, a leading, nationwide provider of comprehensive infection prevention services. "Viral bloodborne illnesses continues to threaten the safety and welfare of patients and staff."

To access this and other APIC position papers, click here.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

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.