5 Top Resources for Safe Injection Practices

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As noted in recent reports, including a special report on Infection Prevention Violations in ASCs, safe injection practices are under intense scrutiny by federal and state regulators, and accreditation organizations.

Unsafe injection practices put patients and healthcare providers at risk of infectious and non-infectious adverse events. They have been associated with a wide variety of procedures and settings.

Infection Control Consulting Services has identified the following as five sources of information that can help organizations improve in their efforts to follow safe injection practices. Note: There is no cost associated with accessing and using any of the following resources.

1. One & Only Campaign — The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC). The One & Only Campaign website provides a variety of tools and information for patients and providers.

2. CDC Injection Safety Information for Providers — The CDC is a great source of information and best practices on a wide variety of topics, including safe injection practices. This webpage provides a number of tools, including injection safety FAQs, posters and brochures.

3. ASC Quality Collaboration Safe Injection Practices Toolkit — The ASC Quality Collaboration provides a lengthy list of materials for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to reference as part of their improvement efforts. Tools include training and monitoring materials, implementation aids and guidelines.

4. World Health Organization Injection Safety — The World Health Organization (WHO) identified unsafe injection practices as an international issue. This section of the WHO website shares WHO's strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injection, and provides a variety of materials worth reviewing, including the "WHO guideline on the use of safety-engineered syringes for intramuscular, intradermal and subcutaneous injections in health-care settings" and a toolbox with policy management tools, technical tools and other resources.

5. CDC's "Protect Patients Against Preventable Harm from Improper Use of Single–Dose/Single–Use Vials" — This statement describes the CDC's guidelines on appropriate use of single-dose vials to prevent disease transmission.

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.