The Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) and the One & Only Campaign have released new materials to make it easier for clinicians and others working in healthcare to learn and train others about following safe injection practices. Eradicating unsafe practices will take a multifaceted approach, and now is the time for action to ensure that no additional patients are harmed through unsafe injections.
The SIPC's new poster
were designed for healthcare providers as a reminder that insulin pens and similar devices for delivery of diabetes medications are meant for one person only and should never be shared.
SIPC supported the production of a short animated video
which provides an important reminder about the importance of using single dose vials one time for one patient. This “How to do it Right” video follows the story of Joe, a patient who ended up in the hospital with an infection as a result of unsafe injection practices.
Also introduced is a digital press kit
, a comprehensive set of resources for anyone interested in communicating about safe medical injections. The kit includes a fact sheet
about the impact of unsafe medical injections, an infographic
displaying key prevention steps and consequences of not following safe practices, a podcast
key subject matter expert bios and quotes, and information about the One & Only Campaign.
Lastly, SIPC developed a Bloodborne Pathogens Training
activity to remind healthcare providers that the measures they take to protect themselves from bloodborne pathogens and other infection exposures, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), also protect patients from healthcare associated infections. This training reinforces the message that safe injection practices and other basic infection prevention and control practices are critical for ensuring safety for everyone in a care setting.