CDC Highlights Importance of Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices
June 7, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
To reduce the incidence of infections and outbreaks related to unsafe injection practices, appropriately manufactured medications must be safely prepared then administered in a manner that maintains sterility, states an article published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) May 31, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. According to CDC, when administering injectable medications, healthcare providers should never administer medications from the same syringe to more than one patient, enter a vial with a used syringe or needle, or administer medications from single-dose vials to multiple patients. In addition, proper aseptic technique should be maintained at all times, and used injection equipment should be properly disposed of.