Jackie Rowles' One and Only Press Conference Message

February 11, 2009

Text from Jackie Rowles' One and Only Press Conference Message

Good afternoon.
I’m Jackie Rowles, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from Indianapolis and president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. I am here representing the nation’s 40,000 nurse anesthetists who provide more than 30 million safe anesthetics to patients each year in the United States.  As anesthesia specialists, the use of needles, syringes, medication vials, and IV tubing is part of our daily routine as we prepare our patients to undergo surgery, deliver a baby, or receive trauma stabilization care in the emergency room. During these procedures we commonly administer anesthetic drugs and other medications using accepted injection techniques. In my own practice, which is a somewhat unique specialty within nurse anesthesia, I administer multiple types of injections for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain.
For the vast majority of nurse anesthetists across the country—indeed, for the vast majority of all healthcare providers who administer injections—quality assurance and patient safety is our mantra. There simply is no room for, excuse for, or reason for putting a patient at risk of infectious disease by reusing a needle or syringe.  Not ever.  Managing case load isn’t a good reason.  Saving money on supplies isn’t a good reason.  Lack of knowledge of the accepted standards of practice isn’t a good reason.  Being told by a superior you must practice in an unacceptable manner isn’t a good reason.  Simply put, there is no good reason for these “Never Events” to happen.
The message of the Coalition and the One & Only Campaign reflects the CDC guidelines and the infection control standards of practice for nurse anesthetists and other healthcare specialists: One needle, one syringe, one use on one patient, and then safely dispose of the needle and syringe in an appropriate container.
The message is as simple, powerful, and unyielding as the number “1” itself.
Thank you.
Safe Injection Practices Education and Awareness Campaign
Coalition for Patients Rights