Injection safety is part of the minimum expectation for safe care anywhere healthcare is delivered; yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has had to investigate outbreak after outbreak of life-threatening infections caused by injection errors. How can this completely preventable problem continue to go unchecked? Lack of initial and continued infection control training, denial of the problem, reimbursement pressures, drug shortages, and lack of appreciation for the consequences have all been used as excuses; but in 2012 there is no acceptable excuse for an unsafe injection in the United States.
The CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) have created a suite of new materials to make it easier for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to learn about and follow safe injection practices.
Clinicians want to protect their patients and provide the best care possible. By requiring that everyone on the staff is educated about and is following safe injection practices is an essential step toward this goal.