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Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the prevalence of injection outbreaks caused by unsafe injection practices
  • Understand safety culture improvements that will increase safe injection practices
  • Identify Never Events associated with injections
  • Demonstrate appropriate use and disposal of injection equipment, including syringes, vials (single- and multi-dose), and bags, in the context of a single or multiple patients
  • Use appropriate PPE and perform hand hygiene prior to performing injections

Course Description

This course examines safe and unsafe injection practices surrounding the use of syringes, vials, and other injection equipment in the context of single or multiple patients.

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of Daniel J. Sexton, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA Director, Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON)

Dr. Sexton is a Professor of Medicine at Duke University, whose research focuses on healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Using data collected by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON), Dr. Sexton and his colleagues have focused on the following areas of research:

  • The accuracy and reliability of surveillance definitions used to document and trend rates of HAIs
  • Outcomes of HAIs (both financial and clinical) with particular emphasis on bloodstream and surgical site infections
  • Trends in HAIs due to pathogens resistant to common antimicrobial agents
  • Temporal and geographic variations in the occurrence of pathogens such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus, E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • The prevention and control of HAIs with particular emphasis on the potential role of the environment in the transmission of HAIs

Did You Know...

  • There have been at least 50 major outbreaks due to unsafe injection practices since 2001
  • Hundreds have been harmed and some killed
  • Over 150,000 patients required notification to undergo testing because of potential exposure
  • A study by CDC and CMS found that 66% of certified surgical centers had lapses in basic infection control

Course at a Glance

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40 Minutes

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Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON)

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