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Take Your Best Shot: Injection Safety

Originally broadcast May 19, 2011

Dr. Gus Birkhead
Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health
New York State Department of Health

Gina Pugliese
Vice President, Safety Institute
Premier Healthcare Alliance

Dr. Evelyn McKnight, Aud
Co-Founder of HONOReform Organization

Healthcare associated infections are a growing public health concern, including those associated with unsafe injection practices. Despite being highly preventable, unsafe injection practices are increasingly a problem in the United States. Since 1999, more than 130,000 patients in the U.S. have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV due to lapses in basic infection control procedures. 

This webcast's objectives are to: raise awareness of the problem among public health professionals, healthcare providers and patients; highlight the corrective efforts of the Safe Injection Practices Coalition’s “One and Only Campaign” in both New York state and nationwide; discuss how this problem might be eradicated through evidence-based education of the provider and empowerment of the consumer to ask appropriate questions; discuss means of disseminating the injection safety message through health education materials (posters, brochures, FAQs, provider training video, patient role-playing video).

Program Objectives:
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current research regarding unsafe injection practice and attendant patient exposures/infectious disease outbreaks
  • Describe the impact of unsafe injection practice on patients, the community and public health agencies
  • Identify means of empowering medical consumers (patients) and staff to "speak up"
  • Identify educational resources available via the “One and Only Campaign” to raise awareness of the importance of injection safety (posters, brochures, Provider Training video)