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Take Your Best Shot: Injection Safety

Originally broadcast May 19, 2011

Speakers:
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)