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Proceedings-Safe Injections Meeting

Safer designs for safer injections: Innovations in process, products, and practices

The Premier healthcare alliance in collaboration with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition hosted an open meeting: Safer designs for safer injections: Innovations in process, products and practices on April 26, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC.

The meeting brought together nearly 200 stakeholders representing government, public health, clinicians, professional and accreditation organizations, product manufacturers and patients to raise awareness and continue the national dialogue on expanding safer and innovative approaches and product designs to protect patients and prevent infections related to unsafe injection practices.

The meeting arose out of growing concern about the risks for transmitting infections during routine healthcare procedures involving intravenous/parenteral injections and medication delivery. In the past decade, failures to follow safe injection practices (e.g., misuse of syringes, needles, and vials) in a variety of U.S. healthcare settings resulted in more than 30 outbreaks of infectious diseases, including hepatitis C, and notification of more than 125,000 patients. More about this issue.

The recommendations developed by meeting attendees included collaboration among stakeholders, adherence to clinical best practices, surveillance, innovative product designs and patient education to eliminate the risk of infections from reuse of syringes and single dose vials and other unsafe injection practices. According to participants ensuring safe injection practices in all healthcare settings will require a focus on monitoring current practices with increased oversight and enforcement; education and empowerment of clinicians and patients; and redesign of devices, products and processes to reduce risk. Further education and enforcement of safe injection guidelines already developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was strongly recommended.

Download the meeting proceedings – A comprehensive meeting summary, including presentations and recommendations.