“Single Use” Only = Safe Injection Practices

Last February 2010, I wrote a blog when I observed some nurses re-using syringes. I couldn’t believe that a nurse would actually re-use a syringe but it happened and I was there to see it.  Here’s my blog post in case you missed it…“Single Use Only”

I wanted to believe that it was an isolated incident but since I wrote that blog, I have found many articles related to this very issue and continued to see nurses re-use syringes. I started to think I was the only one concerned about this but a few days ago, I saw a blog post from the CDC entitled – “No, it’s not ok to re-use that syringe”.

Although the majority of U.S. healthcare professionals are following recommended safe injection practices, some are putting patients at risk through the reuse of syringes and single-dose vials, according to a peer-reviewed study authored by the Premier healthcare alliance in 2010 December’s American Journal of Infection Control.

This CDC blog post validated my suspicion that I was not the only one disturbed by the “syringe re-use” problem, and it made me very happy to know about the “One and Only Campaign”a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The campaign aims to eradicate outbreaks resulting from unsafe injection practices. 

One and Only Campaign!

The goal of the One & Only Campaign is to ensure patients are protected each and every time they receive a medical injection. This will be attained by empowering patients and re-educating healthcare providers regarding safe injection practices. Targeted education and awareness campaigns focus on influencing the culture of patient safety.

Patients and providers must both insist on nothing less than One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time for each and every injection. This practice will greatly reduce the risk of contracting hepatitis and other infections through medical injection.

There are a lot of information on the One & Only Campaign  website. I would encourage you visit and take the time to read information on safe injection practices for healthcare providers.  I would highly recommend the FAQs on safe practices for medical injections and the safe injection practices video.

Single use….is single use!!! Let’s spread the word to increase awareness, demystify myths, and help our colleagues understand injection safety is every healthcare provider’s responsibility!!