Syringe Reuse and Mishandling of Injectable Medications by Health Care Personnel- Actions for Prevention and Response

Summary and Recommended Actions for Prevention and Response in the U.S., 2012-2018

February 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Safe Injection Practices Coalition and its One & Only Campaign, a public health effort to eliminate unsafe medical injections. Targeted educational efforts have reminded healthcare providers about the basics of injection safety, but there is still more to be done.

The recent Mayo Clinic Proceedings study summarizes patient notifications about potential exposures to blood-contaminated medications or injection equipment from 2012 through 2018. These new data bring the total number of US patients notified since 2001 to nearly 200,000.

Since 2001, nearly 200,000 patients in the US have been notified of possible exposure to hepatitis B or C virus or HIV because of syringe reuse or mishandling of injectable medications. Learn more

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