Safe Injection Practices: Establishing the Habit in Residency

Guest Author: Aaron R. Ducoffe, MDUS Department of Health and Human Services In my first few weeks as a Health Policy and Quality Fellow, I immediately became intrigued with the CDC’s One & Only Campaign and its applicability to my former and upcoming planned specialties. I have learned in residency that a physician’s best and […]

Not Worth the Risk: Failing to Implement Basic Safe Injection Techniques

Guest Author: Andrew Engel, MDInternational Spine Intervention Society The International Spine Intervention Society supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safe injection practices. As a strong proponent of using evidence-based medicine and safe injection practices, the International Spine Intervention Society agrees with the message espoused by CDC’s new Key Standards for Pain Clinics [PDF […]

Safe Diabetes Care: Insulin Pens are ONE Person ONLY

Guest Author: Ann L. Albright, PhD, RD Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes is a chronic condition that is a 24/7 responsibility for everyone who has it. Diligence is necessary to manage diabetes, since its highs and lows can strike while we are otherwise busy with life. It is […]

Moving the Needle to Safe Dentistry

Guest Author – John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, MBA Board Chairman, Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Because safe injection and sharps management practices are central to dentistry, the One & Only Campaign resonates strongly in the dental care sector. That is why the Organization for Safety Asepsis & Prevention (OSAP), the dental sector’s premier […]

Mind the “Learning Gap!”

Guest Author: Kim James, MS, FNP-BC Director, Occupational Health, Brookdale University Medical Center When teaching about Safe Injection/Safe Needle Practices, I always like to determine the students’ knowledge base regarding these principles. I’m often surprised to find that what I take for granted as a “given” is anything but! This is one reason why, at […]

Drug Diversion Defined: A Patient Safety Threat

Guest Author: Kimberly New, JD BSN RN President, Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators You may have seen some recent media reports about drug diversion. Today, I want to break down the issue of drug diversion and…