Online Program

Check Your Steps! Make Every Injection Safe

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:09 p.m. - 12:13 p.m.

Julie Straw, MPH, CHES, Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, CDC Foundation/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Healthcare providers are the target audience for this video. Video content was based on CDC’s evidence-based guidelines and the One & Only Campaign’s Single-dose and Multi-dose Infographic Web page ( The script was developed in collaboration with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC). The SIPC is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The SIPC and One & Only Campaign are made possible by a CDC Foundation partnership with Eli Lilly and Company. Last year some additional funds were also provided to the Campaign by Premier Safety Institute and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.  

CDC has documented numerous outbreaks in which healthcare providers failed to follow safe injection practices, including many in which the providers thought they were taking the right steps. The continued reuse and misuse of syringes and medication vials has resulted in dozens of outbreaks and led to:

  • advisories for more than 150,000 patients to seek bloodborne pathogen testing,
  • patient illness and death,
  • loss of clinical licenses,
  • legal charges/malpractice suits, and even criminal charges.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Basic medical science applied in public health
Communication and informatics
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the steps healthcare providers need to take to ensure every medical injection is safe and that patients are protected from infection.

Keyword(s): Public health or related nursing, Communication and informatics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I helped develop the video by gathering feedback from CDC's subject-matter experts and stakeholders in the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. I helped write the script and worked closely with the design agency, Toolbox9 to create storyboards and the final video product.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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