Joint Commission Issues Alert on Unsafe Injectable Practices

The Joint Commission wants healthcare organizations to pay more attention to risks associated with improper use of injectable medicines, and to do something about the problem.

“Patients visiting a clinic for an injection to relieve their pain or for chemotherapy don’t expect to leave with a new condition such as hepatitis, but unfortunately thousands of patients have been adversely affected in this way when they received an injection at their doctor’s office or in the hospital,” the commission notes in a statement.

In the Sentinel Event Alert June 16 issue, entitled “Preventing Infection from the Misuse of Vials,” the commission describes factors that contribute to the misuse of vials and offers strategies to curb the problem. More.*

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