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Patient Safety: HHS Has Taken Steps to Address Unsafe Injection Practices, but More Action Is Needed
Linda T. Kohn (au)
Recent outbreaks of blood-borne pathogens -- specifically hepatitis B and C -- that were linked to a specific health care facility or clinician have resulted when clinicians use unsafe injection practices. Such infections can have serious long-term consequences for patients, including cirrhosis or liver cancer. Of the known incidents of blood-borne pathogen outbreaks attributed to unsafe injection practices äóî which include reusing syringes for multiple patients äóî most have occurred in ambulatory care settings, such as ASCs and physician offices. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees injection practices by setting and enforcing health and safety standards that apply to ASCs but not physician offices. This report examines (1) available information on the extent and cost of blood-borne pathogen outbreaks related to unsafe injection practices in ambulatory care settings; (2) the changes in federal oversight to prevent unsafe injection practices in ambulatory care settings since 2009; and (3) other federal efforts to improve injection safety practices in ambulatory care settings. This is a print on demand report.
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