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BD joins campaign to fight unsafe injection practices

13th March 2009

BD has joined a campaign aimed at promoting and advancing the safe practice of injecting in non-hospital settings.

Established in 2008, the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) targets healthcare patients and providers, and attempts to improve the procedure involved in this kind of medical technique, particularly in outpatient cases.

Some of the specific issues under the SIPC’s microscope include the misuse of multi-dose vials and the "common" reuse of syringes.

According to a study carried out in the US, unsafe injection practices exposed over 60,000 patients to hepatitis B and C in the last ten years.

The study was carried out by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

It included an interview with Evelyn McKnight, who contracted hep C via a reused syringe.

"These tragedies must be seen as ‘never events’, like operating on the wrong side of the brain or cutting off the wrong limb," she said.

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