Broward Health has recently become a member of the One & Only Campaign, a public safety campaign to promote safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. By teaming up with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, the organization is joining professional groups, healthcare systems, provider groups, private companies and others dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of injection safety.
While patient protection is a priority and injection safety is critical to healthcare work, unsafe injection practices still happen. In fact, more than 150,000 people have been impacted by dozens of preventable outbreaks of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV over the last decade, due to unsafe injection practices. Some of these outbreaks involved healthcare providers reusing syringes, resulting in contamination of medication vials or containers that were used then on subsequent patients.
The One & Only Campaign seeks to eradicate outbreaks from unsafe injection practices by empowering patients and healthcare providers to insist on nothing less than One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time for every injection.