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FDA Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 25, 2015.
The practice of using multi-dose insulin pens, meant for single patient use only, among multiple patients has been linked to health care–associated infections. This announcement outlines federal labeling requirements to raise awareness of the risks associated with this practice to prevent misuse of the devices.
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Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This Web site provides information about government initiatives to research and prevent health care–associated infections.
Patient Safety: HHS Has Taken Steps to Address Unsafe Injection Practices, but More Action Is Needed.
Kohn LT. Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; July 2012. Publication GAO-12-712.
Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2011.
This report suggests strategies to prevent infections in the outpatient setting and provides links to more detailed infection prevention information.
Renal Physicians Association.
This Web site provides toolkits, educational modules, and an annotated bibliography to support quality improvement efforts for nephrology providers, and identifies best practice strategies for avoiding the Five Adverse Patient Safety Events in renal care.
Shojania KG, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, Wachter RM, eds. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2001. AHRQ Publication No. 01-E058.
Most evidence reports are placed on shelves and gather dust. This one, which reviewed the state of the evidence behind nearly 80 different safety practices (including computerized order entry, use of pharmacists on rounds, methods to prevent falls and nosocomial infections, and interventions to create a culture of safety), became quite influential, in part because it was the first effort to subject safety practices to the same scrutiny as other clinical practices in terms of their evidence of effectiveness. Nearly 100,000 copies of the report have been obtained from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and its now-famous list of the top 11 practices became the focus of many a new patient safety program at hospitals around the nation. The report served as one of the intellectual underpinnings of subsequent rankings of practices such as those by the National Quality Forum and the Leapfrog Group. It also engendered a spirited debate between those who advocated a practical approach to the adoption of safety practices and those promoting a more evidence-based approach. Readers are cautioned that evidence reports have limited shelf-lives, and it is worth reviewing recent literature before adopting even the most highly rated practices in this report.