Video promotes importance of safe needlestick practices

June 11, 2013

A video, which follows an animated man through an unnerving experience in the healthcare system, is being used to promote the best practices when dealing with needles and medical sharps.

As part of his medical journey, the man receives a unsafe injection and the footage has won the top prize in the third annual Film Festival at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

It was created by a team consisting of members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), as part of their One & Only Campaign, to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.

The CDC estimates that more than 150,000 patients have been affected by incorrectly administered injections since 2001 and has reported 48 outbreaks which can be linked to this unsafe method. These instances have included people contracting hepatitis B and C, as well as numerous bacterial infections.

The "Safe Injection Practices - How to Do It Right" video follows an animated man called Joe, as he is exposed to an infection after receiving an unsafe injection. It follows him along a ten-day journey that highlights the snowball effect that can occur when one person contracts a disease.

During Joe's journey it is demonstrated how, by sticking to the guidelines recommended by the CDC, his situation could have been improved or completely avoided in the first instance. As part of his experience he is readmitted, which would increase medical bills, and the potential of further spreading the infection.

The video also illustrates the wider implications of the character's infection and emphasises the importance of upholding infection-control practices to keep patients and healthcare workers safe.

It delivers the message: "You only get one opportunity to protect the one and only Joe."

Chair of the 2013 Annual Conference Committee Karen Hoffmann said: "Given the impact unsafe injection practices have on the spread of infections, we feel that this video can be a great tool to raise awareness among healthcare providers and consumers." 

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