CDC Outbreak Report is Reminder of Proper Use of Single Dose/Single Use Vials

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07/13/12
On July 12th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing two life-threatening outbreaks that occurred when healthcare providers used medication from single-dose/single-use vials for multiple patients undergoing treatment for pain. At least 10 patients contracted life-threatening staph or MRSA infections and had to be hospitalized.

Clinicians are encouraged to check their practices against CDC's Injection Safety Recommendations. In addition, CDC offers healthcare providers a toolkit featuring a narrated PowerPoint presentation that is ideal for staff meetings, seminars, and other education opportunities.

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