CDC: Study Says ASCs Lack Infection Control
Does your practice reuse single-dose medication vials? You may be surprised to learn that more than three-fourths (77 percent) of the facility managers who responded to an Outpatient Surgery Magazine online poll answered “Yes.”
The results of the August poll are alarming, but may explain the findings of a recent pilot study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) infection control audit tool. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed infection control lapses at two-thirds of the 68 participating ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in three states. More than half of the participating facilities were cited for infection control deficiencies related to medication administration. Common lapses included using single-dose medication vials for more than one patient (28 percent).
The CDC advises on its One & Only Campaign website for all health care providers to carefully review their infection control practices and the practices of all staff under their supervision. In particular, providers should ensure that staff:
- Never administer medications from the same syringe to more than one patient, even if the needle is changed; and
- Do not enter a vial with a used syringe or needle.
It also is important, the CDC says, that:
- Medications packaged as single-use vials never be used for more than one patient; and
- Medications packaged as multi-use vials be assigned to a single patient whenever possible.
The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and health care providers about safe injection practices. It is being piloted in Nevada and New York before expanding to additional states and eventually nationwide.
Learn more infection control guidelines by reading the One & Only Campaign’s healthcare provider brochure.