GAO patient safety report GAO-12-712: HHS has taken steps to address unsafe injection practices


Intravenous news: GAO report “Recent outbreaks of blood-borne pathogens specifically hepatitis B and C—that were linked to a specific health care facility or clinician have resulted when clinicians use unsafe injection practices. Such infections can have serious long-term consequences for patients, including cirrhosis or liver cancer. Of the known incidents of blood-borne pathogen outbreaks attributed to unsafe injection practices—which include reusing syringes for multiple patients—most have occurred in ambulatory care settings, such as ASCs and physician offices.”

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