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CDC Report: Patients Harmed After Health Care Providers Steal Patients’ Drugs

Mayo Clinic Proceedings press release, CDC Report: Patients Harmed After Health Care Providers Steal Patients’ Drugs

When prescription medicines are stolen or used illegally, it is called drug diversion.One aspect of drug diversion that is not well recognized involves health care providers who steal controlled substances for their personal use. A report authored by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings -- outlines outbreaks of infections that have occurred as a result of healthcare providers stealing or tampering with their patients’ medications. These outbreaks revealed gaps in prevention, detection, and response to drug diversion. Read full press release

Doctors, medical staff on drugs put patients at risk

A USA TODAY review shows more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians and health care aides are abusing or dependent on prescription drugs in a given year, putting patients at risk.

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News Clips - CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

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CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

Partnership Expands the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Work with Healthcare-Associated Infections

More than 150,000 patients have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis and HIV due to unsafe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings since 2001. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical injections are an overlooked source of infections and outbreaks. To better protect patients from this ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation’s partnership with Eli Lilly and Company will support and expand CDC’s Safe Injection Practices Coalition—a group of public health, medical and industry organizations collaborating to raise awareness among patients and health care providers about safe injection practices...

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CDC releases toolkit to assist with patient notification events after unsafe medical practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new toolkit to assist health departments and healthcare facilities with notifying patients after an infection control lapse or potential disease transmission during medical care. The toolkit includes the key steps a healthcare facility or public health department should take to initiate a patient notification and provides resources to assist with creating notification documents, planning media and communication strategies, establishing communication resources to support patient notification, and releasing notification letters.

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