News & Events
NY One & Only Campaign Hosts Twitter Chat for Patient Safety Awareness Week
The New York One & Only Campaign held a Twitter Chat on injection safety on March 9, 2015, in conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week. The "conversation" was lively with many questions asked about reasons behind unsafe injections, concerns about proper injection safety technique and the patient safety ramifications of issues like healthcare provider diversion of medication (in particular, diversion of medication with substitution of another liquid into that used needle-syringe which might be placed back in the patient medication cart for use on a subsequent patient). Among those participating (and re-tweeting) were the Nurse Practitioners Association-NY, HONOReform (Hepatitis Outbreaks National Organization for Reform), MLMIC (Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Corporation), national APIC, Centers for Disease Control/One & Only Campaign and many others.
NY One & Only Workgroup Members Attend Geneva WHO Conference-Historic Call for "Smart" Syringe Use
New York One & Only Campaign workgroup members Evelyn McKnight and Steve Langan of HONOReform (Hepatitis Outbreaks National Organization for Reform) are pictured here attending the World Health Organization Conference (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. On February 23, 2015, the WHO issued a press release calling for worldwide use of "smart" syringes (those specifically engineered so they cannot be reused). Evelyn McKnight was one of 99 patients who contracted hepatitis C in Nebraska after healthcare provider reuse of syringes and misuse of saline bags as a common source of supply for patients during chemotherapy treatment.
Test Your Knowledge! You Might Be Surprised By This Podcast On Injection Safety Questions
The New York One & Only Campaign is pleased to announce the release of a new podcast entitled “Injection Safety: What You Might Not Know”. It includes an interview with Guthrie Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Commissioner, Office of Science, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), as Dr. Birkhead tackles tough questions about titration, batching and potential transmission of infectious disease by glucometer. Some of these questions have been posed by real-life practitioners.
NY Workgroup Member Holds Needle & Injection Safety Seminar
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center held three Safety Seminars for any interested staff members on Needle and Injection Safety, February 2nd. One & Only Campaign materials were included in the presentations which drew 36 participants despite inclement weather. Many thanks to Brookdale for making the seminar "paid time" for staffers.
One & Only Campaign Materials Included in NY "Certificate of Need" Process
As of January 15, 2015, the New York One & Only Campaign began supplying copies of the infographic "Impacts of Unsafe Medical Injections" with hard-copy mailings that go out from the New York State Department of Health Certificate of Need process, called Operating Certificates or "Op Certs". These certificates go out to healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, endoscopy centers and dialyisis centers, among other settings. This is an important method of outreach for the New York One & Only Campaign, as the materials will accompany high-profile mailings to settings we are trying to reach.