Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Unsafe Injection Practices More Common at Clinics

The Wall Street Journal notes that "Unsafe injection practices are one of the leading causes of infections in doctors' offices, outpatient clinics and long-term-care facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" and "although most health-care workers are aware of the dangers of reusing needles, other injection guidelines aren't always followed, including disposing of syringes after each use." The "medical experts are mainly concerned about unsafe injection practices at non-hospital facilities, where a growing number of patients receive care," because those "facilities are not as tightly regulated as hospitals."

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