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By Judith Graham
VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drugs to All Veterans in Its Health System

 
Orange Count Registry
Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
 
CBS News Investigates
Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford
Dr. Raymond Schinazi played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA
 
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Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
We're looking at a company who is milking a cash cow for everything it's worth," Sanders said. 
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic 12:27 a.m. EDT June 21, 2015
 


VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
, The Republic | azcentral.com 11:51 a.m. MST June 19, 2015
Dr. David Ross, the VA's director public-health pathogens programs, resigned from the working group. "I cannot in good conscience continue to work on a plan for rationing care to veterans," he wrote.
 


VA Region Stops Referring Patients To Outside Hospitals Thanks To Budget Shortfall
Michael Volpe Contributor ...According to a memo — the entire region has been forced to stop all “non-VA care” referrals due to a budget shortfall.
 

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OIG INVESTIGATES VA CHOICE PROGRAM PROBLEMS
Sen. Mark Kirk admitted the VA Choice Program is a failed joke in a letter to Secretary Bob McDonald despite attempts to fix it.
 

 
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These unfortunate events serve as a reminder of the serious consequences of failure to maintain strict adherence to safe injection practices during patient care. Injection safety and other basic infection control practices are central to patient safety.

All healthcare providers are urged 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
  • Do not enter a vial with a used syringe or needle

 

 

Old Standards for
Injection Safety

 

COMPARE: Transcript

1 Needle + 1 Syringe + 1 Time = 0 Infections

 

CDC: Current standards for injection safety
http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/providers.html

CDC Provider Information on Injection Safety

 

Information for Providers  medical Provider

Recent investigations undertaken by state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified improper use of syringes, needles, and medication vials during routine healthcare procedures, such as administering injections. These practices have resulted in one or more of the following:

  • Transmission of bloodborne viruses, including hepatitis C virus to patients
  • Notification of thousands of patients of possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens and recommendation that they be tested for HCV, HBV, and HIV
  • Referral of providers to licensing boards for disciplinary action
  • Malpractice suits filed by patients

These unfortunate events serve as a reminder of the serious consequences of failure to maintain strict adherence to safe injection practices during patient care. Injection safety and other basic infection control practices are central to patient safety. All healthcare providers are urged 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
  • Do not enter a vial with a used syringe or needle

Hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, and HIV can be spread from patient to patient when these simple precautions are not followed. Additional protection is offered when medication vials can be dedicated to a single patient. It is important that:

  • Medications packaged as single-use vials never be used for more than one patient
  • Medications packaged as multi-use vials be assigned to a single patient whenever possible
  • Bags or bottles of intravenous solution not be used as a common source of supply for more than one patient
  • Absolute adherence to proper infection control practices be maintained during the preparation and administration of injected medications

Continuing Education Activity (CME/CNE/CEU)

Slide Presentations

COCA Conference Call – A “Never” Event: Unsafe Injection Practices (March 27, 2008)

Injection Safety FAQs for Providers

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Safe Injection Practices Video
The Safe Injection Practices video
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