Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Contamination

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Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Contamination

Healthcare personnel who give injections should adhere to safe injection practices, which include:
  • Adhering to the basic principles of aseptic technique when preparing and administering parenteral medications
  • Using a sterile, single-use, disposable needle and syringe for each injection administered
  • Never using a single-use needle/syringe to administer intravenous medication to multiple patients
  • Not reinserting the same needle into a multiple-dose vial of solution container (eg, saline bag)
  • Not preparing injectable medications in the same workspace where used needles/syringes are disassembled