Injection Safety

Injected medicines are commonly used in healthcare settings for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various illnesses. Injection safety, or safe injection practices are measures taken to perform injections in an optimally safe manner for patients, healthcare providers, and others. A safe injection does not harm the recipient, does not expose the provider to any avoidable risks and does not result in waste that is dangerous for the community. Injection safety includes practices intended to prevent transmission of infectious diseases between one patient and another, or between a patient and healthcare provider, and also to prevent harms such as needlestick injuries.

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Date last modified: May 16, 2008
Content source: 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases