Public Health

One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time
New Jersey is one of three states piloting a new public health campaign to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The program entitled, “The One & Only Campaign” seeks to ensure that patients are protected each and every time they receive a medical injection. It is also designed to eliminate outbreaks of infections resulting from unsafe injection practices. Unsafe practices include inserting used needles into multi-dose vial or solution containers, using a single needle or syringe to administer medication to multiple patients, and preparing medications in the same workspace where used needles and syringes are present. Upon completion of the pilot campaigns, the One & Only Campaign will expand to additional states and eventually nationwide. Nevada and New York are the other two states currently taking part in the program.

As part of the program, New Jersey has formed partnerships with professional organizations and malpractice insurers and has established a multidisciplinary advisory group. Planned activities in New Jersey include presentations and conferences for healthcare professionals throughout the state to reinforce basic infection control and safe injection practices by showing the harm that poor practices can cause. Nevada’s pilot program includes radio and television commercials, advertising in movie theaters and direct mailings.

Since 1999, more than 125,000 patients in the United States have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV due to oversights in basic infection control practices. Learn more about the One & Only Campaign by visiting the NJDHSS Communicable Diseases webpage, and by viewing this video.

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