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Injection Safety

Injected medications are commonly used in healthcare settings for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various illnesses. Unsafe injection practices put patients and healthcare providers at risk of infectious and non-infectious adverse events. Unsafe injection practices have been associated with a wide variety of procedures and settings. This harm is preventable. Encompassed by Standard Precautions, safe injection practices are aimed at maintaining basic levels of patient safety and provider protections. As defined by the World Health Organization, 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.