Injection safety

About injection safety

Injection practices, their determinants and their consequences

"I will follow that system of regimen which according to my ability and judgement I consider best for the benefit of my patients and abstain from whatever is deleterous and mischievous."
-Extract from the Hypocratic Oath, The World Medical Association Handbook of Declarations, 1985, World Medical Association, Inc.

Find out how injection are overused, how unsafe injection practices are common and how the combination of these two factors transmit bloodborne pathogens on a large scale. Understand the cost of the complacency that has developed over poor injection practices. Brief yourself with the recommended approach to achieve safe and appropriate use of injections. Surprise yourself with the success stories worldwide.

WHO work for the safe and appropriate use of injection worldwide

The WHO strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injections worldwide has four objectives: (1) formulating national policies and plans for the safe and appropriate use of injections, (2) ensuring quality and safety of injection equipment, (3) facilitating equitable access to injection equipment and (4) achieving appropriate, rational and cost effective use of injections. This strategy is an integral part of the strategies of the Department of Department of Health Policy, Development and Services (HDS).

Ensuring the safe and appropriate use of injections at country level

This section proposes a framework to assist Ministries of Health in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating national policies and plans for the safe and appropriate use of injection.