For Nurses and Allied Staff

Safe Injection Practices: Core Competencies and Responsibilities for all Healthcare Workers

Injections are the most basic and common procedure in healthcare. Hundreds of millions of injections are performed each year. However, unsafe injection practices have led to transmission of bloodborne pathogens, such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV, to previously healthy people in several high-profile and widely-publicized outbreaks. Compromises to patient safety and placing patients at risk of infections with bloodborne pathogens are not acceptable. The responsibility rests on the healthcare provider to perform injections in the safest possible manner.

Instructions for Completion
This course is a multimedia presentation and includes a pre-course survey, post-course survey and an evaluation form. Completion of the course will take approximately 30 minutes. You may complete this course in one sitting or save your session and return to the point where you left off. You may print a certificate of completion for your record.

The information provided in this module is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of specific patients’ medical conditions.

Presented By
This material is presented by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON).

Support Statement
This educational activity is supported in part by an educational grant from the Duke University Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund.
  • Instructions and Objectives
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • I. Injection Procedures and Their Inherent Dangers
  • I.1 Injection Procedures and Their Inherent Dangers - Background
  • I.2 The Truth about Injection Procedures and Their Inherent Dangers
  • I.3 Injection Safety is Your Responsibility
  • II. How to Perform Injections Safely
  • II.1 How to Perform Injections Safely - Background
  • II.2 Attention and Care to Injection Safety
  • II.3 Special Notes
  • III. Improving the Culture of Safety and Confronting Non-Compliance
  • III.1 Improving the Culture of Safety and Confronting Non-Compliance Background
  • III.2 Confronting Non-compliance with Safe Injection Procedures
  • III.3 Injection Safety Begins with You
  • Assessment
  • Post-Course Survey: Safe Injection Practices
  • Course Evaluation: Safe Injection Practices
  • References for Safe Injection Practices
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever