Indian Academy of Paediatrics launches ‘Guidelines on Safe Injection Practices’

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Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) released a manual, ‘IAP Guidelines on Safe Injection Practices’, in association with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company. The manual provides rules for safe injections and prevention of infection in healthcare settings in India.


The Academy seeks to ensure that patients, healthcare workers, communities and the environment are protected from risks associated with unnecessary and unsafe injections, as well as improper disposal of medical waste.


A 2005 study to assess injection practices in India showed that nationwide, 62 per cent of all injections were unsafe due to improper sterilization, reuse or faulty administration, making them a leading cause of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) which a patient acquires while undergoing treatment from a healthcare facility for a different medical problem.


In the last 20 years, emerging diseases like HBV, HCV and HIV have intensified severity of risks from unsafe injections and unsafe waste disposal. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally about 1.3 mm people die of infections caused by reuse of syringes per year, of which estimated 300,000 are in India. The IAP Guidelines provide an analysis of the problem of unsafe injections and provide technical specifications on safe injection techniques.

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