Monday, 30 August 2010

Have you ever witnessed an unsafe injection?

The problem of unsafe injections, where syringes are re-used on patients by doctors and other healthcare workers, is not just an issue of the developing world; it's global and is needlessly killing 1.3 million people every year.

Some used needles and a syringe, ready to be used again

Here's an excerpt from Marc Koska's DLD talk on this subject in February 2010:

"The re-use of syringes kills 1.3 million people by transmitting viruses from one patient to another. It actually results in also 23 million cases of Hepatitis B and you can imagine the cost of treating that on a global scale, and that’s a cumulative number; 23 million cases every single year. Syringes on average are used around 4 times in the developing world and it's just unacceptable, so I decided to do something about it. In fact it kills more people than malaria, which currently kills about 1 million a year."

Very recently, a dentist in the UK was caught reusing his syringes (to cut costs), as was a New York Anesthesiologist - so you can see that this is also a problem in the West.

No matter where you are in the world, if you witness a healthcare worker giving an unsafe injection (where the needle and/or syringe - rather than being taken out of a new sterile pack - has already been used on another patient), we want to know about it.

Please contact us (in complete confidence - we will not reveal your identity to anyone) via and let us have as many details as possible; when it happened: where it happened; name of healthcare worker; name of patient and anything else you think we ought to know. We will investigate it and do everything we can to prevent it from happening to anyone else.

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