CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. 
Healthcare Settings 
Partnership Expands the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Work With Healthcare-Associated Infections 
ATLANTA, GA  -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 --  More than 150,000
patients have been notified of potential exposure to hepatitis and
HIV due to unsafe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings
since 2001. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), medical injections are an overlooked source of
infections and outbreaks. To better protect patients from this
ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation's partnership with Eli Lilly and
Company will support and expand CDC's Safe Injection Practices
Coalition -- a group of public health, medical and industry
organizations collaborating to raise awareness among patients and
health care providers about safe injection practices. 
"The combined educational resources and subject matter expertise from
CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition are critical to
expanding patients' and health care providers' knowledge of safe
injection practices," said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the
CDC Foundation. "We are grateful to CDC and the Safe Injection
Practices Coalition for advancing this work and to Lilly for its
partnership in this important coalition." 
The partnership will extend the reach of Safe Injection Practices
Coalition's One & Only Campaign, an injection safety awareness
campaign that has produced and distributed educational and multimedia
tools for health care providers and patients. Lilly's partnership
will support the expansion of the coalition's activities, resources
and tools for provider training and education, as well as patient
empowerment. Funding will also support dissemination of safe
injection messages using social media (follow us @InjectionSafety),
YouTube, electronic continuing medical education, advertising and
print materials for providers and patients. 
"Findings from CDC-led research and outbreak investigations indicate
that many health care providers are not following safe injection
procedures," said Joe Perz, Dr.P.H., M.A., epidemiologist and team
leader in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at CDC. "To
protect patients, all health care provide
rs should review CDC's safe
injection practice guidelines with their staff and colleagues." 
Through this three-year partnership with Lilly, the Safe Injection
Practices Coalition will: 

--  Expand the One & Only Campaign to new audiences such as individual and
    group-owned physician practices;
--  Educate health care providers through new and enhanced training and
    communication materials to address emerging issues;
--  Improve the Safe Injection Practices Coalition website and social media
    platforms to share resources and toolkits with new audiences; and
--  Engage new and existing Safe Injection Practices Coalition partners.

"Lilly is committed to helping health care providers help their
patients, through life-changing medicines and improving understanding
and management of disease," said Alex Azar, president of Lilly USA.
"We're honored to support CDC and health professionals across the
country in this important initiative to advance patient safety and
public health." 
About the Safe Injection Practices Coalition
The Safe Injection Practices Coalition is a partnership of
healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations,
industry partners and other public health partners, led by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Foundation
is the convening partner of the coalition, formed to promote safe
injection practices in all U.S. healthcare settings. The coalition
has developed the One & Only Campaign -- a public health education
and awareness campaign -- aimed at both health care providers and
patients to advance and promote safe injection practices. For more
information, visit  
About the CDC Foundation
Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation helps the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster, by forging
public-private partnerships to support CDC's work 24/7 to save lives
and protect people from health and safety threats. The CDC Foundation
currently manages more than 200 CDC-led programs in the United States
and in 58 countries around the world. Since 1995 the CDC Foundation
has launched more than 700 programs and raised $400 million to
advance the life-saving work of CDC. For more information, visit 
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery
to make life better for people around the world. The company was
founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating
high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today Lilly remains
true to that mission in all its work. Across the globe, Lilly
employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those
who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease,
and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.
To learn more about Lilly, please visit and 
Contact information 
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