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CDC Traces MRSA Outbreaks to Improper Injection Practices in Pain Clinics

Is a medication shortage causing you to use single dose vials for more than one patient?

On July 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing two life-threatening outbreaks that occurred when healthcare providers used medication from single-dose/single-use vials for multiple patients undergoing treatment for pain. At least 10 patients contracted severe staph or MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus) infections and had to be hospitalized. An additional patient died, and although MRSA was not listed as the cause of death, it could not be ruled out.

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Repackaging is the way to go.

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