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  • APTA Helps Spread the Word About Safe Needle Practices

    APTA has joined a national campaign to help raise awareness about safe needle practices and injections in health care.

    Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), the One and Only Campaign brings together professional organizations, health care certification groups, health care systems, private companies, educational institutions, state and local health departments, and others to support the dissemination of safe injection messages using social media, electronic continuing medical education, advertising, and print materials for health care providers and patients.

    In addition to APTA, campaign members include the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the American Podiatric Surgery Association, and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare.

    Resources available from the One and Only website include a patient brochure (.pdf), patient frequently asked questions, and a provider training unit on bloodborne pathogens. The campaign also offers a YouTube channel with provider-focused informational videos.

    Safe conduct of any invasive procedure such as dry needling, some forms of wound care, and electromyography are important components of physical therapist practice. In addition the resources now available to members through APTA's partnership with the One and Only Campaign, the association has developed a paper outlining the safe and effective performance of dry needling (.pdf).

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