Home Health & Hospice

Which infection control breaches did CMS specifically identify as ones that warrant disclosure to state public health authorities?

Homecare Insider, June 16, 2014

Breaches that warrant disclosure to appropriate public health authorities include:

  • Using the same needle for more than one individual
  • Using the same syringe, pen, or injection device for more than one individual
  • Inserting a needle or syringe that has already been used to administer medication to an individual into a medication container (e.g., vial, bag), and then using contents from that medication container for another individual
  • Using the same lancing/fingerstick device for more than one individual, even if the lancet is changed