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Collaboration improves medication and vaccine injection safety

Most of Alberta’s pharmacists have earned authorization to administer medications and vaccines by injection. In fact, most Albertans who receive a flu shot each year receive it from a pharmacist.

ACP collaborated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) to create Guidelines for Medication and Vaccine Injection Safety.

Proper aseptic technique in conjunction with infection prevention practices for handling and administering injections can prevent the transmission of blood borne viruses and other pathogens to individuals during routine health care procedures. Already considered best practices, the clearly stated guidelines provide healthcare professionals direction to ensure medications and vaccines are stored, handled, prepared, and administered consistently, effectively, and safely.

ACP also collaborated with 11 other Alberta health profession regulators to develop resources for health professionals who are at risk of exposure, or who may have been exposed, to blood and body fluid. Representatives from each college worked with consultants to develop a series of online tools based on published resources from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

The tools are designed to support community health care providers and increase their awareness about the appropriate response to blood and body fluid exposure.