Infection prevention and control

Injection Safety evidence, guidelines and publications

WHO has issued a number of evidence-based recommendations to support the implementation of these strategies for safe injection practice. These policies, guidelines and best practice documents are available for download by a range of target audiences.

WHO has also published the ‘WHO guideline on the use of safety-engineered syringes for intramuscular, intradermal and subcutaneous injections in health care settings’, the first evidence-based policy document that specifically addresses the use of safety-engineered injection devices for therapeutic injections. It complements and expands previously issued WHO guidance. It is expected that the evidence-based policy guidance will additionally contribute to preventing the re-use of syringes on patients and to a decrease in the rate of needle-stick injuries in HCWs related to injection procedures, thus contributing to the prevention of infections transmitted due to unsafe injections.

Policy documents

Scientific articles