Recently, Unilife Corp. took its Unifill® prefilled safety syringe to the APIC Conference in order to give the U.S. healthcare workers in attendance a sneak preview of this revolutionary device. Unilife was honored to have Dr. Mary Foley as its special guest at APIC. During the conference, Dr. Foley met with dozens of delegates from around the U.S., collecting their thoughts on the Unifill syringe and its potential benefits to healthcare workers and patients.
The feedback Unifill received at APIC was overwhelmingly positive, and included more than just a few ‘Wow!’, ‘Very Smooth’, ‘Awesome’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Cool’ reactions. Unilife set up a demonstration booth and recorded many of the healthcare professionals’ reactions when they got to test the Unifill product themselves. To view a brief compellation of these responses, visit www.unilife.com
The APIC Conference brought together healthcare workers and infection control specialists from across the U.S to discuss ways to enhance and save the lives of nurses, improve patient care and prevent disease. Unilife exhibited the Unifill syringe, the world’s first and only prefilled syringe with fully passive (automatic) safety features integrated within the glass barrel, at the event. The Unifill syringe is strongly positioned to deliver optimal protection and intuitive use to healthcare workers and their patients that self-inject prescription medication at home. The Unifill syringe is now in production, and being supplied to interested pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies seeking to evaluate its use with their injectable drugs and vaccines.
Dr. Foley is one of the world’s foremost experts on healthcare worker safety. She is the Director at the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. Last year, she received her PhD in nursing with her dissertation on the topic of needle-stick injuries and prevention policies. A registered nurse for more than 35 years, Dr. Foley was one of the first healthcare workers to recognize the emerging HIV-AIDS epidemic during her work at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco in the 1980s. After helping to secure the passage of the first Statewide laws in the U.S. mandating the use of safety medical devices in California, she played a key role in campaigning for the adoption of the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.
Elected President of the American Nursing Association (ANA) in 2000, Dr. Foley was in the Oval Office of the White House when President Bill Clinton enacted the Act into law. She continues to write and lecture about healthcare policy, improving the workplace, and promoting safe care for workers and patients nationally and internationally. Dr. Foley has not received any financial payment from Unilife, and is an independent champion for enhancing injection safety practices in the U.S. and worldwide.
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