HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Surgical instruments made to be used once and discarded were being reused, putting patients at risk of injury and infection.
The Healthcare Institute of New Jersey set out to educate New Jerseyans about this potentially harmful practice and encourage lawmakers and regulators to regulate the reuse of single-use medical devices.
The Patient Guard campaign began with a news conference to announce several patient advocacy groups supporting greater regulation.
We regularly sent medical reporters news releases describing the danger to the public and announcing additional groups endorsing rigorous state oversight.
Hearing the campaign’s message and responding to growing support for stricter regulation, the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services ordered a department study of the reuse of single-use medical devices.