ROCHESTER, NY: Safer Injecting and Wound Care


Date: January 18th, 2018

Location: Trillium Health, Large Conference Room, 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Training Region: Western, Rochester New York

Time: 9am – 5pm, Full Day


Trainer: Shannon Curry-Izzo


This one-day training will build participant knowledge and skills to work with clients around safer injection practices and complications associated with injecting. This course will provide an overview of the basic anatomy of veins and arteries; the supplies and equipment used to inject drugs; common injections practices; basic care for injection-related infections and wounds, and harm reduction strategies for working with substance users and people who inject drugs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe wounds and infections commonly associated with injection drug use;
  • List the risk considerations for different injection sites (arms, hands, neck or groin) and methods;
  • Identify strategies to prevent injection related infections and injuries;
  • Describe basic wound care, and “red flags” requiring medical attention;
  • Recognize strengths of substance users that can be used to promote evidence-based practices and reduce infection and fatal incidence; and
  • Provide harm reduction counseling messages tailored to clients’ unique drug-using circumstances to more effectively engage PWIDs.


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