Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 22, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Medics get the needle - Times LIVE
BRIC Vascular Access Device Market Valued at $1.6 Billion in 2013, Similar to ... - The Providence Journal
A flu shot without a needle — PharmaJet injector gets FDA OK - Denver Business Journal (blog)
FDA Approves Use of AFLURIA® Influenza Vaccine with PharmaJet's Needle ... - MarketWatch
Nurse used same needle on two patients - New Zealand Herald
HIV
HIV, if Treated, May Not Raise Cognitive Impairment Risk - AIDSmeds.com HIV/AIDS Treatment News
Students put at risk of HIV and hepatitis from botched blood tests and ... - Daily Mail
NJ women participate in trial looking at new ways to prevent HIV - The Star-Ledger
HIV tests coming to Island pharmacies - Alberni Valley Times
HIV Cure: Shock-and-Kill Method Unlocks 'No Remission' Possibility for Future ... - International Business Times AU
Free Summer Camp Is Safe Haven For Kids Impacted By HIV - CBS Local
Belgian infant contracts HIV via breast milk - Fox News
HEPATITIS
Fields convenes hepatitis C breakfast forum - Amsterdam News
Waging War on Hepatitis C - Bloomberg View
Hepatitis A exposure alert spurred by sick Whataburger worker - KXAN.com
Health Ministry launches hepatitis campaign - The Daily Star
Students put at risk of HIV and hepatitis from botched blood tests and ... - Daily Mail
Under the radar: the silent grip of Hepatitis C - Irish Times
Hepatitis C investigation ongoing - The Columbian
English Drug Panel Backs Hepatitis Drug at a Discount - Wall Street Journal
WEST NILE
West Nile victim unable to drive for 6 months - KHOU
First Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Tulsa County This Year - news9.com KWTV
First West Nile case reported in Tulsa County this year - Tulsa World
South San Francisco to be fogged for West Nile Thursday night - San Mateo Daily Journal
Clovis Unified Coach recovering from the West Nile virus - KFSN-TV
UC Berkeley student diagnosed with West Nile Virus - San Jose Mercury News
'Sentinel chickens' form a front line of defense against West Nile - Los Angeles Times
First person has been infected with West Nile virus in state this year - Q13 FOX
Tulip Safety Fistula Needle
Features of the clear, patented TULIP safety needle protector:
 
  • Low profile design
  • Ease of use during patient cannulation and needle placement
  • Activation using a one-handed technique
  • Audible click indicating protector is locked and will stay locked
  • Meets OSHA safety requirements
 
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
DEA Increases Restrictions on Prescription Painkillers Like Vicodin - New York Times
The NFL's Substance Abuse policy, league precedent, and the likely fate of ... - Behind the Steel Curtain
Consumers Desperate For Measures To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse - MarketWatch
Prescription drug abuse: APhA presents recommendations to Senate HELP ... - American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com
NIDA switches to social media monitoring for drug abuse trends, outbreaks - Gant Daily
Drug abuse affects Jessamine County on a variety of different levels - Central Kentucky News
Drug abuse awareness focus of annual picnic at Tino's Farm in Lyon Township - Hometownlife.com
Jackie Chan's son busted in major Chinese drug crackdown - Los Angeles Times
Drug abuse council backs automated analysis of pain pill data - The State
Prescription drug abuse: There is help - CNN
EBOLA
South Africa Issues Travel Bans For Countries in Grip of Ebola Outbreak - Wall Street Journal
Two US Ebola Patients Are Released by Atlanta Hospital - New York Times
As Ebola Crisis Spreads in West Africa, Liberia's Deterioration Stands Out - National Geographic
Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan's Purse, SIM - Washington Post
American doctor treated for Ebola virus has recovered, aid group says - Fox News
California patient being tested for Ebola had been in West Africa - SFGate
Details Expected on Release of American Ebola Patients - ABC News
Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly to Be Released From Hospital - NBCNews.com
What if There Was an Ebola Case in Boston? - Boston.com
Dr. Kent Brantly being released from Atlanta hospital after Ebola treatment - CBS News
IN THE NEWS
I-TEAM: OSHA FINES MELROSE-WAKEFIELD HOSPITAL $28,000 FOR UNSAFE CONDITIONS
The emergency room at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital was operating as normal Monday. But the hospital has been under the microscope of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  And according to documents obtained by the I-Team, the feds did not like what they saw. The hospital is now facing a $28,000 fine. OSHA decided to do an inspection at the hospital after the agency received a complaint about possible violations of what is known as the blood borne pathogen standard. That is a standard which protects workers from health hazards.
The report found a number of serious problems:  "Employees are exposed to sharps injuries when contaminated disposable blades are included with reusable surgical instruments to be cleaned and sterilized.” And that “surgical employees did not always disassemble and wipe down used surgical instruments … prior to transporting in open or loosely covered basins…”  And “surgical employees placed open or loosely covered basins containing hazardous medical waste (excess blood, tissue, bone, feces, fat, etc.) and contaminated instruments into utility carts that leaked these contaminated fluids during handling ….”
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QLICKSMART CASSETTE 3IN1 - FEATURES & BENEFITS
  • Small and compact - saves space!
  • The CASSETTE is sterilised and ready
  •  for use
  • Contains 3 units of Qlicksmart single blade re
  • mover cartridge per set
  • Single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harms way
  • Blade contained upon removal to enable safe disposal in an approved sharps container, eliminating injuries to downstream staff
  • Puncture resistant cartridge so you know you're safe
 
 
SASKATCHEWAN IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY FLU SHOT POLICY
Saskatchewan health-care workers will be required to choose either to get a flu shot or to wear a mask while delivering care and services to patients during flu season this fall.
Following the strong recommendation of Saskatchewan’s medical health officers and other health system leaders, health regions are proceeding with an “immunize-or-mask” policy for staff during the 2014-15 flu season.  Health-care staff who are not immunized for influenza this fall will be required to wear a mask in patient or client care areas.
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STUDENTS PUT AT RISK OF HIV AND HEPATITIS FROM BOTCHED BLOOD TESTS ABD VACCINATIONS
Dozens of students are suing a university after being put at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis when syringe components were wrongly reused during blood tests and vaccinations for eight years.
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SAFETY SUBCULTURE UNIT

 

The Safety SubCulture Unit (SCU) is a sharps safety device used to obtain samples from positive blood culture bottles.  Needleless sampling reduces risk of needlestick injury.

 

 

The plastic tip safely pierces the bottle septum and makes it easy to insert and remove from the culture bottle. The integrated filter cap controls gas or culture discharge for an added level of safety.

 
 
NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY POSES SAFETY PROBLEMS IF USERS NOT TRAINED PROPERLY
When clinical staff at a MedStar Health hospital near Washington misunderstood a confusing pop-up box on a digital blood-sugar reader in 2011, they mistakenly gave insulin to a patient with low blood sugar, which caused her to go into a diabetic coma. Hospital staff had earlier made a seemingly minor customization to the glucometer, which led to the error.
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TATTOOED THUG HELD WOMAN POLICE OFFICER HOSTAGE WHILE THREATENING HER COLLEAGUES WITH 'HEPATITIS-INFECTED' SYRINGE - IAN LEWELL, 41, JAILED FOR TWO YEARS AFTER HE REFUSED TO RELEASE PC LAURA FURBY
A career criminal covered in tattoos has been jailed for two years
after holding a woman police officer hostage with five knives and a syringe he said was infected with hepatitis C.    Ian Lewell, 41, who had taken pills and injected himself with medication, refused to release PC Laura Furby after a late-night stand-off on Guernsey in October last year.
 
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HOW CAN I CONTRACT EBOLA DISEASE?
That Ebola virus is currently on the rampage in West Africa is no longer news.
What is rather news — and very scary for that matter — is that the World Health Organisation has just confirmed a case of the infection in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercia
l capital and one of the most populous. Though the patient has passed away, th
ere are fears that many people he had come in contact with as he journeyed from Liberia to Nigeria may have been infected; while the medical workers that attended to him during his brief stay in the hospital also need to be examined!
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Please click on any ISIPS member below to view their sharps safety products!

Acti-Lance single-use lancets have been designed for capillary blood sampling and the device is an integral component to the sharps-injury prevention programs in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, doctor’s offices and wherever patients and professionals have to feel safe.

Acti-Lance is very easy to handle and its intuitive top button activation minimizes training for new users.

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By using the Acti-Lance safety lancets you can easily eliminate needle stick injures and cross infection.


Key Features of Acti-Lance:

 

EASY TO HANDLE

Intuitive activation, low firing force, no lancet loading required, 3 step operation only

 
MINIMIZED PAIN

Ultra sharp and silicone coated needle, double spring mechanism to eliminate needle vibrations

 

SUFFICIENT TO LANCE ONCE

Different color-coded versions, right needle exposure length, adequate blood flow 

 

SAFE 

Truly disposable, self-destructive device, sterilized, reliable sterility protector

 

Acti-Lance safety lancets are available in three different color-coded versions to meet specific blood sample size applications and address a variety of skin types.

 
 
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