Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 12, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
How You Can Help End New HIV Infections In Five Easy Steps - Queerty
Smart Material Could Lead to Puncture-Resistant Gloves - Controlled Environments Magazine
Should doctors “have” to treat Ebola patients? - AMERICAblog (blog)
Ebola - CDC Director Rallies Health Workers - AllAfrica.com
B. Braun To Sponsor Workshop and Platinum Showcase at AVA - MarketWatch
HIV
The not so famous HIV prevention method - News24
"Know your status": free HIV/STI testing in Richmond Sept. 14-19 - WRIC
Waiting list for HIV housing assistance opens Monday - Livingston Daily
Puerto Rican Drug Injectors More Likely To Contract HIV, Study - University Herald
Seattle-area HIV-positive man who won't stop infecting others could face jail - seattlepi.com
Researcher has a radical idea for a drinkable, probiotic HIV vaccine - Washington Post (blog)
HEPATITIS
Doctors urge men over 45 to have check for Hepatitis B - AsiaOne
Now oral medication to treat Hepatitis C on the horizon - TheHealthSite
Ansonia man dealing with hepatitis C following Griffin Hospital mishap - New Haven Register
Patients possibly exposed to Hepatitis B virus at Fairview Hospital - fox8.com
Booming | Could you have hepatitis C? - The Courier-Journal
Is a Cheap Hepatitis C Cure About to Go Global? - Motley Fool
WEST NILE
Jeff Jardine: Wounded Vietnam vet fights West Nile - Modesto Bee
West Nile virus activity picks up in Queens as city plans more spraying to ... - New York Daily News
West Nile virus detected in three Contra Costa County cities - Contra Costa Times
County gets its first case of West Nile - Lufkin Daily News
California hit with record West Nile outbreak — and its epic drought is to blame - Salon
West Nile Infections Slam California - Wall Street Journal
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
Ministry seeks to start early drug abuse intervention program - Mineral Wells Index
Rally calls attention to drug abuse and prevention - WKBN.com
Former DEA agent: Prescription drug abuse biggest worry - The Missoulian
NFL Players Union Agrees to New Drug Policies - New York Times
Marin cracks down on prescription drug abuse - Marin Independent Journal
Taking the fight against the deadly prescription drug epidemic online - Washington Post (blog)
Montgomery County Task Force Will Examine Causes of Drug Abuse - CBS Local
Staten Island drug abuse forum set for Thursday, Sept. 18 - Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
Prescription-drug abuse can be curbed - Poughkeepsie Journal
Health|In Move to Curb Drug Abuse, DEA Tightens Rule on Widely Prescribed ... - New York Times
EBOLA
'It doesn't make sense': Concerns over enlisting DoD in Ebola response - Fox News
American Ebola Survivor Kent Brantly Donates Blood To Fellow Missionary Doctor - Huffington Post
As Ebola cases accelerate, Liberia's sick must fend for themselves. - Washington Post
Latest Ebola News: Drug used to treat heart disease might be a cure for Ebola - TheHealthSite
WHO says it can't evacuate Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola virus - Fox News
US Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola - New York Times
Liberian President Pleads With Obama for Assistance in Combating Ebola - New York Times
Progress of Mass. physician fighting Ebola called 'remarkable' - Boston Globe
Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen - CNN
Ebola is 'devouring everything in its path.' Could it lead to Liberia's collapse? - Washington Post
IN THE NEWS
HEALTHCARE WORKERS WASH HANDS MORE OFTEN WHEN IN PRESENCE OF PEERS
Nationally, hand hygiene adherence by healthcare workers remains staggeringly low despite its critical importance in infection control.
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SHARPS INJURY
Regrettably, sharps or needlestick injury remains as a common occurrence.  Sharps injury is a particular risk for healthcare professionals and healthcare ancillary workers and laundry...
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NEEDLESTICK SAFETY IN PHYSICIAN OFFICES
Many physicians’ offices lag behind hospitals, but therein lies the sales opportunity
Sales reps know that change is in store – some of it good, some maybe not so good –when the local hospital system acquires one of their physician practice customers. Increased sales of safety-engineered sharps – that is, safety needles and syringes, phlebotomy devices, sutures, etc. – may very well be one of those changes.
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SAMPLOK ADAPTER CAP
One product that is used to fill blood culture bottles with blood sample is the 
SampLok® Adapter Cap from ITL Corporation. It is a versatile device for safe blood sample collection and sample transfer into blood culture bottles and test tubes. With an integrated safety lid, the SampLok 
Adapter Cap provides safety to healthcare workers by reducing the risk of needle stick injury. The SampLok Adapter Cap’s flexible design allows sampling with a variety of culture bottles and vacuum test tubes.
 
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EXPERTS CALL FOR MASSIVE GLOBAL REPONSE TO TACKLE EBOLA OUTBREAK
The current Ebola outbreak now requires a "rapid response at a massive global scale," according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 31 NEW CASES
Between September 2 and 9, 2014, there have been 31 more cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 suspect).
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PATIENTS POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO HEPATITIS B VIRUS AT FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL
Cleveland Clinic officials are in the process of contacting 13 dialysis patients at Fairview Hospital that may have been exposed to the Hepatitis B virus.
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Patient Safe Syringes
Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination. Their unique luer guard reduces the risk of luer tip contact contamination.
It also reduces the risk of contamination of intravenous fluid. Patient Safe® syringes are compatible with most available hypodermic needles, including those with manually activated safety features, vial access devices, and luer-activated catheter hub.
 
 
SMART MATERIAL COULD LEAD TO PUNCTURE-RESISTANT GLOVES CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS
Magazine Researchers at STF Technologies LLC, a spin-off company from the University of Delaware, are working to develop a puncture-resistant surgical glove, according...
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SHARPSSENTINEL WALL CABINET SYSTEM
 

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The SharpSentinel™ Wall Cabinet System secure sharps containers in a sturdy locked enclosure. SharpSentinel™ wall cabinets are perfect for use in patient rooms, exam rooms, physician and dentist offices, and any other areas where staff supervision is limited. Designed to protect staff from accidental needlesticks, this new system complies with all OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and JCAHO requirements.
 

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For more information, contact Bemis Health Care Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
ANSONIA MAN DEALING WITH HEPATITIS C FOLLOWING GRIFFIN HOSPITAL MISHAP
Griffin Hospital is acknowledging that some people have tested positive for hepatitis C in the wake of misuse of insulin pens by staff. Dr. Harold Schwartz, chief of gastroenterology at the hospital, said he does not have an exact number of patients who have tested positive for the disease.
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THINK BEFORE YOU INK! MEDICAL EXPERT WARNS HOLIDAYMAKERS ABOUT TATTOO AND PEDICURE DANGERS ABROAD AMID CONCERNS OVER RISE IN HEPATITIS B AND C INFECTIONS
Taking the leap and getting a tattoo or a piercing while on holiday may seem like an exciting and exhilarating idea, but an Australian medical expert is warning travellers to be aware of hepatitis B and C risks in the Asia-Pacific region.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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Surgilance Safety Lancet
 
A safe, easy and effective solution for obtaining a fingerstick blood samples!
 
The SurgiLance™ safety lancet from MediPurpose™ is a single-use needlestick device known for its safety, comfort and ease of use.
 
Safe and Easy to Use
SurgiLance™ safety lancets were explicitly designed t
o safely and easily deliver remarkably smooth incisions that minimize trauma to patients' fingers.
 
No-Arming Required
Unlike traditional lancets—and for that matter, some safety lancets—that requiring “arming” (inserting a needle into the device), SurgiLance™ is “pre-armed” and only requires five simple steps to operate.

 
Retractable Needles and Blades
The SurgiLance™ passive safety mechanism automatically activates after the device is used, requiring no action on the part of the user. After activation, the single-use device cannot be used again.
 
 
Seven Color-Coded Models
SurgiLance™ safety lancets are available in seven gauges and penetration depths, all of which provide identical safety and reliability. 
 
No-Cost Product Samples
Click here to evaluate SurgiLance™ for free!
 
 
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