Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 17, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Journalist gives firsthand account of the international Ebola response - W*USA 9
STATE RAMPS UP EBOLA RESPONSE EFFORTS - Kokomo Perspective
Health care workers: Staying safe - WPDE
Dental nurses 'at high risk of needlestick injuries' - Zenopa
Ebola prevention: removing protective gear isn't easy - The Verge
SHARPS INJURIES AMONGST HEALTHCARE WORKERS: REVIEW OF INCIDENCE, TRANSMISSIONS AND COSTS
Handling sharps is a major risk for nurses. Sharps injuries involve a potential exposure to more than 20 pathogens.
Staff still at too high a risk from sharps injuries, warns union
There are startling variations between trusts and regions in how safety sharps are bought and used, according to data collected by Union.
HIV
Aging with HIV poses challenges - Columbus Dispatch
Leeway in 20th year of battling HIV/AIDS in New Haven - New Haven Register
Red Algae Extract Defends Against Ebola, HIV, SARS, and More - Center for Research on Globalization
HIV prevalence high amongst truck drivers – report - New Vision
Vital HIV test kits, drugs running out - Indian Express
Aids: Origin of HIV pandemic 'was 1920s Kinshasa'
The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say.
HEPATITIS
Spanish people with HIV and hepatitis C are 'more difficult' to treat - Olive Press
S.A. woman says 'miracle' drug cured her Hepatitis C - KENS 5 TV
U. of C. Medicine to take aim at hepatitis C - Chicago Tribune
Eliminating hepatitis C from the United States is possible
It will require a sustained national commitment to reach, test, treat, cure, and prevent every case
WEST NILE
West Nile cases surging in state, Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News
Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death ... - Central Stockton News
DHH: Two new cases of West Nile; one in Caddo - KTAL
Don't forget about West Nile virus - Houma Courier
Flu vs. West Nile, Ebola, Enterovirus: How to tell and what you need to know - Los Angeles Register
West Nile top suspect in Ophir woman's death - Auburn Journal
Doctor's Diagnosis: West Nile Virus - Newsday
Brevard health officials warn of West Nile virus - Florida Today
In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus - NPR (blog)
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
Substance abuse rising amongst Indian kids - Daily News & Analysis
Forum on drug abuse in Upper Bucks set for Thursday - The Intelligencer
Activists tackle scourge of prescription drug abuse - USA TODAY
Ex-soldier returns to fight substance abuse in military - USA TODAY
Indiana lawmakers fight for ways to end prescription drug abuse - Fox 59
Buzz: Prescription drug abuse, deaths growing in US - Press & Sun-Bulletin
EBOLA
Ebola medical waste arrives in Galveston - KHOU
Nigeria is Ebola-Free: Here's What They Did Right - TIME
Ebola Is Ruled Out After Cruise Ship Carrying Hospital Worker Returns to Texas - New York Times
Ebola Today: Family of First US Ebola Victim Feeling Ostracized - Boston.com
Ebola patient's family completes 21-day quarantine - USA TODAY
U.S. Hospitals Brace For Ebola Panic - Huffington Post
Critics: Ebola appointment latest in missteps by officials - USA TODAY
Spaniard With Ebola Beats the Disease, Test Shows - ABC News
Life in Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing - New York Times
Travel Ban Over Ebola May Bring Other Troubles - Wall Street Journal
Life, Death and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic
Health workers tend to people sickened by Ebola and those quarantined while they wait to learn if they have the virus.
The Hepatitis C Escalation: Baby Boomer Ripple Effects - Scientific American (blog)
There's never been anything quite like this. The latest ripple effect of the 1945-65 baby boom will be a drug bill so high, that paying it, ...
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.
 
 
IN THE NEWS
EBOLA HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE DYING FASTER THAN THEIR PATIENTS
The bulk of healthcare workers are locals who don't have enough resources or training to treat not only their patients, but also each other...
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ANA CALLS FOR CLEAR GUIDELINES TO ENSURE PATIENT, HCW SAFETY IN LIGHT OF EBOLA TRANSMISSIONS
In a call with nurses nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced revised emergency preparedness and treatment guidelines to prevent transmissions of Ebola in the United States.
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RETRACTABLE DEVICES DECREASE NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
The three stages of the retractable needles now used across BJC consist of ...
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THE 25 U.S. CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST RATES OF HIV INFECTION
In its 2013 HIV Surveillance Report, the Centers for Disease Control released a collection of data from state and local health departments that tracked the rate of new HIV infections across the countr (US cities with the highest rates of #HIV infection...
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A MOTHER'S HEARTBREAKING ESSAY ON RAISING 2 HIV POSITIVE CHILDREN GOES VIRAL
A mother's account of living with two HIV positive children has gone viral .While many would go for healthy children,the photojournalist Jen Mosher adopted HIV positive children .She got tired of the stigma associated with it and decided to pen down her feelings in an write up shared over 37,000 times.
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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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RANDOM MAN PRICKED WITH SYRINGE, TOLD 'WELCOME TO THE HIV CLUB'-SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE; MAN TREATED AT SEATTLE HOSPITAL
A man outside a Seattle bar was pricked by a syringe and told, “Welcome to the HIV club,” by the woman who stabbed him, police were told.
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NEEDLESTICK AND CONTAMINATION INJURIES
How do needlestick injuries commonly occur?
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WALASKA RESOLUTION HELPED LAUNCH PILOT PROGRAM FOR SAFE REMOVAL OF ‘SHARPS’
Rhode Island patients who are prescribed “sharps” (needles, syringes, etc.) for their personal medical use are given specific instructions for proper disposal of the used items.
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PENBLADE
TIME FOR A CLEAN SWEEP IN GENERAL PRACTICE?
Proactive measures by the ICGP to help GPs prepare for  hygiene audits ahead of the introduction of potential spot checks by HIQA for GP practices are starting to take shape.  Safe handling, use and disposal of sharps are essential to prevent injury/transmission of disease to patients, healthcare workers and cleaning staff. Each practice needs to have a policy in place for assessment and management of a needle-stick injury. Education of all practice staff in sharps injuries, prevention and management is essential, states the guideline.
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SMITHS MEDICAL LAUNCHES EDGE SAFETY DEVICE ON ARTERIAL BLOOD SAMPLING SYRINGES IN EUROPE
The EDGE™ safety device provides a fully integrated, simple method to help protect clinicians, patients and hospital workers from accidental needle stick injuries. An audible click signals to the user that the safety mechanism is engaged and ready for disposal in a sharps container.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY STICKING POINTS – THE DANGERS OF SHARPS
The moral and legal obligation of the employer to ensure that healthcare workers have the appropriate training covers the safe handling and disposal of Sharps.
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NEEDLESTICK RISK TO HOSPITAL HOUSEKEEPERS REVIEWED IN THIS ARTICLE
"Improper disposal of waste appears to enhance the risk to hospital housekeepers. All hospital workers should receive continued training with regard to was...
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DEBUNKING THE FIVE MOST COMMON HANDWASHING MYTHS
Think you know how to wash your hands? Think again. A 2013 study showed that only 5 percent of people properly was...
 
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THE OMINOUS MATH OF THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC
Global health officials worry about exponential increase in infections in West Africa nations.
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EBOLA SAFETY SHORTFALLS INCITE NEW DEMANDS IN CA NURSES' CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Lack of training, inadequate protective gear and a desire for a higher level of insurance for infectious disease are the main demands from the formidable California National Nurses United union in contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente.
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'SHARPS' INJURIES COULD POSE HIV, HEPATITIS RISK TO SURGEONS
All those sharp medical instruments and needles used during surgery can pose a health hazard to surgeons, according to a new study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. However, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons showed that even though "sharps" injuries in nonsurgical settings decreased by 31.6 percent after the passing of the act, surgical-setting "sharps" injuries increased by 6.5 percent.
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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.
 
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 remover 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
     
 
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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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