Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 31, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
On pins and needles: Kids see Mom in a moment of weakness - Harrison Daily
Ebola in Oregon: What you need to know about quarantine and isolation ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Boston Herald: CDC adding to confusion with Ebola - Madison.com
The United States' Misguided Self-Interest On Ebola - Health Affairs (blog)
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Deeply Impacts U.S. Health-Care Policy - Emergency Management
Avoiding sharps injuries: put prevention before cure - PersonnelToday.com
Dental nurses 'at high risk of needlestick injuries' - Zenopa
DENTAL NURSES STILL AT HIGH RISK OF SHARPS INJURIES
Dental nurseA survey conducted in conjunction with the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) and Initial Medical, has indicated that just over half of dental nurses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland have had a needlestick injury at some stage throughout their career.
Needlestick injuries in veterinary practice - is this an under-rated occupational hazard?
The wonderful Scott Weese published a review a couple of years ago and the figures are consistently high – in one, 64 per cent of female vets had had a needlestick; in another, 87 per cent of zoo vets had had one or more; and in yet another study 71 per cent of vet technicians or nurses had had one.
HIV
'HIV prevalence high in Wenchi Municipality' - GhanaWeb
'I can infect whomever I please': HIV-positive woman steals frozen food from ... - New York Daily News
Let's close Milwaukee's HIV/AIDS gap - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Researchers Follow the Path of HIV and Prevention Interventions - PLoS Blogs (blog)
Is PrEP the End of HIV in the U.S.? - Advocate.com
Dick Donato: Reaction to My HIV Disclosure Has Been 'Overwhelmingly Positive' - People Magazine
The South African HIV scientist who gave girls back control of their bodies - The Guardian
'Positive' author debunks myths common myths about HIV - Today.com
HEPATITIS
Viral hepatitis symposium to be held - KHON2
Maine CDC won't name restaurant with Hepatitis infected worker - WGME
New Drug Cures Local Woman Of Hepatitis C - 5newsonline.com
Ex-WWE Wrestler Sues -- I Got Hepatitis C ... During Bloody Wrestling Match - TMZ.com
Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill - NPR (blog)
Harvoni Takes the Sting Out of Hepatitis C Treatment - Healthline
WEST NILE
Health officials: Second person dies from West Nile virus - CBS 8 San Diego
Another West Nile death? Investigation underway - 10News
Cooler Temps Could Bring End to West Nile Season Soon - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
In Arizona, West Nile Virus: 75, Ebola: 0 - Phoenix New Times (blog)
Fourth West Nile case confirmed in Volusia - Florida Today
Bob Lotane recovering from West Nile infection - Tallahassee.com
West Nile cases surging in state, Bay Area - San Jose Mercury News
Brevard health officials warn of West Nile virus - Florida Today
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DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Prosecutor hopefuls want to target drug use - Richmond
Local Organization Helping Community to Identify Drug Abuse - WTRF
Regulators urge doctors, pharmacists to clamp down on prescription drug abuse - Colorado Springs Gazette
19-year-old to be recognized for work against drug abuse - Albuquerque Journal
Community shares stories of drug abuse and recovery - NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com
No link between tough penalties and drug use - report - BBC News
Peabody gets grant to prevent teen drug abuse - The Salem News
Drug abuse: But is Britain ready to grow up? - The Independent
Msgr. William O'Brien, 90, Dies; Innovator in Treating Drug Abuse - New York Times
Activists tackle scourge of prescription drug abuse - USA TODAY
EBOLA
Hospitals Wrestle With Extent of Ebola Treatment - Wall Street Journal
Scientists Try to Predict Number of US Ebola Cases - ABC News
UN Ebola patient being treated in French hospital - The Guardian
Eluding Ebola: Gear Matters, But Technique Matters More - NBCNews.com
'Scared' But Willing: Doctor Heading to Africa to Fight Ebola - NBCNews.com
Sierra Leone and Canada in Ebola row - Aljazeera.com
New York doctor with Ebola improves, nurse reunited with dog - Reuters
Braving Ebola - New York Times
New York Ebola Patient's Condition Improves, Officials Say - New York Times
US Ebola Survivors Tread Painful, Lonely Journeys - Wall Street Journal
Slide Show: Ebola in the ED
The CDC has released new guidance for emergency departments (EDs) on evaluating and managing patients presenting with possible Ebola virus disease.
 
IN THE NEWS
OUTBREAK! WHO URGES SNEEZE PROTECTION WHILE CDC RETREATS - U.S. AGENCY REMOVES WARNING OF AIRBORNE EBOLA TRANSMISSION
NEW YORK – While the Centers for Disease Control has removed from its website a warning that Ebola can be spread through sneezing, the World Health Organization has just issued new guidelines for health workers that specify protective equipment should be worn to protect the mouth, nose and eyes from contaminated droplets and fluids. The WHO guidelines are based on a review of care of Ebola patients, the U.N. agency said.
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6-YEAR-OLD B.C. GIRL EXPOSED TO HIV DURING VACCINATION
A six-year-old girl was inadvertently exposed to HIV during a routine vaccination, and will have to undergo rigorous testing to monitor her health. The child was getting a booster shot at the Fort St. James Health Unit in early October, but flinched during the shot’s administration, reports 250 News. The needle made contact with the nurse’s hand, and blood was exchanged as the needle was drawn back out through the child’s skin.
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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 JC
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AVOIDING SHARPS INJURIES: PUT PREVENTION BEFORE CURE
Following a survey of 4,000 nurses carried out in 2008 by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), it is estimated that 48% of nurses have received an NSI, which is identifiedNeedlestick-injuries as one of the most frequently experienced injuries to healthcare workers,
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EBOLA IN OREGON: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROCEDURES
With news breaking that a patient in Portland is being monitored for Ebola, it's important to know exactly what happens when patients are being quarantined and/or isolated for disease.
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U.S. NURSES JOIN LIBERIANS IN EBOLA STRIKE-WHO REPORTS HEALTH-WORKERS COMPRISE 10% OF DEATHS
NEW YORK – Nurses in the United States are joining nurses in Liberia who are going on strike to press officials to enact tougher Ebola safety precautions, improved personal protective equipment, and upgraded Ebola-management training. Their concerns are bolstered by a World Health Organization report Friday that health-care workers account for an alarming 10 percent of the 4,951 recorded Ebola deaths, with 523 dead from the disease.
 
 
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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.
 
HYGIENIC FUNERALS, BETTER PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS OFFER BEST CHANCE TO STOP EBOLA
Hygienic funeral practices, case isolation, contact tracing with quarantines, and better protection for healthcare workers are the keys to stopping the Ebola epidemic that continues to expand in West Africa, researchers said today in a new report in the journal Science.
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KAISER NURSES PLAN TWO-DAY STRIKE OVER EBOLA SAFETY ISSUES
Registered nurses from Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in the Bay Area are planning a two-day strike next month to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions, the union that represents the health care workers, said Thursday.
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VACUETTE® Blood Collection Tubes

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The advantages of using an evacuated blood collection system made out of plastic has been well known for a long tiVACUETTE® Blood Collection Tubesme. It is of the greatest importance to produce high quality samples and analysis results, along with minimized risk of infection to staff. Greiner Bio-One can offer a complete range of evacuated blood collection tubes made out of virtually unbreakable PET-plastic. All of them are equipped with a unique safety cap, which also offers maximum security to healthcare workers. Coagulation is a critical testing area proving to be a challenge to some manufacturers. Not for us at Greiner. 

 

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AS U. S. HOSPITALS PREPARE EBOLA RESPONSE, NURSES MUST HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE
If there is a silver lining in the current Ebola crisis, it’s that workplace safety for health care workers is finally getting public attention   . For a brief time last week, the world was focused on nurses, seeing both the necessity of their role and the hazards of their work.
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K-SHIELD™ PORT ACCESS INFUSION NEEDLE
Kawasumi brings you K-Shield, a totally integrated device for optimal non-coring Huber needle stick protection. K-Shield complies with all OSHA standards and has unmatched advantages.
 
It’s been carefully designed with user needs in mind. For example, it’s clinician friendly and easy to use, especially when activating the safety mechanism.
EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA DEEPLY IMPACTS U.S. HEALTH-CARE POLICY THE EBOLA VIRUS HAS ROCKED THE U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH-CARE COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.
The past few weeks of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have gripped the U.S. and the world in bizarre, comical and concerning ways. Every day the news brings stories of sexy hazmat suits that are the most sought out Halloween costumes, it’s fodder for late night talk shows and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally released new health-care worker protection guidelines.  The Ebola virus has deeply rocked the U.S. public health and health-care community and the public at large even though we are not likely to see the same Ebola transmission and mortality rates they have in West Africa. There have been only four cases in the U.S. and one death but many of my health-care emergency management colleagues can attest that we are now spending an inordinate amount of time on infection control webinars, donning and doffing training and fit testing, as well as ordering as much personal protective equipment (PPE) they can get their hands on. 
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THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S CONFUSED, CONTRADICTORY EBOLA RESPONSE ONE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CRITICIZED QUARANTINES WHILE ANOTHER HAS IMPOSED THEM. WHAT GIVES?
The Obama administration's confused and erratic handling of Ebola created a singularly strange moment this week, when one part of the government was for quarantines, one was against them, and many of us were left wondering what the heck was going on. It all started after Dr. Craig Spencer, returning to New York City from West Africa, failed to self-isolate while still in the incubation period for the deadly hemorrhagic fever. Amid public worry, the governors of New York and New Jersey imposed a quarantine requirement for anyone arriving in their airports from Ebola-impacted countries, including doctors and nurses returning from missions to combat the disease.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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Packaging your drug in a prefillable syringe with a safety feature will provide protection for health care workers and patients against accidental needlestick injuries. The NovaGuard SA (Staked-needle Automatic) syringe system can be deployed using a single-handed technique to shield the exposed needle.

 
System Benefits
·        Mitigates glass flange breakage
·        Bulk packaging enables automated assembly
·        Designed to prevent pre-activation
·        Uses standard plunger rods
·        Tamper resistant

 
To learn more about using the NovaGuard SA syringe system for your drug product, or for information on any of West’s injectable drug packaging or delivery system technologies, click here.

 
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