Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 7, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
US field hospital for health workers to open in Liberia - Washington Post
Rules issued for Texans returning from Ebola-affected areas - Dallas Morning News
American Medical Association's president talks health tech - Fortune
No-Fly Zone: Ebola Quarantine Rules Keep Researchers Away - NBCNews.com
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.
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.
HIV
Memphis minister headed to jail for knowingly spreading HIV - wreg.com
Scientists May Have Found the Key to an HIV Cure - Mic
UK has 'signed a death warrant' for South Africans with HIV-Aids - The Guardian
Scientists 'find spontaneous HIV cure' - Times LIVE
What HIV And Ebola Have In Common: Lessons From That Other Stigmatized ... - Huffington Post
The world's most effective HIV prevention drug hasn't lived up to its potential - Washington Post
Court: Namibia Forcibly Sterilized Women With HIV - ABC News
HEPATITIS
GSK hepatitis C shot shows promise, bodes well for Ebola vaccines - Reuters
One in five drug users 'unaware they have hepatitis C' - BBC News
Europe's Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn? - Food Safety News
Hepatitis C patients may not qualify for pricey drugs unless illness is advanced - Washington Post
Maine CDC missing top hepatitis expert for recent case - Press Herald
New Drug Cures Local Woman Of Hepatitis C - 5newsonline.com
Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill - NPR (blog)
WEST NILE
Council declines to order spraying for West Nile - Denton Record Chronicle
San Diego man talks about surviving West Nile virus - fox5sandiego.com
Family of second man to die from West Nile virus angry with doctors - 10News
Health Officials Suspect San Carlos Man Died Of West Nile Virus - KPBS
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
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Run raises awareness of drug abuse - The Bell Ringer
India on a 'high' with 7 drug addiction related suicides every day - Hindustan Times
Measure To Drug-Test Doctors, Hike Medical Malpractice Damages Fails In ... - Huffington Post
Jail not the answer to drug abuse, judge tells Pillars Club - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
*Number and percentage of deaths from abuse of drugs in one or more drug ... - Medscape
Activists tackle scourge of prescription drug abuse - USA TODAY
EBOLA
Obama Seeks $6.2 Billion for Ebola Fight - ABC News
Louisiana bars Ebola researchers from conference - USA TODAY
Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer jamming out in Bellevue quarantine - New York Daily News
Free of Ebola, Nurse's Aide Is Released From Madrid Hospital - New York Times
Five people being monitored for Ebola in Alamance County - myfox8.com
Ebola Rates Accelerate in Sierra Leone - TIME
Why Cuba Is So Good at Fighting Ebola - TIME
Ebola Is A Symptom Of Our Compounding Failures - Forbes
Exclusive: US Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples - Reuters
Researchers Seek Crucial Tool: A Fast, Finger-Prick Ebola Test - New York Times
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
 
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IN THE NEWS
JUDGE UPHOLDS SIX-FIGURE FINES FOR BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS VIOLATIONS
On September 30, an administrative law judge upheld seven citations and $186,000 in fines for a uniform laundry service that exposed workers to hazards from bloodborne pathogens and lead. 
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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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AHO requirements.
 

For more information, contact Bemis Health Care 

Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
JUST A LITTLE PRICK: A CLINICAL AUDIT OF PREHOSPITAL PRACTITIONERS KNOWLEDGE OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES - PREHOSPITAL RESEARCH SUPPORT SITE
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HIV PATIENTS IN YEMEN FACE HOSPITAL EVICTIONS
Patients infected with H.I.V. are being ordered out of hospitals in Yemen, even when they are in dire need of care, a human rights group says.
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EBOLA - DEATHS SINCE THE OUTBREAK COMPARED TO HIV/AIDS & MALARIA
Click here to see infographic
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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.
 
EXPOSED- AFTER AN ACCIDENTAL NEEDLE STAB, A DOCTOR'S EBOLA WATCH BEGINS
A few days after he accidentally stuck himself with a needle in an Ebola ward in Sierra Leone, Lewis Rubinson’s temperature topped 103 degrees.
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SIX CONSIDERATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS FACED WITH THE EBOLA VIRUS OR OTHER ... - THE NATIONAL LAW REVIEW
Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other ...
As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how t...
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PENBLADE® SAFETY SCALPEL
PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE WITH PENBLADE®
 
The PenBlade Safety Scalpel has a retractable blade that activates like a click pen and retracts with a simple press of a button.  The "Pen-Style" activation is intuitive because it uses existing muscle memor.  The release button is positioned near the front of the scalpel where it can be pressed without looking or repositioning the hand. The result is a safety scalpel that doctors and nurses actually like using.
 
Activate
  • No-look, penlike activation
  • Uses existing muscle memory
 
Retract
  • Push-and-release retraction button at the front
  • Blade retraction without repositioning the hand
  • Optional semi-passive retraction
 
 
Trim
  • Suture trimming with blade retracted
  • Encourages user to end procedure with blade in the safe position
 
 
Quality
  • Rigid construction
  • Usable with right or left hand
  • Engineered for comfort and control
 
 
EBOLA MAY BE DEADLIER AND MORE WIDESPREAD THAN WE THINK, NEW PAPER ASSERTS
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has grown exponentially since May, indicating inadequate global response.
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EFFECTIVENESS OF SAFETY-ENGINEERED DEVICES IN REDUCING NEEDLESTICK
“Sharps injuries remain a common factor in occupational exposure of healthcare workers to blood-borne viruses. The extent to which the introduction of safety-engineered devices has been effective in reducing such injuries among healthcare workers is unclear.”
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THE PLANET’S DEADLIEST INFECTIOUS DISEASES, BY COUNTRY
Tuberculosis and AIDS aren't trending on Twitter like Ebola, but perhaps they should be
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AUSTRALIA: VOLUNTEERS WARN CITY ABOUT NEEDLES - LIONS MEMBERS FOUND SEVERAL SYRINGES AT LIONS PARK.
TRAVELLERS and the community are being warned to take care after a number of used syringes were found in a park.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Please click on any ISIPS member below to view their sharps safety products!
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.

 
*For investigational use only by our pharmaceutical and biotechnology development partners. West markets the NovaGuard SA technology as an integrated system. Final assembly is completed by the pharmaceutical company.
West and the diamond logo and NovaGuard™ are trademarks or registered s of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

  
 
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