Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 14, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Nonsurgical eye-lift with minimal side effects - KSDK
Meet the Minnesotans ready to fight Ebola - Minnesota Public Radio News
Quarantining Compassion - The Texas Observer
After an accidental needle stab, a doctor's Ebola watch begins - Washington Post
HIV
Traditional Healers And Naturalistic Fallacy Contribute To HIV Care Delays - Science 2.0
HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as ... - Medical Xpress
Fighting HIV with Stem Cells and Cutting-edge Genetics - Bioscience Technology
'I found out I had HIV through a text message'
THE number of Australians diagnosed with HIV is at a 20-year high.
HEPATITIS
One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus' - BBC News
Health Q&A: Maine food handler serves up fears of hepatitis A - The Sentinel
Report: fewer US hospitalizations for Hepatitis A - WKOW
Hepatitis C Vaccine Safe In Humans, Study Finds - TIME
Hepatitis C patients may not qualify for pricey drugs unless illness is advanced - Washington Post
Acti-Lance Safety Lancet

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.
 
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.
 
WEST NILE
Human cases of West Nile virus in Iowa is down - KCRG
Bikers rally to help Volusia girl with West Nile virus - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Claflin mom recovering from West Nile - Great Bend Tribune
Community steps up to help West Nile victim - Daytona Beach News-Journal
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
In Arizona, West Nile Virus: 75, Ebola: 0 - Phoenix New Times (blog)
Bob Lotane recovering from West Nile infection - Tallahassee.com
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Neural Activity works to prevent teen drug abuse - KJCT8.com
Westfield Community Invited to Learn About Prescription Drug Abuse - TheAlternativePress.com
Preventing teen drug abuse - KKCO-TV
Utah County's Most Wanted: Man wanted for forgery and drug abuse - Daily Herald
Hundreds take a stand at the cross against drug abuse - WBIR-TV
Activists tackle scourge of prescription drug abuse - USA TODAY
EBOLA
With Phone Calls and Persistence, Tracking Travelers at Risk for Ebola - New York Times
Another Sierra Leonean Doctor Infected With Ebola - ABC News
Maine Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox, Free of Monitoring, Says We Must 'Get Over ... - NBCNews.com
Ebola-Infected NYC Doctor Will Leave Hospital - ABC News
How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History - NPR (blog)
An Ebola Healthcare Worker Returns Home to West Virginia
The week a healthcare worker in West Virginia completes his 21-day monitoring period after a month in Liberia.
CDC is Increasing Supply of Ebola-Specific PPE for U.S. Hospitals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients.
CDC - NIOSH Science Blog
Protecting Workers from Ebola: Eight Knowledge Generation Priorities
 
WHO Issues Guidance on Safe and Dignified Burial Protocol for Ebola Victims
A new World Health Organization (WHO) protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.
CDC Disease Detective Describes Chasing Ambulances as Part of Ebola Response
Ambulance chasing is a discouraged practice in the U.S...
Kaiser SF nurses strike over patient-safety standards, Ebola preparedness
Dozens of nurses picket outside the Kaiser hospital on Geary Boulevard on Tuesday. The nurses are striking for two days due to concerns that patient care is suffering.
Hundreds of nurses and nurse practitioners picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on Tuesday as part of a two-day strike at nearly 90 Northern California facilities over patient-care standards and Ebola preparedness.
IN THE NEWS
FDA CLEARS SYRINGE THAT PREVENTS NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Exton, PA's West Pharmaceutical Services just announced that the FDA has given it 510(k) clearance for the NovaGuard Staked-needle Automatic safety system, as the push to avoid needlestick injuries gathers momentum.  The company says that the device shields the syringe's exposed needle after it has been activated and contains a tamper-evident safety mechanism to prevent early activation of the device.
 
According to the World Health Organization, healthcare workers suffer from two million cases of unintentional needlestick injuries a year, potentially resulting in diseases like hepatitis and HIV.
 
"With increased global emphasis on preventing the spread of blood-borne infectious diseases, there is a need to develop and implement safer systems and practices in healthcare facilities worldwide," said Graham Reynolds, vice president of marketing and innovation, in the release. "This includes adopting devices that can help reduce the risk of infection caused by needlestick. West has deep expertise in needlestick prevention and a portfolio of offerings that enable safe and effective drug administration. It's our hope that the NovaGuard SA safety system is used as a cost-effective solution to help improve needle safety."
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HOSPITAL WORKERS WASH HANDS LESS FREQUENTLY TOWARD END OF SHIFT, STUDY FINDS
Hospital workers who deal directly with patients wash their hands less frequently as their workday progresses, probably because the demands of the job deplete the mental reserves they need to follow rules, according to new research published by the...
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AS US HOSPITALS PREPARE EBOLA RESPONSE, NURSES MUST HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE
In times of crisis, nurses are often excluded from decision-making conversations at every level of health care organizations, from patient care decisions to hospital policy and protocols.
 
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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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For more information, contact Bemis Health Care 

Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Sharp instruments – needles, scalpels, lancets or even glass – should be considered as potential sources of infectious diseases, particularly those that are bloodborne. A needlestick or a cut from a contaminated sharp can lead to serious consequences for workers.
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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.
 
PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Sharp instruments – needles, scalpels, lancets or even glass – should be considered as potential sources of infectious diseases, particularly those that are bloodborne.
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PENBLADEĀ® 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
 
 
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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