Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 5, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Healthcare Workers Still Vulnerable to 'Splash and Splatter' - Medscape
Tata Steel celebrates World Aids Day - Avenue Mail
US medical technology firm Interrad Medical to set up its first European HQ in ... - WalesOnline
510(k) Clearance for NovaGuard SA - Today's Medical Developments
FDA clears syringe that prevents needlestick injuries - FierceDrugDelivery
HIV
HIV evolves into less deadly form - New Scientist
HIV's Ability to Cause AIDS Is Weakening Over Time, Study Says - Yahoo Health
‚ÄčIs HIV becoming less contagious? - CBS News
The Surprising Region Where HIV Is On The Rise + 4 More Facts About AIDS In ... - Yahoo Health
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis A Vaccinations Coming To Hamilton, N.J. After Restaurant Outbreak - CBS Local
Maths shows that treating AIDS and hepatitis C simultaneously is more effective - Medical Xpress
Parliamentary inquiry to examine Australia's hepatitis C 'epidemic' - Sydney Morning Herald
Details announced on Hamilton hepatitis A vaccine clinic after confirmed ... - NJ.com
Hepatitis A Confirmed at Rosa's Restaurant in Hamilton, NJ - Food Poisoning Bulletin
I had hepatitis C and didn't know it. You may have it, too. - Washington Post
WEST NILE
California's West Nile virus deaths highest this year compared to nation - LA Daily News
First Socorro West Nile case since 2007 reported - El Defensor Chieftain
Florida human West Nile virus cases up to 15 - Outbreak News Today
In California, West Nile deaths highest in nearly a decade - 89.3 KPCC
Good news about West Nile virus in Iowa - KCCI Des Moines
San Diego man talks about surviving West Nile virus - fox5sandiego.com
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Survey: Substance abuse decreasing among county youth - Prescott Valley Tribune
Risky Business: Recent News About Teen Alcohol And Drug Abuse - CapeNews.net
US nuclear missile launch officer charged with drug use - Press TV
IMPD: Parents need to recognize signs of drug abuse - WISH-TV
State database to help prevent prescription drug abuse - WMBF
Faces Of Addiction: Photos Show How Drug Abuse Changes Users' Physical ... - Medical Daily
Panel: Quashing Prescription Drug Abuse Demands Community Effort - AAFP News
Kentucky awarded grant for prescription drug abuse prevention program - The Floyd County Times
[UPDATED] PSAs to target high rate of Rx drug abuse among local youth - Helena Independent Record
Teen Drug Abuse: Sleep, Anxiety Meds 12 Times More Likely To Be Abused By ... - Medical Daily
EBOLA
Mass. General Hospital testing patient for Ebola - Boston Globe
NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman on violating Ebola quarantine: 'I'm very sorry' - Today.com
New Concerns Over Response to Ebola Crisis - New York Times
One Village's Story: How Ebola Began And How It Ends - NPR (blog)
Obama urges Congress to approve $6 billion for Ebola fight - Reuters
Ebola Knocked West African Countries Off Development Ladder - NPR
The Ethics of Fighting Ebola - New York Times
UN: World meeting most Ebola goals, but work remains - USA TODAY
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
 
IN THE NEWS
DECEMBER IS 2014 INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
This month is the 13th Annual International Sharps Injury Prevenion Awareness Month.  Each year many hospitals, physician officies, dental offices and others take note of the many challenges with needlestick and other sharps injuries that occur.  Please take time this month to plan your Exposure Control Plan for 2015.  Make sure that you are in compliance by asking front-line workers to help identify, evaluate and implement the use of safety products.
Tell us about your activities and we would be honored to share them with others!
HEALTHCARE WORKERS STILL VULNERABLE TO 'SPLASH AND SPLATTER
In spite of protections, mucocutaneous splash and splatter incidents still occur frequently, often in hospital areas that are considered to be low risk and in the absence of appropriate personal protective equipment, according to the largest study of its kind. Dr Mitchell identified 5038 mucocutaneous splash and splatter incidents to the eyes, nose, and mouth from 1995 to 2007, 66% of which occurred in high-risk hospital areas and 34% of which occurred in low-risk areas.
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SHARPS INJURIES - ARE YOU USING SAFER SHARPS?
In May 2013 the Health and Safety Regulations came into effect (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare), making it a requirement that employers use safer sharps which incorporate protection mechanisms. By using safer sharps this may prevent or minimise the risk of accidental injuries in the workplace.
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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.
 
HOW TO HANDLE EBOLA WASTE REMOVAL
The Nebraska Medical Center shares its best practices.
A medical center experienced in disposing of Ebola waste is sharing its keys to success. The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, which has treated several Ebola patients, shares its best practices for Ebola waste removal in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
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RARE ACCIDENT EXPOSES LITTLE B.C. GIRL TO HIV DURING VACCINATION
A lot of children, and adults, for that matter, are afraid of needles. But a little B.C. girl’s flinch as she was getting a routine vaccination is proving scarier than the shot itself. The six-year-old was getting a booster shot at the Fort St. James health unit in northern B.C. in early October. The child’s father told 250News she flinched as the nurse was giving the injection, causing the needle to go through the child’s skin and into the nurse’s hand. In drawing the needle back, the nurse’s blood mixed with the little girl’s blood.
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AMERICANS IDENTIFY POOR HYGIENE-RELATED OFFICE BEHAVIOR
Cintas Corporation facilitated a survey conducted online among 2,011 adults ages 18 and older. The study found that of the 81 percent of Americans who have witnessed a gross workplace habit, the majority concluded that the act of wiping a runny nose on one’s hands or sleeve is the grossest.
 
The top five “grossest” cold and flu behaviors include:
  • Wiping runny nose on hands or sleeve: 16%  
  • Not covering mouth/nose when sneezing: 15%  
  • Not covering mouth when coughing: 12%  
  • Not washing hands frequently: 9%  
  • Leaving dirty tissues on desk: 8% 
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UNSCREENED BLOOD INFECTS 15 KIDS WITH HIV AIDS
LAHORE: In what could likely turn out to be one of the most alarming healthcare scandals to date, at least 15 minors suffering from thalassemia, an genetic blood disorder that requires frequent blood transfusions for the patient to live, were tested HIV-Positive, Samaa reported.  There’s consensus among experts that transfusing unscreened blood is the most likely route of transferring these infections, which pins all the blame on blood banks that are guilty of not screening the donated blood.
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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
 
 
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET A NEEDLESTICK?
While placing a central line, you sustain a needlestick. You’ve washed the area thoroughly with soap and water, but you are concerned about contracting a bloodborne pathogen. What is the risk of contracting such a pathogen, and what can be done to reduce this risk?
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NOT WORTH THE RISK: FAILING TO IMPLEMENT BASIC SAFE INJECTION TECHNIQUES
The International Spine Intervention Society supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safe injection practices. As a strong proponent of using evidence-based medicine and safe injection practices, the International Spine Intervention Society agrees with the message espoused by CDC’s new Key Standards for Pain Clinics.
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ELCAM MEDICAL INTRODUCES MINIMAL RESIDUAL VOLUME LUER ACTIVATED STOPCOCK FOR ZERO RESIDUAL FLUIDS
Marvelous™ is a state-of-the-art specialized flow-control stopcock used for the administration of IV procedures, including medications, or as a blood sampling port in hemodynamic monitoring sets. Due to its unique design, the Marvelous™ stopcock ensures maximum safety of patients and medical staff during medical procedures at hospital ICUs and at other critical care facilities and outpatient clinics.
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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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