Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 12, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Increase in hep C, B and HIV exposure from sharps injuries - Nursing Times
Patient with Ebola exposure admitted to NIH - W*USA 9
Cambridge Design Partnership Helps to Develop RauSafe: Award Winning ... - Thegardenisland.com
Exposures to blood viruses on the rise - Nursing in Practice
An exhausted medic's mistake - EMS1.com
10 top patient safety issues for 2015 - Becker's Hospital Review
VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set
The VanishPoint® Blood Collection Set, from Retractable Technologies, Inc., features automated in-vein retraction that effectively reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposure.  The safety mechanism is activated by depressing a retraction trigger that is located near the finger-grip area.  This allows for easy one-handed activation, without changes in hand position, while reducing the risk of inadvertent activation.  The needle is retracted directly from the patient, virtually eliminating exposure to the contaminated needle.
HIV
Survey leads to more study of California HIV-prevention drug users - Reuters
Hepatitis C ruled out as cause of mental impairment in HIV patients - Medical Xpress
Kenyan women with HIV sue over sterilisation - BBC News
Geospatial study identifies hotspots in deaths from HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C ...
A new study from epidemiologists at Tufts University School of Medicine helps to identify communities with the greatest public health need in Massachusetts for resources relating to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
HEPATITIS
Nearly 4 million Americans infected with hepatitis C - Good4Utah
Gilead Faces Lawsuit Over Hepatitis C Drug Pricing - ABC News
Costly Hepatitis 'C' Drug Makers Face New Fire - The Fiscal Times
Nearly 4 million Americans infected with hepatitis C
Millions of people in the United States suffer from hepatitis C, but most of them don't even know they have it. Dr. Michael Charlton from Intermountain Medical Center talks more about the disease.
WEST NILE
West Nile virus: What you should know - WMDT
Health authorities on the lookout for West Nile virus in Guanacaste - Inside Costa Rica
12th Human West Nile Case Reported in Dallas County - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
West Nile virus cases top 2000 in the US for 3rd year in a row - Outbreak News Today
State's death toll from West Nile virus highest this year compared to nation - Daily Democrat
First Socorro West Nile case since 2007 reported - El Defensor Chieftain
Calif. Reports Highest Number of West Nile Virus Deaths Since 2004 - California Healthline
West Nile hits home again for Denton woman - WFAA
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Somerset Freeholders announce media campaign that addresses prescription ... - NJ.com
Four UR students facing drug charges - News 10NBC
Medical examiner, sheriff target drug abuse in 2015 - Richmond-News
Nonprofit could be another tool in battling drug abuse - The Times (subscription)
Washington County to hold public forums on drug abuse - TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Dusty Roads created to fight drug abuse - The Times (subscription)
Faces Of Addiction: Photos Show How Drug Abuse Changes Users' Physical ... - Medical Daily
EBOLA
Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims? Families - Daily Beast
Ebola cases require rare dual air ambulance rescues - Yahoo News
Nurse with Ebola 'exposure' admitted to NIH hospital - CNN
Joint Pain Interrupts Ebola Vaccine Trial - NBCNews.com
Ebola Response Reveals Double Standard In U.S. Health Care - Forbes
Woman who saved relatives from Ebola coming to US for nursing school - CNN
Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone bodies found piled up in Kono - BBC News
Look Inside Village Where Ebola Outbreak First Appeared - NBCNews.com
How Effective Is Screening for Ebola at Airports? - TIME
Patient with Ebola exposure admitted to NIH
NIH is expected to admit a patient with exposure to the Ebola virus Thursday afternoon.
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
INCREASE IN HEP C, B AND HIV EXPOSURE FROM SHARPS INJURIES
Nursing staff continue to be at risk of exposure to bloodborne viruses from sharps injuries, with figures showing a rise in staff reporting these incidents.  This is despite the availability of safety-engineered devices and new rules promoting their use, noted Public Health England in its Eye of the Needle report.
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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!
NEEDLESTICK
I remember the incident vividly; the man on the stretcher, the flashing lights, my sleep deprived mind reacting to things as if I were on an acid trip back in ’76, the sounds of Broad Street in the background, muted by the closed doors of the ambulance but still audible as the hustle and bustle of life in the inner city went on around us,  but most of all the miniscule bloody hole in the meat of my left palm.
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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 memory.  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
 
 
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EXPOSURES TO BLOOD VIRUSES ON THE RISE
Healthcare workers are at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses (BBV) such as HIV, hepatitis B and C.  A report launched by Public Health England (PHE) warns that the number of healthcare workers reporting occupational exposures increased from 373 in 2004 to 496 in 2013.
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CLINICIANS AND HAND HYGIENE ARE PARTNERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HAIS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics are well known — 1 in every 20 hospital patients acquires an infection while receiving medical care in hospitals.
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NOT WORTH THE RISK: FAILING TO IMPLEMENT BASIC SAFE INJECTION TECHNIQUES
Today, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Safe Healthcare Blog, guest author Andrew Engel, MD, of the International Spine Intervention Society talks about consequences of failing to follow basic safe injection techniques...
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GLOBAL NEEDLESTICK SAFETY INJECTION DEVICE MARKET: 5 THINGS TO KNOW
Safety injection devices, such as safety syringes and safety needles are designed to eliminate needlestick injuries while also increasing the safety of drug administration.
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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 to 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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