Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 19, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needles in recycling bins put staff at risk - Southland Times
In the line of duty – a tribute to those helping fight Ebola - Eleven Myanmar
Myeloma In Paradise: It's A Matter Of Perspective - The Myeloma Beacon
NIH: Nurse Exposed to Ebola Has Not Tested Positive for Virus - BethesdaMagazine.com
FDA clears syringe that prevents needlestick injuries - FierceDrugDelivery
Ebola watch: Living through a needle stick - U-T San Diego
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
Local honored for his work in HIV community outreach - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lehigh man sentenced to 25 years for not disclosing he has HIV - The News-Press
HIV screening should be done for the determination of status - GhanaWeb
Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection - Aljazeera.com
HIV-positive mother is on a mission to help local women with the disease - WJLA
Secret For Life-Saving HIV Cure Could Be Llamas - International Business Times AU
HIV Infections Surge in Cambodian Village - Wall Street Journal
Man With HIV Who Did Not Tell Partner Sentenced To Probation, Victim Upset ... - 10TV
Cambodia orders probe after HIV cases top 100 in village of 800 people - Al Jazeera America
China village petitions to 'isolate' HIV positive boy - BBC News
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis C Treatment Wins Approval, but Price Relief May Be Limited - New York Times
Arrowhead, Despite Ailing Stock, Reloads in RNAi Hepatitis B Fight - Xconomy
Sky-high price has VA rationing new hepatitis-C drug - Montgomery Advertiser
Cost of Hepatitis C drug means major state Medicaid spend - Capital New York
WEST NILE
Brazil reports 1st human West Nile virus case in Piauí State - Outbreak News Today
Suffolk County Announces Year's First West Nile Case - CBS Local
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
First Socorro West Nile case since 2007 reported - El Defensor Chieftain
Florida human West Nile virus cases up to 15 - Outbreak News Today
Calif. Reports Highest Number of West Nile Virus Deaths Since 2004 - California Healthline
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Recovery from substance abuse gets boost in Muskingum, Perry - Zanesville Times Recorder
State fares well in new drug report - The Harlan Daily Enterprise
Drug abuse bills now await governor's signature - NorthJersey.com
Speaker Recalls Drug Abuse 'Through The Eyes Of A Child' - Greeneville Sun
Senate Committee Offers to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse - Roll Call (blog)
Partnership looks to reduce Rx drug abuse - Seacoastonline.com
Opinion: Family drug abuse can be stopped - Cincinnati.com
Grant to help combat youth drug abuse in Sumner County - The Tennessean
Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says How ... - CNN
Battling Rx drug abuse means taking a closer look - Asheville Citizen-Times
EBOLA
UIHC trains emergency personnel on Ebola response - Iowa City Press Citizen
Chicago Patient Being Monitored for Ebola Symptoms Discharged - NBC Chicago
Officials: Child at U. of C. tests negative for Ebola - Chicago Tribune
Ebola death toll close to 7400, says World Health Organisation - The Guardian
A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money - NPR (blog)
Could Christmas Worsen Ebola's Spread? - NBCNews.com
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!
FROM CLINICIAN TO SUSPECT CASE: MY EXPERIENCE AFTER A NEEDLE STICK IN AN EBOLA TREATMENT UNIT IN SIERRA LEONE
While providing clinical care in the confirmed ward of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Kenema, Sierra Leone, I accidentally stuck an 18-gauge hollow-bore needle deep into my left thumb. I could immediately feel some blood oozing under my gloves, and I squeezed the area of penetration to try to promote additional bleeding. 
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WORRIES MOUNT THAT HIV INFECTIONS IN CAMBODIAN VILLAGE COULD RISE
The number of confirmed HIV cases stemming from a mass infection in a remote northwestern part of Cambodia leapt to 140 on Saturday and concerns are mounting that the tally could climb higher.
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NURSES UNION PREYED UPON OUR EBOLA FEARS
Strikes and work stoppages have long been organized labor’s ultimate trump card. Merely the possibility of workers walking off the job en masse, and the resulting productivity losses and negative press, have forced many an employer to cave to union demands...
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I BECAME A DAD… AND THEN FOUND OUT I WAS HIV POSITIVE
In the most tumultuous two months of his life, Greg Guelda split from his partner, adopted his daughter, and then found out he’d become HIV positive
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ONE MILLION PEOPLE WITH HEPATITIS C IN THE US AT HIGH PRIORITY FOR TREATMENT - AIDSMAP
An estimated 813,000 people with diagnosed hepatitis C in the US have undergone liver disease staging and meet the 'highest' or 'high' priority criteria for immediate treatment, according to an analysis presented at the American Association for the...
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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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THE RISKY BUSINESS OF NURSING
A few decades ago, a needlestick or sharps injury was the most feared workplace hazard in nursing. This fear was primarily founded on the risk for acquisition of HIV, a risk that was responsible for the institution of universal precautions in healthcare. In 2000, Congress passed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act to increase protection to healthcare workers from HIV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and other bloodborne pathogens. 
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UNFORTUNATE NEW STUDY FINDS HIV STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION IS ALIVE AND WELL
A new study conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law offers a stark portrait of what life is like for many HIV-positive people living in Southern California.
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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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