Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 9, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Residents Encouraged to Donate Blood - Olney Daily Mail
Interrad Medical Announces Distribution Agreement with Alliance Medical - Fort Mills Times
Safe personal disposal of sharps - Edwards Air Force Base
New UNMC patient apparently has not yet developed Ebola - Kearney Hub
Research and Markets: Global Needlestick Safety Injection Devices Market - 10 ... - Business Wire (press release)
Needle safety device - Today's Medical Developments
Parents sue hospital over illness 7-year-old allegedly contracted from needle ... - The Louisiana Record
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
HIV-positive Children at Higher risk of Pneumonia - Lung Disease News
HIV Diagnosis Rates are Highest in Deep South, Study Finds - Human Rights Campaign (blog)
Timothy Ray Brown: World's only person cured of HIV speaks about stem cell ... - International Business Times UK
US guidelines on prevention with people living with HIV now emphasise ... - aidsmap
New York City's public health 'warrior' revamps HIV messaging - Al Jazeera America
the Psychological Effects of HIV - U.S. News & World Report
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions - Military Times
Expensive Hepatitis C treatments are 'history in the making' - Ottawa Citizen
Gilead Makes Exclusive Deal With CVS for Hepatitis C Drugs - Bloomberg
New Jersey Hepatitis cases linked to restaurant detailed - lehighvalleylive.com
WEST NILE
Mosquito alert for West Nile has been lifted - Gainesville Sun
West Nile Virus Fast Facts - ErieTVNews
First West Nile Virus case confirmed in Brazil - Vaccine News Daily
Brazil Reports First West Nile Virus Case to World Health Organization - Infection Control Today
Town of Islip man is Suffolk County's 1st human West Nile virus case of 2014 - Outbreak News Today
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Long Island schools team up to fight drug abuse - Newsday
Kansas privacy law impacts student drug abuse survey - Education Dive
Substance Abuse in the Elderly - PsychCentral.com (blog)
Mayor Myrick announces new group to tackle drug abuse in Ithaca - The Ithaca Voice
Man admits to slashing random tires, drug use - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Prescription drug abuse webinar set - Chillicothe Gazette
Summit to address opioid drug abuse - Albuquerque Journal
Healey Targets Drug Abuse Problem In Mass. - WBUR
Healey plans task force to keep focus on drug abuse - Lowell Sun
Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says - CNN
EBOLA
Schumer: Feds should pay $1.3 million bill for Ebola response at Upstate ... - Syracuse.com
Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey set to remain critically ill 'for some time' - Telegraph.co.uk
Patient who tested negative for Ebola in Wales named locally - Express.co.uk
Ohio Bridal Store Linked to Ebola Survivor Is Closing - ABC News
A Brilliantly Designed Hazmat Suit for Ebola Workers - Wired
Ebola in the U.S.: How Dallas Rallied to Prevent an Epidemic - Vanity Fair
WHO: Ebola Spread May Be Slowing in Sierra Leone - Voice of America
Durham doctor treats Ebola patients, then self-quarantines - WRAL.com
In Liberia, UN Ebola mission chief commends progress, warns against ... - UN News Centre
Clinical Trial for Ebola Drug Starts in Liberia - TIME
Ebola deaths top 8000; exposures trigger health worker evacuations - CIDRAP
As official Ebola deaths top 8,000 in West Africa, UNMEER leadership changes hands, and Guinea launches a new effort to battle the disease.
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 TIMES
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.
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NEEDLE POINTS TO HIV RISK
Women have up to an additional 40% risk of contracting HIV if they are using the progesterone injection for birth control.
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GOT SAFETY DEVICES? IT’S BEST TO USE THEM
The New Mexico Supreme Court has held that a “Wet Floor” sign is a “safety device” under the New Mexico Workers Compensation Act. What about sharps injury prevention products?   If an employer is negligent in failing to supply a safety device, the employee is entitled to a statutory 10 percent increase in benefits under the act.  
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ANA NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION GUIDE
Every year, hundreds of thousands of health care workers are exposed to deadly diseases like HIV and hepatitis C through needlestick and sharps injuries. With today’s technology, nurses no longer need to face such high risks. ANA is dedicated to working with nurses across the country to significantly reduce needlestick and sharps injuries.
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PROLANCE

PROLANCE single-use safety lancets have been designed for modern capillary blood sampling and the device is an integral component to sharps-injury prevention programs in hospitals, clinics and wherever patients and professionals have to feel safe.


PROLANCE is available in six different color-coded product versions to meet specific blood sample application and address the variety of patient skin type

HEALTHCARE WORKERS 'STILL AT RISK OF INFECTION FROM SHARPS INJURIES'
A new study has highlighted the ongoing risk of exposure to bloodborne viruses through occupational sharps injuries among healthcare workers.
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STAFF URGED TO REMEMBER SHARPS SAFETY AS VIRUS EXPOSURES RISE
Nursing Standard Infection nurse specialist Jill Holmes, a member of the Safer Needles Network, which aims to protect workers from needlestick injuries, said: 'It is essential for all...
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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.
 
 
10 CHILDREN GET HIV FROM BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS
ISLAMABAD: Ten children have been infected with HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions, officials said Thursday, in a “shocking” case highlighting the abysmal state of blood screening in the country.
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SAFE PERSONAL DISPOSAL OF SHARPS
At Edwards AFB's main clinic, the 412th Medical Group laboratory will accept used sharps already placed in a sharps container. If you do not have a sharps container, the laboratory will allow you to dispose of your sharps into their sharps container.
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JOINT COMMISSION OFFERS NEW JOURNAL ARTICLES ON IMPROVING HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE TO PREVENT HAIS
Joint Commission Resources today released the January 2015 issue of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
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PARENTS SUE HOSPITAL OVER ILLNESS 7-YEAR-OLD ALLEGEDLY CONTRACTED FROM NEEDLE STICK
The parents of a 7-year-old who allegedly contracted an auto-immune disorder after being stuck by a contaminated needle while in the care of a local hospital and healthcare providers are suing.
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PROGRESS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Occupational blood exposure (OBE) is a well-recognised hazard in the healthcare setting. A 4-year review of OBE in a large Irish teaching hospital over 2008-2011 found encouraging results, but identified deficits in documentation, communication and follow-up
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QLICKSMART BLADESINGLE
 
Qlicksmart BladeSINGLE provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. This world-first single-handed scalpel blade remover prevents the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing techniques.
 
BladeSINGLE enables single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harm’s way. The clear casing of the cartridge allows easy and accurate counting.
 
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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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