Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 30, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Blood-filled syringe found on junior sports ground - Northern Star
City of Port Phillip says used syringes on St Kilda beach 'rare' after young ... - 3AW
Risk of blood-borne viruses from sharps injuries continues, report claims - PersonnelToday.com
Kaiser Permanente RN's approve new contract after strike - KIONrightnow.com
Avoiding 'needlestick' claims - Lexology (registration)
HIV
30 years later, Minn. doctor still opening doors in fight against AIDS - Minnesota Public Radio News
Cops: Man fought officer, said 'Hope you enjoyed that, I'm HIV positive' - WSBT-TV
War in Ukraine threatens to worsen HIV crisis - Al Jazeera America
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis B is a hugely misunderstood disease, expert says - Times of India
Expensive Hepatitis C Cure Georgia Decides Who Gets It, Who Doesn't - WABE 90.1 FM
Proposed Legislation Would Require Baby Boomers to Be Offered Tests for ... - NJ Spotlight
Quest in broad deal with CDC for hepatitis analysis - Reuters
Senators balk at cost of hepatitis C drug, other mid-year expenses - STLtoday.com
WEST NILE
Shemek battling back from West Nile - Columbus Telegram
2014 stacked up as mild for West Nile in Dallas - Dallas Morning News
Min. of Health: 38 Afflicted by West Nile Virus in 2014 - Arutz Sheva
West Nile Virus Fast Facts - Gant Daily
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Springfield Coalition Looks To Curb Drug Abuse in Local Youth - abc40
Clarksburg-Harrison Library Educates Area on Drug Abuse - WBOY-TV
Local organization raising awareness on dangers of prescription drug abuse - KGNS.tv
'Straight Talk' offers truths about drug use - Kane County Chronicle
Prescription drug abuse kills hundreds every year in La. - Opelousas Daily World
Prescription drug abuse 'epidemic' costing TN taxpayers - WBIR-TV
The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse - Brain Blogger (blog)
EBOLA
The UN Wants Another $1 Billion to Fight Ebola - Bloomberg
Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital - Reuters
A famous Ebola patient who remained anonymous for 20 years - Science AAAS
Ebola outbreak: Complacency now a concern - CBC.ca
WHO: New Ebola cases drop to lowest level in 7 months - CNN
The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists - TIME
Do Ebola educators make a difference? - The Guardian
Patient Safe Syringes
Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination. Their unique luer guard reduces the risk of luer tip contact contamination.
It also reduces the risk of contamination of intravenous fluid. Patient Safe® syringes are compatible with most available hypodermic needles, including those with manually activated safety features, vial access devices, and luer-activated catheter hub.
 
 
IN THE NEWS
RISK OF BLOOD-BORNE VIRUSES FROM SHARPS INJURIES CONTINUES, REPORT CLAIMS
Healthcare workers continue to be at risk of exposure to blood-borne viruses through occupational sharps injuries, with reported cases increasing, Public Health England (PHE) has warned in a damning report. This is despite awareness of the risk of sharps injuries, safe practices being much more widespread, and the fact safety-engineered devices to prevent such injuries are now widely available.
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BD MUST STILL PAY $350M+ DUE TO SAFETY SYRINGE SPAT; OTHER PUNISHMENTS DELAYED .
A federal court has upheld the $350 million-plus in damages that Becton Dickinson owes Retractactable Technologies due to a legal spat over drug-delivering prefilled syringes.
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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.
 
HEPATITIS C VICTIMS REQUEST CLASS ACTION SUIT
After patients of Manor Care were diagnosed with Hepatitis C, they say the Manor Care facility is at fault and should pay. Manor Care claims that if the blame is assigned to them, then Trinity would also be responsible, since their blood draw services were used on the patients.
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THOUGHTS AFTER MY FIRST NEEDLESTICK INJURY
Last year I became part of a group I’d managed to avoid during my 30 years of nursing. I joined the ranks of those who have suffered a needlestick injury, putting me at risk for...
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CITY OF PORT PHILLIP SAYS USED SYRINGES ON ST KILDA BEACH 'RARE'
Tom Elliott hears distressing story of young girl stepping on a syringe at St Kilda beach on Australia Day.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 'SHARPS'
While Melrose officials admit that hypodermic needles and syringes being found throughout the city pose a serious risk to public safety, procedures are in place for appropriate disposal of such items.
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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.
 
 
WBRC : WOMAN CHARGED AFTER NEEDLE IN WAISTBAND STICKS DEPUTY
Our gloves help protect the police from just such threats.
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LOOK SHARP
This video targets tattoo artists and body piercers and briefly describes the risk that these workers face from working with needles, and outlines a few simple...
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SCRUTINY INCREASES AT HARTFORD HEALTH CLINIC; MISHANDLING OF SUSPECTED EBOLA ..
Community Health Services in the north end, one of the state's busiest medical clinics, mishandled a patient with Ebola -like symptoms and failed to make a cardiac referral for another patient who later had a heart attack and died,...
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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

 
 
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 t
o 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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