Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 20, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Court of Appeals Order – Retractable Technologies, Inc., et al., v. Becton, Dickinson and Co.
Credence MedSystems Wins Drug Delivery Innovation Award
Needlestick Ebola cases 'unrelated', says army official
Needlestick injury 'means Ebola could be carried into blood'
Risk of blood-borne viruses from sharps injuries continues, report claims
HIV
New Potential HIV Vaccine Drug 'Absolutely 100% Effective' In Monkeys
Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse
Protein inactivates virtually all strains of HIV
The quest for an AIDS vaccine: A timeline
Radical HIV vaccine ploy raises hope
Gilead's Pill Can Stop HIV. So Why Does Almost Nobody Take It?
A Bold New Plan Could Keep More HIV/AIDS Patients in Treatment
HEPATITIS
Tigers NRL trio tested in hepatitis scare
Berry-related hepatitis A confirmed in WA
New Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi needed in B.C., say desperate patients
NSW hepatitis A patient 'very cranky' with frozen berries debacle
Australians get hepatitis A from Chinese berries
WEST NILE
Mosquitos which can carry deadly disease found in UK for the first time
The Coming Climate Change Plague
Warming Planet Threatens More and Possibly Deadlier Pathogens, Warns Study
Climate Change And Disease: Greater Outbreaks Expected As Rising Temperatures Disrupt Habitats
Mosquito fogging worth risks, report says; Santa Clara County seeks public input
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.
 
 
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
NC Attorney General Roy Cooper visits Hoggard, talks prescription drug abuse prevention
AG Cooper talks Rx drug abuse prevention at Hoggard High
Lebanon County Coroner: Drug deaths up, suicides down
The White House Challenges Prescription Drug Abuse
MGSH students attend conference to reduce youth drug use
EBOLA
Obama to meet Liberian president on Ebola recovery
WHO: Sharp decline in Ebola cases has now leveled off
Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders
15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic
Ebola doctor fears deadly scenes may yet be repeated
Limited airborne transmission of Ebola is ‘very likely,’ new study says
Unsafe burials increase in Ebola-hit countries: WHO
SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'
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
 
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Blood-filled syringe found on junior sports ground
A BLOOD-FILLED syringe was found on a Lismore oval heavily used by junior sport players. 
IN THE NEWS
INFECTIOUS DISEASES SPREADING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: STUDY
Climate change has triggered the spread of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts such as West Nile virus and Ebola, an alarming study shows.Researchers from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the US warn that humans can expect
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JUST PUBLISHED - NEW EDITION OF OR PROFESSIONAL SAFETY BOOK
My friend and colleague, Dr. Mark S Davis has just published a new edition of his  wonderful book.
 
JUST PUBLISHED: The NEW and Updated 2015 Third Edition of Advanced Precautions for Today'S OR: The Operating Room Professional's Handbook for the Prevention of Sharps Injuries and Bloodborne Exposures, By Mark S. Davis, M.D. The book is available as an e-book download at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S5BLSW0
 
EBOLA: A FRIGHTENING CONSEQUENCE OF UNSAFE INJECTIONS AND NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
AOHP recently published an article from the ISIPS Newsletter editor.  Click the link below to finish reading the article and to see  what else AOHP has for you!
 
Ebola: A Frightening Consequence of Unsafe Injections and Needlestick Injuries
With the emergence of the Ebola epidemic in Africa, article author Ron Stoker, MS, Executive Director of the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society, reviews the importance of protecting frontline healthcare workers by applying standard measures of precautions in all healthcare facilities and encouraging safe phlebotomy practices to prevent needlesticks and other sharps injuries. He stresses the importance of minimizing the potential of sharps injuries by using passive or semi-passive automated retraction safety devices, which dramatically decrease needlestick injuries and the risk of reuse.
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HOSPITAL TO NURSES: YOUR INJURIES ARE NOT OUR PROBLEM
The case of Terry Cawthorn and Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C., gives a glimpse of how some hospital officials around the country have shrugged off an epidemic. Cawthorn was a nurse at Mission for more than 20 years. Her supervisor testified under oath that she was "one of my most reliable employees."
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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.
 
 
HIV STRAIN FOUND IN CUBA COULD BE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE EVER STUDIED IN HUMANS
Researchers recently identified an aggressive new strain of human immunodeficiency virus in Cuba that advances to Aids much faster than the average strain, but this variant of the virus may be the most aggressive ever studied in humans.
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BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS SHOW EARLY PROMISE AS POSSIBLE EBOLA CURE - AS TRIALS ON BLOOD AND PLASMA PROGRESS, RESEARCHERS ASK IF THEY MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED SOONER
Sierra Leone — “Have courage to buckle up,” said the doctor, before he injected blood into the veins of Kadiatu Fofanah, a young woman in the throes of Ebola. It had been a week since Fofanah had doubled over, feverish and vomiting. 
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FORMER VEGAS DOCTOR CONVICTED IN HEPATITIS C MURDER WANTS FRAUD CASE MOVED TO RENO
Lawyers for Dr. Dipak Desai are pushing to let him plead guilty and be sentenced in Reno — rather than Las Vegas — in a federal health care fraud conspiracy stemming from the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.  In court papers late last week, lead defense lawyer Richard Wright said the move would allow Desai to remain in the state prison medical unit in Carson City where he is being treated for “neurological and cardiac” conditions.
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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

 
 
REDUCING THE RISK OF SHARPS INJURIES
Anytime a member of your hospital staff starts an IV, injects medication, or participates in a surgical procedure, he or she can be at risk for a skin puncture, cut, or scratch by a needle or other sharp device...
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BABYLANCE SAFETY HEELSTICK

The babyLance™ safety heelstick from MediPurpose™ was developed with more than 10 years of proven product development expertise, leveraging the advanced thinking behind our SurgiLance™ safety lancet. The result is a precise, safe and consistent heel incision device specifically designed for babies.

Performance You Will Appreciate

 

The proprietary spring design provides a swift pendulum action of the cutting blade that makes a gentle incision and complies with CLSI LA4-A5 guidelines.

 

Easy on You and Baby

 

The industry's easiest trigger reduces finger pressure and activation distance for improved stability and incision quality, which greatly minimizes the risk of bruising.

Fits Your Hand Like a Glove

 

Designed with you in mind. Ergonomically, the dimples give you a secure grip. While functionally, the device cradles the baby's foot for stability and reduced rock, with visual markings that enable better alignment and a more accurate incision.

The Perfect Incision Every Time

 

The innovative spring design controls the consistency of the depth and width of the incision for better blood flow, without touching the baby's tender nerve fibers.

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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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QLICKSMART FAMILY OF STERILE BLADE REMOVERS
Qlicksmart Family of Safety Scalpel Removers
QLICKSMART Family of Sterile Blade Removers
 
Qlicksmart Sterile Blade Removers provide a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. These single-handed scalpel blade removers are passive (automatic) safety devices, and therefore safer and more effective than active (manual) safety devices.
Qlicksmart Family of Sterile Scalpel Blade Removers
 
Qlicksmart Sterile Blade Removers prevent the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing technique and comply with safety guidelines such as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
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