Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 20, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Health Care Providers Report Ease of Use and Preference for the PharmaJet Needle-Free Injector
Wonkblog: Why it took so long for the world to start using ‘smart,’ self-destructing syringes
BD must still pay $350M+ due to safety syringe spat; other punishments delayed pending appeal
A federal court has upheld the $350 million-plus in damages that Becton Dickinson ($BDX) owes Retractable Technologies due to a legal spat over drug delivering prefilled syringes. But BD can take solace in the part of Davis' ruling that stayed a previous order requiring the company to inform end users about its false advertising regarding the syringes.
Workers comp only for distressed nurse after accidental HIV needle stick
Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for a health care worker who said her employer subjected her to emotional distress by inquiring about work absences after she was injured on the job, a federal judge has ruled.Elsa Roberts worked as a...
Needles From Heroin Use Continue To Be Discarded In Public Areas ‘Sharp Increase In Numbers Continues’
Several weeks ago a young Sullivan child was stuck with a discarded needle outside of his home near another property. Discarded needles are a weekly, sometimes daily, problem for law enforcement officers in the City of Sullivan as numbers have increased from just five located in 2010 to 45 in 2014.
Discarded needle disposal tips: 5 ways to stay safe
Melting snow uncovers more than just pavement, so the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy is offering tips on dealing with stray syringes
HIV
SurModics IVD Part of Breakthrough Smartphone-Driven HIV Test
Herpes Drug Might Help Control Spread of HIV, Too
HIV/AIDS has declined in Nigeria –UNAIDS
HIV not as infectious soon after transmission as thought
Central African Republic Doctors Say War Boosting HIV Prevalence
Can HIV Be Stopped in San Diego Within 10 Years? This Organization Is Betting on It
What It's Like to Be a Woman With HIV
HIV tests agony of mum cut by discarded syringe
A YORK mum-of-two says she has become a virtual prisoner in her own home after being cut by a dirty needle discarded outside her flat.
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study
Critical Reports Mount On Hepatitis C Pill Costs
Federal Judge Lets NY Prison Hepatitis Policy Claim Proceed
Hepatitis A: how it spreads and symptoms to watch for
Hepatitis A cases trigger vaccinations at North Ridge Elementary in Surrey
WHO urges stepped-up battle against hepatitis B
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.
 
 
WEST NILE
Upcoming season expected to be bad for West Nile virus
Even in drought, mosquitoes threaten
FAQ: Could this be a bad year for West Nile virus?
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Drug firms work to find strong pain relievers that don’t invite abuse
Aging baby boomers bring drug habits into middle age
Hickenlooper effort targets prescription drug overdoses in Colorado
$2.5 Million NIH Grant to Fund Mount Sinai Research into Reducing Heroin Injection and HIV Infection
EBOLA
Ebola means 'school is not safe'
Violence against women rises in Ebola-hit nations: ministers: TRFN
Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people
Violence against women rises in Ebola-hit nations: ministers
WHO chief says 'tremendous progress' made in Ebola fight
How to Prevent the Next Ebola
Ebola Epidemic: Why a Few Cases Could Threaten Progress
Guinea Ebola cases rise, three doctors infected
U.S. Ebola patient now in critical conditio: NIH
Ebola virus: Nine things to know
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
WHO urges India to advocate use of auto-disable syringes
To tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injection practices, Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan flagged off “Global Campaign for Safe Injection Practice” on the use of a new injection safety policy. 
IN THE NEWS
MICHIGAN STATE SENATOR MIKE KOWALL RECEIVES AWARD FOR PROMOTING HEALTHCARE SAFETY
LANSINGState Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was recognized Wednesday by the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) and StaffAndPatientSafety.org for his work promoting staff and patient safety in health care.
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CDC - PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN - NIOSH WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH TOPIC
Trying to implement higher order controls? Check out this Prevention Through Design info. 
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11 AMERICANS RETURNING FROM SIERRA LEONE FOR EBOLA CONCERNS
Americans are being flown back to the United States as the CDC investigates the possibility they might have been exposed to Ebola.
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RETURNING EBOLA WORKERS STAY AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES
Three in four British people would not shake hands with a healthcare worker recently returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, a survey by the Red Cross has found.
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PAINKILLERS KILL MORE THAN HEROIN AND COCAINE COMBINED
Over 12 million on painkillers without a real medical reason. Yes, prescription painkillers do in fact take more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.
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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
 
FIVE FORMER PATIENTS OF DENTIST TEST POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS
Desmond D'Mello, who ran a practice in Nottingham for 32 years, sparked the biggest patient recall after he was secretly filmed treating patients. Five of 4,526 have since tested positive for hepatitis C.
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MEDICAL BIOHAZARD CONTAINERS FOUND TRASHED IN ARKANSAS RIVER NEAR RALSTON
A disturbing discovery of syringes, needles and vials of blood have been found washing to shore along the Arkansas River.
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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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AHO requirements.
 

For more information, contact Bemis Health Care 

Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
WORKERS COMP ONLY FOR DISTRESSED NURSE AFTER ACCIDENTAL HIV NEEDLE STICK
Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for a health care worker who said her employer subjected her to emotional distress by inquiring about work absences after she was injured on the job with a needlestick injury.
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SAN LUIS OBISPO DENTIST CITED FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties totaling $8,100...
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MEDICAL DEVICE START-UP CELEBRATES IMPORTANT MILESTONE
PenBlade, a developer and manufacturer of safety scalpels, graduated from their space at BioInnovations Gateway on Wednesday, March 5th. 
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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 memor.  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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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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