Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 27, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Local Patients Denied Lifesaving Treatment
Ebola: Seventh Brit sent home
British military medical worker tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone
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
Over 500 HIV cases recorded in January
HIV May Trigger a Public Health Emergency in Indiana
'We Need Help': HIV 'Epidemic' Hits Small Indiana Town
HIV outbreak in southern Indiana worst in state's history
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.
Government, hospitals fail to protect nurses from workplace injuries
Government, hospitals fail to protect nurses from workplace injuriesDespite the epidemic of workplace injuries and stress-related burnout that nurses experience, they often receive little to no help from hospital leaders to address the problem--and healthcare facilities aren't the only ones that don't adequately protect...
Man who is HIV positive says he was fired for complaining about taunts
A man has sued his former employer claiming he was fired for complaining about taunts related to his being HIV positive
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland Fined for Infectious Disease ..
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland has agreed to pay a $71,000 settlement after state regulators cited the hospital for safety violations regarding its...
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.
 
HEPATITIS
Victims Angry At Blood Inquiry 'Whitewash'
Napa's Hepatitis A outbreak may have run its course
PM Cameron apologises over infected blood in 70s, 80s
Lack of insurance bars some from hepatitis C treatment
Critical Reports Mount On Hepatitis C Pill Costs
WEST NILE
West Nile fight is already starting and 'the game is changing'
Deadly mosquito-borne diseases could threaten UK within decades, experts warn
Britain's warmer weather to bring deadly tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes within YEARS
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
D.A.R.E program likely to be cut from Virginia Beach schools
Rx Safes Engages Grant Writer to Support a National Shift in Efforts to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
Creation of Youth Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Prevention program sought (Congress of the Philippines)
Hickenlooper effort targets prescription drug overdoses in Colorado
EBOLA
Liberia says first Ebola patient in a month is isolated case
Ebola Death Rates Vary Widely by Age Group
Ebola is most deadly among babies, young children, study finds
How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!
Ebola mystery: Did "cured" man infect his girlfriend?
Ebola survivor may have infected new Liberia case
14 Emotional Dispatches From Key Ebola Fighters
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
MICHIGAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE KOWALL RECEIVES AWARD FOR PROMOTING HEALTHCARE WORKER SAFETY
State Rep. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, was recognized  by the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) and StaffAndPatientSafety.org for her work promoting staff and patient safety in health care.  
 
Rep. Kowall, joined by co-sponsors Representatives Hooker, Hovey-Wright and Slavens, offered House Resolution No. 11, A RESSOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE THE INCLUSION OF SYRINGE AND SCALPEL SAFETY SCORES IN HEALTH CARE FACILITY ACCREDITATION AUDITS. 
 
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CORRECTION: INCORRECT LINK LAST WEEK - 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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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.
 
INDIANA CALLS ON FEDS TO HELP CONTAIN HIV OUTBREAK IN SCOTT COUNTY
Indiana health officials are bringing in federal experts to try to contain a southern Indiana HIV outbreak that has grown to 55 confirmed cases and 13 other preliminary positive cases.
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2000 DEAD AFTER 34K WERE GIVEN HIV OR HEPATITIS C THROUGH INFECTED BLOOD
The Government will apologise this week for the infection of thousands of patients with deadly diseases through contaminated blood products, three decades ago.
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LOCAL PATIENTS DENIED LIFESAVING TREATMENT
ALTOONA - Imagine being diagnosed with a deadly disease that can be cured, but you can't get the treatment. More than 100 patients in our region and millions across the country, with Hepatitis C face that frightening situation. Treatments that can reverse the virus  cost about $1,000 a pill. A tattoo changed a Bedford County man's life. Mike Miller got it done a few years ago by a friend and ...
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RESEARCHERS STUDY SAFETY, EFFECTIVENESS OF EXPERIMENTAL EBOLA VACCINE FOLLOWING HIGH-RISK EXPOSURE
A physician who received an experimental Ebola vaccine after experiencing a needle stick while working in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone did not develop Ebola virus infection, and there was strong Ebola-specific immune responses after the vaccination, although because of its limited use to date, the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine is not certain, according to a study appearing ...
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EBOLA OUTBREAK: ONE YEAR LATER
The Ebola outbreak has infected 24,000 people and killed 10,000. And it's managed to do so because of an institutional failure on several levels: weak public health systems locally and a painfully slow response globally.
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GREINER BIO-ONE SAFETY PRODUCTS - VENOUS BLOOD COLLECTION
In the healthcare sector sharps injuries account for most work-related transmissions of infectious diseases, whereby needlestick injuries present by far the greatest risk. More than 50% of all registered cases concern nursing staff, followed by doctors and laboratory staff.
However, needlestick injuries need not be an occupational risk. By using VACUETTE® Safety Products, this danger can be virtually eliminated. 
 
Furthermore, by working with VACUETTE® Safety products you are compliant with criteria given in the EU Directive (EU 2010/32).
 
 
 
MAN WITH HEPATITIS C SPITS ON ARRESTING OFFICER
Evansville police officers arrested Eric Shaffer, 45, on Sunday evening after he allegedly stole a car, resisted arrest and spitting on an officer. After being taken into custody, Shaffer allegedly told the arresting officer that he had hepatitis C. 
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HEPATITIS C INCIDENCE TRACED TO UNSAFE USE OF NEEDLES
Governor launches portal to spread awareness about the disease
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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
 
RECYCLERS ARE INCREASINGLY SUFFERING FROM TRYPANOPHOBIA. WHAT’S TRYPANOPHOBIA? THAT’S THE WORD FOR NEEDLE PHOBIA.
It is estimated that between 4 percent and 20 percent of people fear needles. Most of these fears are baseless and irrational—but, can cause behavior changes that put them at risk—such as avoiding the doctor, refusing routine blood tests and failing to use prescriptions that require injections. Unfortunately, the risk for the recycling industry is very real.
 
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CAMERON APOLOGISES TO THOSE INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS C AND HIV 30 YEARS AGO
Inquiry in Scotland into blood supply contamination calls for mass screening, and finds mistakes were made – but some criticise findings as ‘whitewash’
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GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERTS OUTLINE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM EBOLA EPIDEMIC
In the year since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified of an outbreak of what proved to be Ebola virus disease in the west African country of Guinea, more than 24,000 cases have been reported and over 10,000 individuals have died...
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EBOLA VACCINE AFTER NEEDLESTICK
This report summarizes the experience of 1 patient with needlestick exposure to the Ebola virus and postexposure vaccination with...
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HOSPITAL STAFF INJURIES WILL GO PUBLIC WITH OSHA RULE
This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scheduled to finalize a rule requiring healthcare employers and those in other industries to report cases of occupational injuries and illnesses.
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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 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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