Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 3, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Reports Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2014
Rivier University to recognize nurse leader, educator and safety advocate at 80th Commencement on May 9th
Sharps disposal method needed
British military medical worker tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone
Ebola outbreak: Doctor's use of Canada's experimental vaccine offer clues
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
IHV Awarded $50 Million to Combat HIV Crisis in Zambia
Institute of Human Virology Surpasses 1 Million HIV Patients in Overseas Care and Treatment
Concern over rise in HIV infections in the Philippines
In rural Indiana, battling HIV, drugs and bleak times
Kenya high court rules section of HIV Prevention Act unconstitutional
Texas measure cuts HIV funds, boost abstinence education
Teens with HIV fare worse when parents don't come to clinic appointments
HIV patients experience better kidney transplant outcomes than Hepatitis C patients
Victim in Montgomery County HIV case: ‘I just froze.’
HIV Positive Shoplifter Threatens Drug Store Employees With Needles When ...
HIV positive shoplifter scares store employees into letting him walk out of the pharmacy with $180 worth of merchandise.
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
Hepatitis C: breakthrough drug coverage a lifesaver for B.C. man
HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients
New hepatitis C drugs cost Medicare $4.5B last year
New hepatitis C drugs are costing Medicare billions
Lack of insurance bars some from hepatitis C treatment
WHO urges stepped-up battle against hepatitis B
WEST NILE
West Nile season kicks off
Local Mosquito Sample Collected Tests Positive For West Nile Virus
Deadly mosquito-borne diseases could threaten UK within decades, experts warn
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK climate ...
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Best Drug Rehabilitation Issues Toolkit for Teen Violence Related to Substance Abuse
West side Cleveland suburbs host online survey on drug abuse prevention
Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use
Indiana governor permits needle exchange to fight HIV outbreak
EBOLA
Ebola test results in for patient in Colo. hospital
Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
Liberia, Sierra Leone gain in Ebola crisis; Guinea struggles
Patient tests negative for Ebola in Colorado, state health officials say
Ebola vaccine tests show it could 'neutralise' virus: Geneva hospital
10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
Ebola scare shows problems in computer models
How Many Americans Could Get Ebola? Study Provides Estimates
Ebola Cases in West Africa Reach Low for 2015
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
Ebola Planning Created Need for Unprecedented Preparedness in Hospitals
Hospitals and health systems preparing for and treating patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the fall of 2015 faced unexpected challenges for ensuring safety of staff, 
IN THE NEWS
DIRTY SCOTS DENTIST TOLD TO REPAY £175K NHS GRANT
ONE of Scotland’s highest earning ­dentists has been suspended and ordered to pay back £175,000 of public money after he was found guilty of poor ­hygiene.
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DRIVEN BY DIRTY NEEDLES, SOUTHERN IND. HIV EPIDEMIC PUTTING CITY WORKERS AT RISK
Austin sanitation workers say it's common for them to get poked with needles and now with the HIV outbreak, the city is considering getting them protective gear to prevent accidents.
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'HIV-POSITIVE' SHOPLIFTER WHIPS OUT NEEDLES WHEN EMPLOYEES CONFRONT HIM
A shoplifter at a Duane Reade in Midtown pulled out a fistful of hypodermic needles and told employees he was HIV-positive after they confronted him Monday, cops said. The man walked into the drug ...
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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.
 
NEEDLESTICK SAFETY FOR THE WHOLE DENTAL TEAM
As part of the dental team, needlestick safety is something you should be acutely aware of in your day-to-day role. A survey of 1,216 dental nurses from the UK and Ireland conducted in conjunction with the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) in 2014 found that 51.2% of respondents had received a needlestick injury at some point throughout their career, with 60% of those saying they'd received more than one.
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RESEARCHERS OBSERVE MAJOR HAND HYGIENE-RELATED PROBLEMS IN OPERATING ROOMS
An observational study by Sahlgrenska Academy researchers at a large Swedish hospital found 2,393 opportunities for hand disinfection and/or aseptic techniques. Doctors and nurses missed 90 percent of the opportunities.
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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).
 
 
 
TEENAGE GIRL RUSHED TO HOSPITAL FOR HIV AND HEPATITIS TESTS AFTER SHE SAT ON A NEEDLE ON A BUS
A 16-year-old girl is anxiously awaiting blood test results after sitting on a needle on a bus...
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A GROUP OF PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISK OF NEEDLE STICK INJURIES IN THE CITY’S PARKS IS CALLING ON BATHURST REGIONAL COUNCIL TO TAKE STEPS TO MAKE RECREATIONAL AREAS SAFER FOR CHILDREN.
The group has established a Facebook page, Keep Bathurst Playgrounds and Parks Safe, and hopes with the support of the community it can implement measures to prevent young children getting hurt.
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EBOLA UPDATE: US PATIENT UNDER MONITORING SUFFERS CARDIAC ARREST WHILE JOGGING
One of five people being monitored for Ebola by an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital suffered cardiac arrest Saturday while out jogging near the hospital, a local television station reported. WOWT-TV said the unnamed patient received assistance from bystanders, who performed CPR until police and fire personnel arrived.
 
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SPLASHES & SHARPS: OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES IN THE HEALTH CARE SETTING
Many risky, splash-creating activities are conducted without the proper PPE because there is a lower perceived risk. When it comes to health care occupational risks, slips, trips, and falls are often the first to come to mind. Sharps also make the top of the list, but what is often overlooked is the cousin to sharps: splashes. 
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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, it has added.
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5 STEPS TO SAFER SHARPS HANDLING - THESE PRECAUTIONS LIMIT RISKS OF STICKS AND CUTS.
I'm a surgical technologist by trade. Handling sharps in the sterile field is a big part of what I do. My advice: Make sure your staff understands the importance of these straightforward but effective ways to limit their risk of injury from scalpel blades, needles and instruments. They shouldn't have to learn about sharps safety the hard way, like I did.
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM AN OSHA VIOLATION | OSHA HEALTHCARE ADVISOR
One of the most feared things in healthcare safety circles is the dreaded surprise OSHA inspection, but it can also be a learning experience. 
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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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