Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 10, 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
Man claiming to have HIV robs Brevard bank with syringe
Indian Harbour Beach police are investigating a possible bank robbery, officials report.
MA COURT ORDERS DENTIST TO PAY $85K TO EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR SAFETY COMPLAINT
It began when Massachusetts dentist Dr. N. Terry Fayad changed his practice's procedure for disposing of contaminated needles. He told those in his Beverly-based office to first remove the protective caps before dropping them into sharps disposal containers, allegedly to fill the containers with more used needles and reduce the frequency and cost of their disposal.
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
HIV-Infected People Often Do Well After Kidney Transplant
Indiana county hit by HIV begins needle exchange
Providers have mixed feelings about prescribing HIV prevention
HIV testing, counseling clinics to undergo proficiency training
AHF: Texas Slashes $3M in HIV Prevention Funds
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
WHO issues first Hepatitis B treatment guidelines
Hepatitis C: breakthrough drug coverage a lifesaver for B.C. man
New hepatitis C drugs cost Medicare billions
Lack of insurance bars some from hepatitis C treatment
WHO urges stepped-up battle against hepatitis B
WHO urges stepped-up battle against hepatitis B
The world can beat the liver-attacking hepatitis B virus, which results in some 650.000 deaths a year, the World Health Organization said Thursday, releasing its first treatment guidelines for the disease. "Viral hepatitis is certainly an epidemic, a pandemic, but it is one that remains silent," said Gottfried Hirnschall, head of WHO's HIV/AIDS department. Hepatitis B can also transmit through ...
WEST NILE
West Nile risk rises in drought
West Nile season kicks off
West Nile Season has started!
True, Wednesday was April Fool's Day, but city and county officials were dead serious with their public health announcement that West Nile season kicks off this month.
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Oregon City High School forum to take aim at youth pot use
Missouri lawmaker wants to tax illegal drugs
Deterra™ Drug Deactivation System Introduces Consumer Solution to Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
State Doctors’ Group To Meet On Addiction Crisis
Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use
Creation of Youth Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Prevention program sought (Congress of the Philippines)
EBOLA
New tool to diagnose Ebola uncovers some surprises
Ebola patient at NIH in Bethesda upgraded to good condition
Ebola-hit Sierra Leone arrests 13 at unsafe burial: police
American With Ebola is Better
Ebola Vaccine 2015: Guinea Seen As Best Hope For Preventative Drug Trials, But Time Is Running Out
Research and Markets: Ebola: Threat, Challenge, and Response: A PPE Perspective 2015
Ebola: media ‘overlooked Africa's role in combating crisis’
Sierra Leone's Kailahun district records first Ebola case in months
Punctur-Guard Wing Sets
 
We've adapted our internal blunting technology to the Punctur-Guard Safety Winged Set! This allows the needle to be blunted while still inside the patient's vein, protecting the vessel and eliminating exposure during needle withdrawal.
 
The one-handed activation technique allows for undistracted care to be given to the venipuncture site at all times. Available in 19G, 21G, 23G, and 25G - Please see the product brochure for full ordering information.
 
IN THE NEWS
HAS A STAFF MEMBER AT YOUR FACILITY "BLOWN THE WHISTLE" ON THE USE OF NON-SAFETY NEEDLES AND SCALPELS?
Are you aware of the number of times that OSHA conducts an audit on a healthcare facility because one of the stafff has reported to OSHA?   This is a process that will continue to increase.  Whistleblower protection programs will be a priority for OSHA in FY 2016, with a requested increase of 22 full-time staff members and $5.1 million in funding over the 2015 levels for a total of $22.6 million. OSHA states that the increase in whistleblower protection resources will allow it to be more responsive to the increasing volume of whistleblower cases by “improv[ing] investigation timeliness and quality as well as access to information about rights afforded those who file a whistleblower complaint.”
 
The budget requests $23.3 million for safety and health standards, an increase of $3.3 million over FY 2015. OSHA plans to use the additional funding to modernize its process safety management (PSM) and other chemical-related standards in keeping with EO 13650.
 
OSHA also aims to continue its efforts to enact a stricter standard for worker exposure to infectious diseases..
ONE OF THE MOST FEARED THINGS IN HEALTHCARE SAFETY CIRCLES IS THE DREADED SURPRISE OSHA INSPECTION, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
 That was the case for Melrose–Wakefield Hospital, a suburban Boston hospital that was penalized $28,000 (eventually reduced to $22,000) in April 2014 for several violations of the agency’s bloodborne pathogens standard and safe sharps violations
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TOP 10 GOLDEN RULES OF SAFETY
Guidelines to help foster sharps injury prevention for patients and staff alike.
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5 TYPES OF SPLASH INCIDENTS IN THE OR
Different splash incidents require different levels of personal protective equipment.  Most medical caregivers are familiar with the standard process of gloves, face masks, and similar basics.  
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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.
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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).
 
 
 
LIST OF OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS IN THE OPERATING ROOM
Surgery has the ability to save lives, but a number of hazards lurking in operating rooms. Surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, assistants and other professionals working in surgical environments put themselves at risk every day in their careers.
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ACTIVISTS BLAME INDIANA HIV OUTBREAK ON OFFICIALS’ IGNORANCE ABOUT THE DISEASE
Activists and drug addiction counselors say the HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, is the result of state officials burying their heads in the sand about opiate addiction and the risk of HIV.
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STAFF INFECTIONS: WHAT TO DO WHEN EXPOSED IN THE ER
Six pathogen threats in emergency medicine and appropriate prophylaxis.
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EBOLA VACCINE GIVEN TO MAN AFTER ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK
While disposing of a needle at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone, a doctor accidentally stuck himself with it. The needle itself had been used in an IV and probably wasn’t contaminated, but before entering the flesh of the doctor’s hand, it pierced his gloves, which had just come into contact with the bodily fluid of a patient who was shedding large amounts of the virus.
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BEMIS QUICK-DRAIN
Controlling liquid infectious waste continues to present multiple challenges. As regulations tighten and operating costs rise, it’s important to find a safe, 
cost-effective solution that’s affordable and provides minimal environmental impact.  The QUICK-DRAIN™ Systems from Bemis simply and effectively address your challenges, from staff safety to regulatory compliance to cost-effective disposal of liquid infectious waste.
 
DALLAS HOSPITAL DENIES NINA PHAM'S CLAIM THAT EBOLA OUTBREAK CAUSED BY HEALTH ...
Dallas intensive care nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while caring for a man visiting Dallas from Liberia, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first U.S. patient to die from the disease.
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MOBILE DEVICE DIAGNOSES HIV, SYPHILIS IN MINUTES - VOICE OF AMERICA (BLOG)
New Smartphone Device Diagnoses HIV, Syphilis in Minutes 
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MEDTECH STARTUP SHOWDOWN 2015: THE FINALS
From a field of eight, we're down to the final two companies in our Medtech Startup Showdown. Interrad Medical—SecurAcath and BioDirection Inc.
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MOBILE DEVICE DIAGNOSES HIV, SYPHILIS IN MINUTES
New Smartphone Device Diagnoses HIV, Syphilis in Minutes 
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EBOLA-HIT SIERRA LEONE ARRESTS 13 AT UNSAFE BURIAL
Police in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone raided a funeral and arrested 13 people suspected of organising an unsafe burial, risking spreading the disease, officers said on Tuesday. Police superintendent Da Samah said "heavily-armed" police arrived just in time to stop a 50-year-old man being interred on the outskirts of Freetown after they were tipped off about the ceremony. He said those present at the ...
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR SAFETY SYRINGE RELEASED IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AS A DONATION TO WHO AND PUBLIC HEALTH
To help improve the safety of injections around the world, Joel Schoenfeld, who has invented a number of auto-disable syringes, will release all patents relating to these syringes as a donation to the World Health Organization (WHO) and to public health.
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CLINIC MAY HAVE INFECTED PATIENTS WITH HEPATITIS, HIV
The Public Health Department is scrambling to determine whether patients of a medical clinic in Santa Barbara County have been infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) after unsafe injection practices were observed at the unnamed office.
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DEAL TIGHTENS EBOLA QUARANTINE RULES
The highest-risk category, a health care worker who was exposed, perhaps through a needle stick, but has no symptoms, would not be under quarantine but would be under “controlled”...
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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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