Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 1, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Announces U.S. Supreme Court Decision - Denial Of Writ Of Certiorari
Needlestick safety for the whole dental team
Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children
Physician Safe After Ebola Needlestick, Experimental Vaccine
One hospital's prescription for reducing needlestick injuries: What can you learn?
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
Provide insurance cover to all HIV positive patients:Par Panel
New vaccine can improve HIV treatment
HIV Outbreak In Indiana Escalating As New Cases Reported Daily
Chembio Launches HIV Self-Testing Initiative In Europe
Stopping HIV in its tracks: New subdermal implant delivers potent antiretroviral drugs
Scott County HIV outbreak likely not be the last
CDC Official: HIV Outbreak Lessons May Spur 'Model Response'
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 treatment
Hepatitis C Ups Risk Of Getting Other Types Of Cancer In Addition To Liver Cancer
'Urgent' country of origin food labelling may not be introduced for TWO YEARS although 34 people who ate the same brand of frozen berries imported from China contracted Hepatitis A
Patients infected with Hepatitis C after visiting Santa Barbara doctor
Hepatitis C Symptoms, Treatment & Causes: Condition Linked to Liver, Lymphoma, Renal & Prostate Cancer
Hepatitis C linked to increased risk of liver cancer, other cancers
WEST NILE
Texas Ranks Second in Nation for West Nile Virus Disease Cases
Mosquitoes Have A Strong Craving For Your Blood In Particular? Scientists Say Blame Your Genes
Westchester to Start West-Nile Prevention Measures Friday
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Indio
State Health Officials Issue Early Warning For West Nile Virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Prescription Drug Take-Back next months
Local leaders join support for powdered alcohol ban
Delco Community Day for Prevention
Goggled go-kart challenge opens eyes to dangers of alcohol abuse
Letter: More needs to be done to combat drug addiction
What's the Buzz?: Take a swing at drug abuse
Regional coalition formed to combat drug abuse
EBOLA
Ebola exposes weak links in outbreak response
Ebola scare at Jersey's General Hospital
Class snapshot: 'Ebola in 2014: The Science, Society and Politics of a Modern Epidemic'
Possible Charlotte Ebola Patient Tests Negative
ESA aids Ebola patients
World Health Organization Plans to Wrap Up cases of Ebola by the End of May
North Carolina hospital admits patient with Ebola-like symptoms
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
SAFETY DEVICES CUT INJURIES BY SHARPS BY 59 PER CENT: STUDY
A three-year study has shown that using safety devices has led to a 59 per cent reduction in needle stick and injuries by other sharps that the health workers face at hospitals.
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SURVEY SAYS DENTAL NURSES ARE AT HIGH RISK OF SHARPS INJURY
Just over half of dental nurses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland have had a needlestick injury at some stage in their career.
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THIS SHARPS RETRIEVAL SYSTEM KEEPS YOU OSHA COMPLIANT
Ensure sharps safety and OSHA compliance with SST instrument retrieval systems from Healthmark Industries. SST's autoclavable container systems feature...
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HIV PATIENT’S LAWSUIT AGAINST DOCTORS IS SETTLED
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by an HIV-positive man who complained he was dropped as a patient by his doctors over blood allegedly found in a bathroom.
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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).
 
 
 
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A DISCARDED NEEDLE AND HOW TO REMOVE IT
Spring cleaning is underway and the city's public health department is taking the opportunity to remind people about what to do if they find discarded needles outside.
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LOCAL BOY FINDS USED NEEDLE
A young local boy and his family found themselves in an unexpected whirlwind last Tues., Mar. 31.  The child found a used needle in a local restaurant’s bathroom, where he accidentally stuck himself.  The family immediately took the child to the hospital, where treatment began.  A strict protocol is followed when an incident such as this happens, and the child is expected to be fine.
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REPORTS SHED LIGHT ON EBOLA CHALLENGES FOR HOSPITALS
As the Ebola virus ravaged three West African countries last year, US hospitals faced unexpected challenges adapting to the risks, even the ones that had done preparedness drills, and the threat consumed 80% of infection control staff time, two research teams reported.
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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.
 
A LOOK AT PPE, THEN AND NOW
Today, it is common to hear about the importance of using personal protective equipment (PPE) in today’s medical environment.  However, years ago, before infection control became an area of interest, medical care and surgeries were performed without any protective gear – meaning that both the patient and the caregiver could be at risk.  As more was learned about contamination risks, healthcare providers incorporated protective equipment into the practice of healthcare.  Many items of PPE have had a long evolution and some grew from items used in battle.
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NIOSH: NURSES, NURSE ASSISTANTS MOST AT RISK FOR INJURIES IN HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY
Nurses and nurse assistants experience the most workplace injuries among health care workers, and measures are needed to protect these workers, recent research from NIOSH indicates.
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PATIENTS INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS C AFTER VISITING SANTA BARBARA DOCTOR - LOS ANGELES TIMES
At least five patients tested positive for h epatitis C after receiving injections at a Santa Barbara doctor’s medical office, public health officials said.
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ACTI-LANCE SAFETY LANCET

Acti-Lance single-use lancets have been designed for capillary blood sampling and the device is an integral component to the sharps-injury prevention programs in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, doctor’s offices and wherever patients and professionals have to feel safe.
 
By using the Acti-Lance safety lancets you can easily eliminate needle stick injures and cross infection.
 
Key Features of Acti-Lance:
 
EASY TO HANDLE
Intuitive activation, low firing force, no lancet loading required, 3 step operation only
 
MINIMIZED PAIN
Ultra sharp and silicone coated needle, double spring mechanism to eliminate needle vibrations
 
SUFFICIENT TO LANCE ONCE
Different color-coded versions, right needle exposure length, adequate blood flow 
 
SAFE 
Truly disposable, self-destructive device, sterilized, reliable sterility protector
 
Acti-Lance safety lancets are available in three different color-coded versions to meet specific blood sample size applications and address a variety of skin types.
 
 
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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