Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 8, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick injury brings concerns on public safety
Needlestick safety for the whole dental team
Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children
Ebola Vaccine Given to Man After Accidental Needlestick
Needlestick Ebola cases 'unrelated', says army official
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
Fla. Gov. Scott Rejects Medicaid Expansion; HIV Patients at Risk
HIV clinic, pharmacy to open in Austin
Indiana HIV outbreak may be peaking, officials say
Drug prevents HIV infection
Feds Slam Plastic Surgeon for Bias Against HIV
Kenya pledges new financing for HIV research
Big spike in HIV cases ‘alarming’; DOH sets testing
Indiana officials hopeful HIV outbreak may be nearly over
Plastic surgeon sued by feds for 'no HIV patients' policy
Federal prosecutors sued a Manhattan plastic surgeon on Wednesday for refusing to do a breast reduction on a 50-year-old man just because he has HIV, court papers state. The feds brought the civil ...
Indiana city hard-hit by HIV to get new clinic
The nation's largest nonprofit provider of HIV and AIDS medical care plans to open a permanent, full-service HIV clinic in the rural town of Austin, Ind., to help combat the state's largest HIV outbreak.
Indiana HIV outbreak may be peaking, officials say
State health officials hope tide may be turning.
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 rates jump in four central Appalachian states: CDC
Research shows Hepatitis C illness, death increasing in Arkansas
Painkiller addiction spawns new threat: Hepatitis C
CDC Warns of Rise in Hepatitis C Cases Linked to Injection-Drug Use
Opioid abuse linked to surging hepatitis C s in four states
Hepatitis C more common in sub-Sahara Africa’s HIV patients
Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse
Rates of hepatitis C are soaring, largely driven by an epidemic of opioid abuse, a new report shows.
WEST NILE
Fighting mosquitoes requires residents' help
Biting back: Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks
Mosquito control campaign already buzzing in Saskatoon
Goldfeder to city DOH: Spray us down
West Nile virus spreads in Greece
DEP grants help combat West Nile Virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
NH experts tackle opioid abuse at Dartmouth symposium
PreventionWorkz receives grant to fight prescription drug abuse
Substance Abuse Fuels Rise in HCV in Four Eastern States
EDITORIAL: War on drugs is fought on many fronts
CDC Warns of Rise in Hepatitis C Cases Linked to Injection-Drug Use
Opioid abuse linked to surging hepatitis C s in four states
Porter County Substance Abuse Council Community Matters: Preventing Substance Abuse
Cinnaminson Student Among Finalists at Statewide Drug Prevention Folder Contest
Drug abuse prevention draws local support
Ossining Library Hosts Substance Abuse Prevention Talk
EBOLA
Ebola survivor visits Wisconsin
Ebola cases at lowest level this year in in Guinea and Sierra Leone
Ebola is found in doctor's eye months after virus left blood
Ebola Found In Doctor's Eye Fluid After Virus Left His Blood (Video)
Ebola found in eyes of a man who was considered cured
On Saturday, The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Should Officially Be Over
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
SMALLPOX-LIKE VIRUS INFECTS LAB WORKER AFTER MISHAP
A lab worker in Boston became infected with a virus similar to smallpox after he accidentally stuck himself with a needle that was contaminated with the virus, according to a new report of the case.
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MAN INFECTED WITH SMALLPOX-LIKE VIRUS THROUGH INTIMACY
The virus in the smallpox vaccine can spread to others if precautions aren't taken.
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REDUCE SPLASHES, INCREASE INFECTION PREVENTION
Slips, trips, falls and sharps are widely recognized as potential occupational risks in the healthcare industry.  However, there is another dangerous hazard that often goes unnoticed and underreported—splashes.
 
Splashes, also known as mucocutaneous blood exposures, occur when pathogens are transferred to caregivers when landing on their eyes, nose or mouth. Splashes occur during routine activities such as cutting catheter bags, cleaning bedpans and emptying suction cups.
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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).
 
 
 
NEEDLESTICK INJURY BRINGS CONCERNS ON PUBLIC SAFETY
ALEX LUCAS had just got his learner's licence when he drove to pick up his grandmother early on Anzac Day morning. When he stepped out on to the driveway he felt a sharp prick - a used needle had pierced his foot.  "I stepped out of the car and felt a sting in my foot," Alex said.
"I looked down and there was a needle in a syringe sticking into my foot."
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DOCTOR IDENTIFIED IN HEPATITIS, HIV INFECTION SCARE - DR. ALLEN THOMASHEFSKY’S BATH STREET PRACTICE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN
The Santa Barbara doctor who may have accidentally infected some of his patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV has been identified as Dr. Allen Thomashefsky.
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EX-CLINIC CHIEF IN LAS VEGAS HEPATITIS CASE GETS PRISON TIME
The former business chief of a Las Vegas medical clinic linked to a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
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CHILDREN PRICKED WITH USED NEEDLE
A FUN, social afternoon turned into a nightmare for two families when their children were pricked with a used needle at the Gin Gin Showgrounds at the weekend.
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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.
 
RESEARCHERS FIND EBOLA VIRUS IN PATIENT'S EYE FLUID WEEKS AFTER IT WAS UNDETECTABLE IN BLOOD
Researchers are reporting a case study in which viable Ebola virus was present in the eye’s aqueous humor — the clear fluid in the front of the eye, between the lens and the cornea — 10 weeks after the virus was no longer detectable in the...
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CO-FOUNDER OF THE VANGARDIST: WHY WE'RE FIGHTING HIV STIGMA WITH BLOOD
"If you knew anything about the HIV, you wouldn’t call us murderers"
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THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIV INFECTION
It's widely accepted that HIV is spread from one person to another via intimacy, childbirth, or the sharing of needles. But a deeper look into the complex intricacies of social customs and interactions reveals HIV infection is also being perpetuated by the teachings, policies, and beliefs of a handful of ingrained and established aspects of our society; institutions which have had a sweeping impact on our viewpoints and actions.
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HOSPITAL, HEAL THYSELF
Hospitalization, like many experiences in life, is better in the abstract. Several years ago, at the behest of my thorough and avuncular physician, I had exploratory surgery to assess an ailment that caused me chronic pain. That routine procedure, expected to last 90 minutes, ended nearly four hours later. The surgery saved my life.
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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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