Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 15, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
California law on nurse-to-patient ratios makes nurses safer, study shows
New report sheds light on the disposable syringes market that is expected to reach USD 7.5 billion globally in 2022
Needlestick injury brings concerns on public safety
Physician Safe After Ebola Needlestick, Experimental Vaccine
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
Kemri develops mobile phone tool to help fight mother-to-child HIV transmission
HIV outbreak in Indiana grows to 155 confirmed cases
How Incentivizing People Is A Weapon In The Fight Against HIV
Appraising Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Control Efforts
Giving HOPE: US has nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors
Indiana community's HIV outbreak a warning to rural America
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
Indiana drafts county-level HIV, hepatitis C rate profiles
‘Super spending’ on specialty meds driven by effective hepatitis C drugs
Hepatitis C -- The Long Goodbye
Variations in liver cancer attributable to hepatitis virus variations
Spice + Statin Likely Culprit in Patient with Acute Hepatitis
Starved T Cells Allow Hepatitis B to Silently Infect Liver
Eliminating Hepatitis B in the United States—Mothers Matter!
WEST NILE
Outlook For West Nile Virus This Year
Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks
More mosquitos doesn't necessarily mean more West Nile
West Nile virus vaccine enters Phase I clinical trials
Hot Year? Watch Out For West Nile
A Promising Vaccine May Reveal an End to West Nile in the States
New research could help predict outbreaks of West Nile virus disease in the U.S.
Biting back: Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Former Legislator From Fort Smith Named As State’s Drug Director
Ossining Event Aims To Keep Kids From Substance Abuse
Partnership For Drug-Free Kids Applauds Maryland Governor For Signing Bill To Help Combat Prescription Drug Abuse
Addressing drug abuse
Altes appointed to serve as state's drug director
Rensselaer meeting on drug abuse Thursday
Prevention Council receives grant to combat heroin
Mini-Grants Awarded Towards Substance Abuse Prevention
Surveys help substance-abuse prevention efforts
EBOLA
Ebola virus has not evolved to become more virulent: Study
Big Data Analytics and Social Media to Help Model Ebola Spread
WHO fears Ebola vaccine may not see light of day as epidemic nears end
Ebola R&D, Antibiotic Resistance, Neglected Diseases Among Issues At This Year’s World Health Assembly
After Ebola, will a pledge to improve health systems be realized?
Study shows Ebola virus in Sierra Leone mutated at a normal rate
Sharing the Blame for the Ebola Crisis
Disputes Emerge on African Ebola Drug Trials
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.
 
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IN THE NEWS
RIVIER UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 80TH COMMENCEMENT ON MAY 9
Dr. Karen Daley is commencement speaker. After a tragic accident in which she was co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C by a workplace needlestick injury, Dr. Daley's career transitioned from practice to prevention. She is a vocal, nationally recognized advocate for legislation mandating the use ...
 
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TUPELO HOSPITAL LAUNDRY REQUIRES DETERMINED EFFORT
I've had one needle stick one of my people since 2008. That's awesome.” Thick plastic gloves aren't always the right equipment for the job at a hospital laundry.
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OSHA, NIOSH RELEASE NEW TOOLKIT TO BETTER PROTECT HOSPITAL WORKERS FROM TRANSMISSIBLE DISEASES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today released the Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit, a resource for healthcare employers to use to protect hospital staff from respiratory hazards.
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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.
 
PROTECTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS FROM HIV INFECTION
Scalpels and other sharp objects must be deposited in secure ... Some workers are reluctant to report a possible exposure if they were breaking or neglecting safety rules when it happened. Even in these difficult cases, it is in the employee's best ...
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DARPA TAKES A STAB AT NEEDLE-FREE BLOOD DRAWS
Going to the doctor’s office or a clinic and waiting around for a blood draw is not really anybody’s idea of a good time. Perhaps surpassed only by tax audits and root canals, blood draws can be a dreaded procedure, especially for the needle phobic.  Yet for some people, periodic blood tests are a way of life for monitoring and diagnosing certain conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and infections. However, the team at biotech startup Tasso, Inc, is looking to take some of the pain and fear out of the blood draw procedure by creating an at-home blood collection device that patients can administer themselves. The best part about the device is that it’s needle-free.
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LOTTERY TICKET APPROACH LEADS TO DRASTIC REDUCTION IN HIV PREVALENCE
Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition that they tested negative for sexually transmitted infections.
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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).
 
 
 
DOCTOR BARRED FROM ST. LUKE'S CLINIC AFTER RETURN FROM SEIRRA LEONE
Going back: Wendland, who never previously had visited Africa even as a tourist, would go back, he said.
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EBOLA DIARIES: DETECTING DISEASE ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE
In June 2014, Jim Strong and Allen Grolla, laboratory scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, were deployed through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) to work with WHO in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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MEDICAL JOURNAL TO GOVERNORS: YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT EBOLA QUARANTINE
Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have called for mandatory quarantine for "high risk" individuals returning from Ebola-stricken countries. The New England Journal of Medicine begs to differ.
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EBOLA EVACUEES: WHO ARE THEY, WHERE'D THEY GO, HOW'D THEY FARE?
They caught the virus. Or had contact with a patient that put them at high risk. And they were flown out of West Africa for treatment — at a cost as high as $200,000 per person.
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FIRST CASE OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN ITALY IS REPORTED TO WHO
On May 12, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) received notification of a laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Italy. This is the first EVD case to be detected on Italian soil.
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HEPATITIS C AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES - GREATERKASHMIR.COM
Kashmir valley is witnessing another disaster in the form of Hepatitis C epidemic. In some villages in Kokernag area, the number of cases is around 40% of the total population. In spite of media...
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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.
 
SCIENTISTS STUDY SACRAMENTO WOMAN WHO CAN SPONTANEOUSLY 'CURE' HIV - AND SAY ...
A rare group of people -- fewer than one percent of those infected -- are naturally able to rein in viral replication and keep the virus at clinically undetectable levels, doctors say.
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RESEARCHERS TEST REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE WITH WHO HAND HYGIENE PROTOCOL
Optimizing user satisfaction with alcohol-based handrubs (ABHR) may be vital to enhance hand hygiene performance. Wolfensberger, et al.
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WHO IS NOTIFIED OF SIX CASES OF HUMAN INFECTION WITH H7N9 VIRUS IN CHINA
On May 9, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including two...
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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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