Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 29, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Know how Hepatitis C spreads
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Reports Recognition Of Payment
This Simple Device Protects Your Staff from Needlesticks
Vigmed granted a first patent for a needlesafe lancet.
Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children
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
New strategy to starve HIV to death: Cut its sugar supply
A Sweet Tooth Is HIV’s Achilles Heel
HIV patients should seek treatment early: study
HIV home-testing firm taken by surprise by UK demand
This Poster Contains A Single Drop Of HIV Positive Blood
'HIV treatment must start at diagnosis'
Quick start to HIV drug treatment can cut risk of illness, death in half
Major study finds earlier HIV treatment improves health, NIH says
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
More Hepatitis B, C cases in Himachal's remote areas
Getting Screened For Viral Hepatitis May Help To Save Your Life
Frozen berries are linked to 37 Hepatitis A cases but the food standards authority says they remain low risk.
Now Available! Archived Webinar on Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs
How a hepatitis song infected Phoenix, divided family
WEST NILE
Top 20 Worst Mosquito Cities in US: Summer Heat, Rain Spur Mosquito Activity Nationwide
Deadly anthrax studied at Palm Bay biolab
West Nile Virus Portal
Rains prompt earlier mosquito spraying by county crews
Mosquito season brings West Nile concern
San Mateo County CA: West Nile Virus Update
Harris County confirms first West Nile Virus case in Texas
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Drug Awareness Day at Oak Ridge Pool on Saturday, June 6
Community Matters: Preventing substance abuse
Twin Cities group gets $100K substance abuse grant
Branson Drug Take Back Event Very Successful
Townhall mulls ways to handle drug abuse prevention
Local woman rallies for substance abuse change
Narconon Arrowhead Takes Part in National Prevention Week
Senate Democrats Denounce Cuts to Substance Abuse Prevention
EBOLA
THE LATEST: Sierra Leone thanks FIFA for support amid Ebola
Heat stable Ebola vaccine goal of UH’s newest partner
How Computer Modelers Took On the Ebola Outbreak
Red Cross sends Ebola team to at-risk GBissau border
Liberia is Ebola-free, but recovery will take time
Ebola’s weak point identified
Blood from Dallas nurse used to create anti-Ebola drug
Researchers find Ebola `Achilles' heel`: Study
When Ebola Turned Routine Care Into a Life-threatening Event
Dr. Diallo Thierno Souleymane, a doctor in Conakry, Guinea, recalls the day he received a phone call that changed his life. He had tested positive for Ebola.
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
FIVE SAFETY TIPS FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
The health care industry is the fastest-growing sector in the U.S. It employs more than 18 million workers and 80 percent of this workforce is women. Health care workers are exposed to several serious safety and health hazards on the job. In fact, illnesses in the workplace and nonfatal injuries are highest among the U.S. health care workers. They are exposed to a wide range of health risks and hazards including back injuries, needlestick injuries, latex allergy, bloodborne pathogens, potential chemical and drug exposures, laser hazards, radioactive material and x-ray hazards, waste anesthetic gas exposures, workplace violence, and stress.
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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. “Needle-stick and other sharps injuries are a hazard in any health care setting,” said Dr Nita Munshi, head, department of Pathology at Ruby Hall Clinic, which has launched a campaign along with BD pharmaceutical firm on the need for maintaining the safety of the health care workers. 
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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.
 
OCCUPATIONALLY ACQUIRED HIV DOWN AMONG HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS
Few confirmed cases reported in the United States health care workers since the late 1990s.
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HEALTH OFFICIALS DISCUSS HEPATITIS B EPIDEMIC, PREVENTION
In an episode of Spotlight on Health, currently playing on the West Virginia Library Commission channel, Arthur Rubin, D.O., health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Putnam County Health Department, and Janet Briscoe,
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WHY INDIANA WAS PERFECT STORM FOR HIV OUTBREAK
Poverty, prescription meds, and slim medical services are all behind HIV infections in rural Indiana.
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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.
 
MAN, 20, ACCUSED OF SQUIRTING HIS BLOOD ON NURSES AT MERCY HOSPITAL
A 20-year-old Rochester man is accused of using a syringe to squirt his own blood on nurses along with other crimes, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
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NEEDLES IN TEWKESBURY BOROUGH RECYCLING WASTE PUTS WORKERS AT RISK
Each time needles are discovered, site operator Grundon Waste Management Ltd shuts its down for safety reasons. It then charges the council around £1,000 because of the money it loses while the facility is not working. Anyone using needles ? including ...
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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).
 
 
 
THREE POLICE OFFICERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER 'HEPATITIS B SUFFERER SPITS BLOOD IN THEIR FACES'
Three police officers are awaiting their fate after a woman with hepatitis B spat blood in their faces, Scotland Yard has said. It happened after officers were called to a "disturbance" in east London yesterday morning. Police said the 20-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in Bethnal Green at about 8.30am - but as she was being taken into custody she bit her lip and spat blood at the trio.
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POLICE: ROBBER THREATENED GUARD WITH DIRTY SYRINGE, HEPATITIS C
A northeastern Washington man has been arrested after police say he stole jewelry from Macy's and threatened to stab a security guard with a dirty syringe.
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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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