Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 5, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children
Prevention of Needlestick Injuries Can Save U.S. Healthcare System More Than $1 Billion Annually
Risk of needlestick injury from injecting needles
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 rates among aboriginals a crisis, says expert
HIV and AIDS Cure news and updates: Recent Study Show that Anti-Herpes Drugs Could Be the Key to Curing HIV-1 Virus
More Than 2,300 Cyclists Raise Money for San Francisco and Los Angeles HIV Groups Through AIDS/LifeCycle
Toronto answers the question: Can YOU Do Lunch? for Canadian HIV and AIDS Research
Online hookup sites increase HIV rates: Study
1 in 5 Younger Americans Tested for HIV
New HIV cases in Florida increase after introduction of Craigslist
Indiana's HIV Outbreak Leads To Reversal On Needle Exchanges
ADEA: Still a need for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
HIV - then and now
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
Wanted! American asks for ‘Made in India’ hepatitis drug for just 1% of its cost
US hepatitis C patients travel to India for cheaper Sovaldi versions
Hepatitis C: Symptoms, who should get tested for it!
Woman sues Anthem Blue Cross for denying hepatitis C drug Harvoni
WEST NILE
West Nile Virus Fast Facts
Bug Bites, Bee Stings Can Lead to Bad Things
Rains bring out the mosquitoes
First West Nile virus-positive mosquito in central Illinois for 2015 reported
This Bug Is Deadlier Than Humans – and a Costly Killer, Too
Effective Ways to Protect Yourself against Mosquitos and the West Nile Virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Partnership for Ontario County awarded funds for heroin prevention
Experts attribute rise in meth arrests to cuts for drug prevention programs in South Dakota
Drug epidemic shapes messages on the presidential campaign trail
Tackling Substance abuse high on Abu Dhabi Agenda
Massachusetts Medical Society Testifies in Support of H 1903 Promoting Substance Abuse Prevention
Top Hillary Clinton Officials Hear From Substance Abuse Community In Iowa, New Hampshire
EBOLA
Why didn’t Ebola spread inside this Dallas apartment?
Study Shows That Twitter Broke The Ebola Outbreak Story Before Health Officials
This is what happens when you bring a robot to an Ebola ward
UN Chief Urges All Nations to Help End Ebola in West Africa
Ebola outbreak thrusts MSF into new roles
FDA holds meeting on Ebola vaccination trials
Official: Ebola work of Army researchers saved lives
UN chief warns of setbacks in tackling 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.
 
'Taste for sugar' could be HIV's major weakness
Researchers have found that shutting the sugar pipeline in activated immune cells can help prevent the spread of HIV by stopping the virus from replicating.
Needlestick injuries in the workplace
A recently published report sheds light on important facts surrounding needlestick injuries.
Safety Syringes for Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block
These new syringes help to prevent needlestick injury during inferior alveolar nerve block.
IN THE NEWS
10 INCIDENTS DISCOVERED AT THE NATION'S BIOLABS
A USA TODAY Network investigation identifies more than 200 biosafety level 3 and 4 lab facilities that work with dangerous pathogens -- and reveals safety records that some of them fought to keep secret. A scientist at Texas A&M in College Station-Byron stuck himself with a needle while injecting a mouse that was previously infected with a recombinant strain of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Link also has a very informative video.
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OVERVIEW OF SHARPS INJURIES AMONG HEALTH-CARE WORKERS
Sharps injuries are one of the most frequent health-care related accidents. It is estimated globally that 35 million workers are at risk; in Mexico there is no data available for this type of injuries. They are associated with lack of training, instrument and procedure risk, fatigue and stress. The occupational distribution is nurses 45 %, technicians 20 %, doctors 20 % and maintenance workers 5 %.
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2,330+ NEEDLESTICK INJURIES FOR GAUTENG HEALTH WORKERS
Health workers suffered more than 2 330 needlestick injuries in Gauteng in the past three years, prompting the need for more protection and training, the provincial DA says.
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MAGNETIC RETRIEVER
A re-useable device for the quick, simple and safe retrieval of sharps that have been inadvertently dropped onto the operating theatre floor.
Magnetic Retriever
 
  • Strong magnetic rollers ensure safe, ‘hands free’ sharps retrieval
  • Robust design ensures a highly cost effective, long lasting device
  • Long handle enables retrieval whilst standing
'AUTO DISPOSABLE SYRINGES MUST BE WIDELY USED'
All good hospitals dispose of syringes after using once and follow safe injection practices. But even today, in most of the ...
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SAFETY DEVICES CUT INJURIES BY SHARPS BY 59 PER CENT: STUDY
Contact with contaminated needles, scalpels, broken glass and other sharp objects may expose healthcare workers to blood that contains pathogens which pose potentially lethal risk.
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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.
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MAYO CLINIC RESEARCHERS EXPLORE HOW HUMAN BEHAVIOR LEADS TO SURGICAL ERRORS
Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 "never" events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred.
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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.
 
PATIENTS GET EXTREME TO OBTAIN HEPATITIS DRUG THAT'S 1% THE COST OUTSIDE U.S.
This is how far one Express Scripts Holding Co. executive was willing to go to secure inexpensive versions of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, unavailable to U.S. consumers under federal drug import and patent laws.
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FRENCH HOSPITAL USES UNIQUE HAND HYGIENE MONITORING SYSTEM
The website Euronews.com is reporting that the infection control department of a French hospital are employing a hand hygiene monitoring system called Medi-HandTrace, which tracks employees via chips inserted into their shoes.
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THREE-QUARTERS OF PEOPLE WITH HEPATITIS C WERE BORN BETWEEN 1945 AND 1965
Many of the baby boomers who contracted the disease did so from blood transfusions administered before testing for Hep C became standard in 1992, while others were infected via intravenous drug use.
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'EBOLA WILL RETURN', VETERAN SCIENTIST WARNS
Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world's top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976. Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again in the future and that the deadly virus poses "a threat to the whole world".
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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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PENBLADE® SAFETY SCALPEL
PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE WITH PENBLADE®
 
The PenBlade Safety Scalpel has a retractable blade that activates like a click pen and retracts with a simple press of a button.  The "Pen-Style" activation is intuitive because it uses existing muscle memory.  The release button is positioned near the front of the scalpel where it can be pressed without looking or repositioning the hand. The result is a safety scalpel that doctors and nurses actually like using.
 
Activate
  • No-look, penlike activation
  • Uses existing muscle memory
 
Retract
  • Push-and-release retraction button at the front
  • Blade retraction without repositioning the hand
  • Optional semi-passive retraction
 
 
Trim
  • Suture trimming with blade retracted
  • Encourages user to end procedure with blade in the safe position
 
 
Quality
  • Rigid construction
  • Usable with right or left hand
  • Engineered for comfort and control
 
 
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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