Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 19, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
A Most Tiring Time: Sleep and Residency
SIA Introduces the First and Only Assault and Needlestick Insurance Policy Designed for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals
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
Walgreens And Greater Than AIDS Team With Health Departments And Local AIDS Service Organizations To Offer Free HIV Testing In More Than 150 Cities
HIV and AIDS Cure news and updates: A Group of Scientist Claims to be One-Step Closer to Cure By Battling HIV on a Genetic Level
HIV numbers slow but decades of worries ahead
Louisville needle swap aims to stop repeat of nearby HIV, hepatitis C outbreaks
Breast Milk Sold Online Can Lead To Cancer And HIV, Experts Warn
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
NAM is the official scientific reporter for the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference
Online human breast milk craze has serious health risks, experts say
U.S. Eyes Cuba’s Lung Cancer Vaccine and Hepatitis Research
Hepatitis E outbreak looms in quake-hit Nepal, deadly for pregnant women
Hepatitis E outbreak looms in quake-hit Nepal
Hepatitis C: 25 Years Old, and Fading
WEST NILE
West Nile high
West Nile virus prevalent in Indio
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in San Diego
Conditions right to see more mosquitoes, West Nile virus
SNHD detects West Nile Virus in Mesquite’s Mosquitoes
Will record rainfall bring more cases of West Nile?
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Mental health promotion could reduce flakka use, substance abuse, leaders say
US Rep. Joe Kennedy introduces new anti-opioid abuse bill
Report: Drug overdose death rates increase in 26 states
Partnership key in war on drugs
Arlington awarded Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Grant
Penn State Drug Abuse Conference Teaches Pennsylvania Teens to Be Leaders
Addictive drugs and paraphenalia can be 'Hidden in Plain Sight'
Streator Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition wins award
Regional underage substance-abuse prevention chief to be based in Tewksbury
Ameritox Sponsors Operation UNITE Youth Basketball Camps Focused on Drug Abuse Prevention
EBOLA
Thousands of Liberians in 'post-Ebola syndrome' study
Ebola vaccines require greater speed in trials
In Sierra Leone, Graduating Under Ebola
Pregnant Ebola patient may have been contagious for days without symptoms
Study shows how Ebola evolved during the outbreak in West Africa
Ebola Might Have Plagued Ancient Athens, Researcher Believes
After Ebola, Is the US Ready for MERS?
Study finds Ebola virus mutated slower than first thought
Blood, Sweat and Tears: Study Will Watch Ebola Survivors
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.
 
Training Tijuana Cops To Avoid HIV Infections From Needle-Sticks
In the Tijuana neighborhood known as La Zona Norte, you don’t have to look very hard to find people using drugs. On the sidewalk of a busy street, a man uses a needle to inject himself in the neck. Around the corner, in the middle of a pile of garbage, another man shoots up. Used syringes are everywhere. When Tijuana police officers find syringes on someone, they typically break them apart, or throw them in the trash. That’s what they were taught to do. But these practices are risky. In a recent survey, 15 percent of Tijuana officers said they’ve suffered a needle-stick injury.
IN THE NEWS
INTERNATIONAL SAFETY CENTER RE-LAUNCHES WITH RENEWED FOCUS ON REDUCING HEALTHCARE WORKER EXPOSURES TO BLOODBORNE AND INFECTIOUS PATHOGENS
The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, originally housed at the University of Virginia, today announces it has completed a transition to an independent non-profit under the new moniker, International Safety Center. The International Safety Center will be an extension of the original Center, with an enhanced focus on collecting and analyzing data that better identifies healthcare worker safety hazards. The new Center will help hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities measure blood and body fluid exposures, sharps injuries and needlesticks to help prevent worker exposures to dangerous pathogens like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, measles and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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PROVANT HEALTH SERVICES HIT WITH OSHA VIOLATIONS AFTER EMPLOYEE PUNCTURED BY USED NEEDLE
An East Greenwich health and wellness program provider has been cited for nine serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for inadequately protecting its employees against exposure from contaminated needlesticks and blood-born pathogens. Provant Health Services LLC also faces a potential fine of $62,000, according to OSHA. It also was cited for an “other-than-serious” violation, which has a direct relationship to job safety and health.
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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
OSHA: RI COMPANY LACKS EFFECTIVE BLOOD HAZARD SAFEGUARDS
An East Greenwich company that ships clean needles and other medical supplies to clinics nationwide has been cited by federal workplace safety inspectors for not adequately protecting its employees against exposure to contaminated needlesticks and bloodborne pathogen hazards.
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CDC DISEASE DETECTIVE DESCRIBES HIS EBOLA-RESPONSE EXPERIENCE
When Jose, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (“disease detective”), arrived in Liberia in October 2014, he was supposed to help with hospital infection prevention and control.  CDC Disease Detective Relishes Field Work in Ebola Response CDC disease detective Chris Edens working on a dialysis investigation.
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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.
 
BIOLABS IN YOUR BACKYARD - PROVE IDENTIFIES OVER 200 BIOLABS
They house some of the most dangerous viruses and deadly bacteria in existence. Pathogens like Ebola, anthrax, and smallpox are examined in labs across the United States.  We've heard about the risks most recently when anthrax from a military lab was mistakenly shipped across the US.
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GOLDEN BIOTECH FIRM SHOOTS FOR $5M RAISE
A Golden firm is hoping to push its injection system to more health firms in time for next flu season. Ten-year-old Pharmjet is trying to make inoculations less painful for patients and safer for health care workers with its “needleless” syringes. Each year, 800,000 needlestick injuries occur in the U.S., according to OSHA. Those pricks result in costly investigations and tests for healthcare centers.
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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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