Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 26, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
EG Company Fined by OSHA for Lack of Employee Safety Safeguards
A Most Tiring Time: Sleep and Residency
International Safety Center Re-Launches with Renewed Focus on Reducing Healthcare Worker Exposures to Bloodborne and Infectious Pathogens
RI Health Clinic Provider Lacks Effective Blood Hazard Safeguards; Employee Sustains Preventable Needlestick Injury
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
Free HIV testing offered at Walgreens pharmacies
Wilkes-Barre man claims Geisinger Wyoming Valley ignored HIV infection
Where to get tested on National HIV Testing Day
Free HIV Testing at Walgreens for National HIV Testing Day on Saturday
6 Life Sentences That Come With HIV
Risks vs rewards: why people with HIV volunteer for ‘cure’ research
Four Arrested In Connection With HIV Outbreak
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 epidemic in Madison County, IN prompts state’s second public health emergency declaration
Hepatitis A Warning For Original Joe’s Customers in Canada
Tech Doc: What you should know about Hepatitis C
Hepatitis B Is On The Rise In The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis
VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
WEST NILE
Birds found dead on Lake Havasu test negative for avian flu
First WNV of 2015 detected in Michigan
West Nile Virus Located in Tulsa County, Four Neighborhoods
Experts weigh in on 2015 West Nile season
Chicago starts up West Nile virus prevention efforts
West Nile Virus Signs and Prevention: Chicago Negative in Spreading Virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Council to take up substance abuse, mental health money
Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program 2015 Golf Classic (PHOTOS)
Gambling, substance abuse summit begins in Kansas City
Congress demands creation of Drug Prevention Board in Uttarakhand
South Africa: Western Cape Social Development On Substance Abuse Awareness Week
Grants offered for projects to fight drug abuse
Workplace substance abuse and drug/alcohol testing: Developing and implementing compliant programs
Penn State Drug Abuse Conference Teaches Pennsylvania Teens to Be Leaders
Streator Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition wins award
EBOLA
Ebola returns to Sierra Leone’s Freetown
Ebola epidemic in Guinea may have led to 74000 extra untreated cases of malaria in 2014
Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control: study
Fear of Ebola likely led to increased malaria deaths in West Africa outbreak, study says
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
PREVENTING SHARPS INJURIES & BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURES IN THE HEALTHCARE LAUNDRY
This special digital issue reviews the many occupational hazards in the healthcare laundry environment and explores how to protect hospital laundry personnel from sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures.
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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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EG COMPANY FINED BY OSHA FOR LACK OF EMPLOYEE SAFETY SAFEGUARDS. EG-BASED PROVANT HAS BEEN IS FACING A PROPOSED FINE OF $62,000.
East Greenwich-based Provant, which conducts wellness clinics throughout the country, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine “serious” and one “other-than-serious” violations that exposed employees to possible safety risks.  According to a statement from OSHA, Provant was inspected by OSHA beginning last November after an employee complained that a used needle punctured him when he unpacked a box in the company’s mailroom.
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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.
 
HEALTH ALERT OVER ALLEGED UNREGISTERED DENTISTS RUNNING CLINICS IN MELBOURNE
Australia’s medical regulator issues health alert, warning an unknown number of people may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases
A cluster of makeshift dental clinics allegedly being run by people without the appropriate permission has been uncovered in Victoria, with Australia’s medical regulator warning an unknown number of people may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases.
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PATIENTS PUT AT RISK OF HEPATITIS AND MEDICINE USED WHICH WAS 4 YEARS OUT OF DATE AT CRAWLEY DOCTORS' SURGERY
A CRAWLEY doctors' surgery which has nearly 11,000 patients on its books has been placed in special measures following a damning inspection.
Bridge Medical Centre, in Wassand Close, Three Bridges, was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March and a report on a series of failings was published last Thursday.   A urine sample was found stored next to vaccines when it should have been in a separate fridge; some medicine which was in use was up to four years out of date; and 78 blank prescription pads were unaccounted for.
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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.
 
A MOST TIRING TIME: SLEEP AND RESIDENCY
Among residents, sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk for personal injury in the workplace (eg, needlestick injury), as well as increased harm to patients due to medical error.
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STUDY EXAMINES SELF-REPORTED, OBSERVED COMPLIANCE WITH 2 SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
A recent study examined the self-reported and observed compliance of healthcare workers with two sharps injury prevention practices: the double-gloving technique and the hands-free technique. According to the CDC, roughly 385,000 sharps-related injuries
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RECYCLING WORKERS EXPOSED TO SAFETY HAZARDS AND HIGH INJURY RATES
Last week, a 33 year old man was crushed to death in a cardboard compactor while working at a recycling plant in Winter Garden, outside of Orlando, Florida.  It was not an isolated case. A report from the University of Illinois School of Public Health released today finds that recycling work is unnecessarily hazardous to workers’ health and safety. Recycling workers are more than twice as likely to be injured at work as the average worker.
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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).
 
 
SURVEY OF SHARPS INJURIES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN USA HOSPITALS
Blood exposure (BE) among healthcare workers (HCW), either from percutaneous sharps injury (SI) or mucocutaneous (MC) exposure, is a serious occupational risk that healthcare facilities (HCF) strive to reduce.
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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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