Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 3, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
A Most Tiring Time: Sleep and Residency
Sydney dentist scare: Patients could sue clinics over HIV and hepatitis exposure
Patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis are considering legal action against the Sydney dentist who performed invasive dental surgery with poorly sterilised equipment.
Razor blade at park sparks concern College Park under investigation by police after teen says blade cut her
A Rapid City teen says she suffered several deep cuts on her legs from a razor blade left on a slide at College Park in North Rapid City. She posted pictures of her injuries and a warning to others, on Facebook and the news spread quickly, in fact it's been shared more than six thousand times in about 24 hours.
Woman arrested after St. Matthews Police officer stuck with needle
According to an arrest report, Olivia Bunton's careless behavior with the needle created a risk for officers. She's been charged with wanton endangerment.
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
740 new HIV cases reported in May
Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV vaccine research
HIV stigma, fear linger in UK as infection rates continue to rise
Can You Guess Which Country Just Prevented Maternal HIV Transmission To Newborns And How?
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
Pictured: The 'diligent, meticulous' dentist who may have exposed thousands of his patients to HIV and hepatitis because he didn't sterilise his equipment properly
Hepatitis B Vaccine Ineffective in Most Patients With RA
Art of Aging: Testing baby boomers for Hepatitis C
Dozen "dirty" dentists accused of exposing thousands to HIV and Hepatitis
Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed
Traveling Abroad? Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A
WEST NILE
First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported to DHHS
West Nile virus on upswing with hot temperatures in Sacramento
Experts weigh in on 2015 West Nile season
West Nile virus appears for the 1st time this year in Nebraska
Rising temperatures lead to West Nile Virus alerts
New Case of West Nile in Central Illinois
West Nile Virus detected in New York City
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Why drug abuse must be fought at any cost
High school football fans to see substance abuse messages on field
Restaurants Team Up To Raise Money for Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Northern Lights offers substance abuse prevention skills training July 13-16
New Breakthrough In Preventing Teen Drug Abuse
CES Fights Against Drug Abuse Through Education and Prevention
New anti-drugs body must indeed be independent
Prevention is best way to curb spread of drug abuse
EBOLA
Ebola-free Liberia mysteriously gets 3rd new victim today
Honour for Ebola treatment nurse
Ebola: Lagos calls for precautionary measures
Ebola Virus Disease Is Back and Spreading
Liberia's new Ebola cases rattle neighboring Sierra Leone, Guinea
Liberia confirms third Ebola case in new outbreak
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.
 
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.
 
IN THE NEWS
INSPECTION REVEALS HOSPITAL VIOLATIONS
State regulators flagged Española Hospital personnel for violating several rules regarding solid waste disposal, after an onsite inspection at the facility uncovered the improper storage and transfer of infectious waste.
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PROTECTING YOURSELF AND WORKERS FROM NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
My last article gave some information on needlestick injuries and the diseases one can get from exposure to an infected needle.
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
I wanted to take a quick minute to express my gratitude for this great nation that we live in.  I am grateful for the freedoms that my family, ancestors, and others have fought for.
God bless America!
DRUG ADDICT'S USED SYRINGE FOUND IN LONGPORT, CANTERBURY.
Dad warns of dangers of discarded needles after his son spots the sharp lying in the road.
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REUSABLE SHARPS BINS LINKED TO HIGHER C DIFFICILE RATES
There are significantly higher rates of C. difficile infection among hospitals that use reusable sharps containers, according to US nursing researchers.
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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).
 
 
HOSPITAL INFECTION PREVENTIONISTS MAY SPEND MORE TIME COLLECTING DATA THAN PROTECTING PATIENTS
Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than five hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such ...
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AND YOU CALL THAT A SHARPS INJURY? GIANT RUNAWAY SAW BLADE SLICES THROUGH HOOD OF TRUCK, BARELY MISSING DRIVER
A bizarre accident has left a man in China with a damaged truck and a memory that will haunt him forever. A man in China, identified as only Mr. Xiang, was driving down the Chongqing-Guizhou Expressway when a giant circular saw blade fell off the back of a truck. The saw blade rolled right at Mr. Xiang’s truck. The saw blade cut through the hood of the truck, barely missing him, reports the Huffington Post.
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REPORT: RECYCLING WORKERS EXPOSED TO SAFETY FAILURES, NEEDLES, HIGH INJURY RATES
A new report released by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH), environmental, labor, and community rights groups illustrates how sorting recyclable materials can be a high-risk occupation, with workers regularly exposed ...
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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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