Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 17, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick Law Linked to Decrease in Health Care Worker Injuries
Reduce Splashes, Increase Infection Prevention
Slips, trips, falls and sharps are widely recognized as potential occupational risks in the healthcare industry. However, there is another dangerous hazard that often goes unnoticed and underreported—splashes.
Study reviews needlestick injuries to medical students
Intravenous literature, news, products and conference resources from IVTEAM the global home of intravenous, infusion and vascular access updates.
OSHA Targets Inpatient Health Care Facilities and Nursing Homes for Enforcement Actions
On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) created a new compliance nightmare for inpatient health care facilities and nursing homes. Specifically, Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, announced the details of OSHA’s new health care enforcement initiative in a memorandum to OSHA Regional Administrators and State Plans. 
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.
Insurance for Outpatient healthcare facilities including needlestick injuries
Insurance for Massachusetts Outpatient Healthcare facilities and Doctor's offices that helps simplify paperwork and protect your business and your employees.
HIV
HIV/AIDS Prevention: Epidemic, Infections And Deaths Declining; UNAIDS Aspires To Eradicate Disease By 2030
HIV infection rate on the rise in Hillsborough County
New HIV infections down by 20 percent in India, says UN
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
HRC Members and Supports Respond to Blood Ban
U.S. Groups To Celebrate World Hepatitis Day 2015
Infection, death rates for hepatitis C soar in Oregon
Staggering rise in Hepatitis C cases has healthcare providers working to raise awareness
CURE Media Group Launches Website Focused on Hepatitis C
WEST NILE
First West Nile Virus Positive in Tazewell County for 2015
West Nile reported in six southwest Idaho counties
West Nile virus found in Platte County
Officials urge caution after positive test for West Nile
West Nile Virus on the rise
First case of West Nile virus confirmed in North Dakota
West Nile Virus prompts precautions at Wildwood
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Hudson prepares for new substance abuse program this fall
Idaho communities receive grants to prevent substance abuse
Drug prevention group celebrates 25th anniversary
Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative Awareness Campaign "Prescription Drug Abuse - It's Not What the Doctor Ordered"
Student views on substance abuse
VT to spread drug abuse prevention statewide
EBOLA
Ebola burial teams seek bribes in Sierra Leone: health official
Ebola Resurgence, Outbreak & Updates: Another Fatality, New Cases Recorded in Liberia
Authorities Confirm Second Ebola Death In Liberia
After $3.4 billion pledge to Ebola response, concerns persist about preparedness for next outbreak
Ebola survivor likely source of new Liberian outbreak: WHO
Guinea Faces New Challenge in Struggle to Stamp Out 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.
 
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
MAKE THE SWITCH TO SAFETY SCALPELS
You know why your surgeons need to use safety scalpels: Because government regulations and professional organizations demand them, and because you want to protect your employees from on-the-job injuries. How to get the devices into surgeons' hands, though ...
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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
 
 
THE DOS AND DON'TS OF DISPOSING OF 'SHARPS'
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are about 9 million Americans who use needles or other sharps to manage their medical conditions
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SHARPS CONTAINERS
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is there to protect employees, states that all dental offices must have appropriate sharps containers. 
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EX-DOC IN VEGAS HEPATITIS C SPREAD SENTENCED IN FEDERAL CASE
A federal judge had scathing words for a once-prominent Las Vegas doctor he sentenced to almost six years and ordered to repay $2.2 million to insurance firms and the government in a fraud case arising from the largest medical office hepatitis C...
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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).
 
 
HEALTH INDUSTRY RESISTS SAFETY PROTOCOLS TO PROTECT WORKER INJURIES ...
A new report from the advocacy group Public Citizen says that hospital executives and administrators have no plan of action for lowering the staggering rate of on-the-job injuries for ...
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OSHA ANNOUNCES MAJOR FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
In late June, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a major initiative that will intensify and expand the agency’s enforcement resources in the healthcare industry, with a focus on several common causes of workplace injuries in hospitals and nursing homes including workplace injuries related to patient or resident lifting, as well as workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis, and slip and falls. 
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CONCORD STUDENTS HAVE A SHARP IDEA FOR HOSPITAL SAFETY
Somewhere in Christiana Hospital, there's a conveyor belt burdened with hospital gowns, bedsheets and other linens.  On an average day, the employees who work along that belt sort and wash between 30,000 and 35,000 pounds of laundry. Every once in a while, a hospital worker will make an absent-minded mistake and leave something in a gown or on a blanket.. That could be a pen or ID card, but it could also be something more dangerous, like a scalpel or a needle.
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CUT THE HIGH RISK OF LOW-VOLUME HOSPITALS
The victims of unnecessary surgical risks deserve a better system. Imagine you were seeking major surgery, and the hospital's consent form contained this surprise statement, which you were asked to initial: "I understand that this surgeon and hospital have not performed this procedure in the last 12 months. As such, I accept the greater risk of complications and even death."
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DOCTORS THROWING FITS-ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS OF BEING A NURSE IS DEALING WITH BULLYING DOCTORS.
A doctor-bully epidemic is jeopardizing both nurses and patients. In news reports and hospital break rooms, stories abound of physicians berating nurses, hurling profanities, or even physically threatening or assaulting them. Doctors are shoving nurses in the operating room; throwing stethoscopes, scissors, pens, or surgical instruments. 
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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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