Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 24, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick Law Linked to Decrease in Health Care Worker Injuries
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
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
RI Health Clinic Provider Lacks Effective Blood Hazard Safeguards; Employee Sustains Preventable Needlestick Injury
An East Greenwich company that conducts wellness clinics throughout the U.S. inadequately protected its employees against exposure from contaminated needlesticks and bloodborne pathogen hazards*, an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found.
OSAP to present webinar on the hepatitis C virus this August
OSAP to present webinar on the hepatitis C virus this August Dentistry IQ The HCV webinar will give dental health care providers up-to-date information on the natural history and epidemiology of HCV, new HCV therapies, recent screening guidelines...
Viral hepatitis – 400 deaths a day in the WHO European Region could be prevented
Over 13 million people in the WHO European Region live with chronic hepatitis B infection and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C infection, leading to 400 deaths every day.
Blackburn man infected with HIV by contaminated blood 'could die' before receiving compensation
A MAN who was was infected with HIV by contaminated blood says he ‘could very well die’ before he receives compensation.
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.
 
IN THE NEWS
FBI INVESTIGATING MANSFIELD COMPANY, SHARPS TERMINATOR, FOR FRAUD
A Mansfield based business is at the center of an 
investigation by the FBI.
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8000 HIV PATIENTS AT RISK IN EASTERN UKRAINE: UN ENVOY
Some 8,000 people with HIV in war-torn eastern Ukraine face a critical shortage of medicine and their supply will run out in mid-August unless a blockade is lifted, a UN AIDS envoy has warned.
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US HEALTH WORKERS ‘NOT REMOVING PROTECTIVE GEAR CORRECTLY
Fewer than one in six healthcare workers followed all US recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) after patient care, according to a small study.
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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.
 
10 ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT HEPATITIS C
Treatment for this blood-borne virus was once as feared as the disease itself. Now, newer medicines offer a cure without severe side effects.
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SYRINGE REUSE NOT CLEVER: WHO ADVOCATES USE OF "SMART" SYRINGES TO STOP ...
Smart’ syringes that can’t be reused should be the drug and vaccine delivery technology of choice for healthcare programmes according to the WHO, which says needle reuse is spreading deadly infectious diseases.
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MIAMI BLOOD BANK CLOSED BY FDA DUE TO NUMEROUS HIV-RELATED VIOLATIONS
For committing a number of violations, a blood bank in Miami was closed down by the FDA. The agency has not done anything like this in more than 10 years.
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ANOTHER EBOLA NURSE DIES. IS CORPORATE GREED TO BLAME?
Another nurse has died of Ebola. Did you know the outbreak was still active in Sierra Leone? The International Medical Corps (IMC) has acknowledge the death of one of its nurses in the West African nation.
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THE ‘NIGHTMARISH’ BOSTON HOTEL WHERE WORKERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH VOMIT, BLOOD-SOAKED CARPETS, NEEDLES
On June 25, workers at Boston’s Wyndham Beacon Hill took to the streets to protest unsafe working conditions, the culmination of an escalating fight over biohazards at the hotel. They charge that they’re routinely exposed to medical waste that endangers them, while the hotel insists this is not the case. The fight over working conditions at the Wyndham highlights the myriad dangers hotel workers say they face on the job—some of which could be seriously detrimental to their health.
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NEW WHO INJECTION SAFETY GUIDELINES
WHO is urging countries to transition, by 2020, to the exclusive use of the new “smart” syringes, except in a few circumstances in which a syringe that blocks after a single use would interfere with the procedure.
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CANADA KELOWNA TODDLER ILL AFTER PUTTING USED NEEDLE IN MOUTH
Kelowna mother Emily Krebs says it all happened in a matter of moments.  Krebs was playing in her apartment’s yard in the middle of May with her young toddler, 17-month-old Xavier, when he found a used needle. Krebs says she turned around for a split second to fetch a ball, but by the time she turned around, Xavier put the needle in his mouth and ear.
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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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