Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 21, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Syringes Found Throughout Abilene
Union boss blames drug boom for spiralling Far North Queensland police assaults
Utilizing Proper PPE in the ER
Learn why it is extremely important to utilize proper PPE in the emergency room.
PODCAST: Put the Phone Away, You are a Safety Risk
The ECRI, a nonprofit that researches medical drugs and devices, issued a position statement in June on the use of smartphones that looks at its benefits and safety risks.
Sharps Injuries Remain a Sticky Concern for Healthcare
Imagine this: You’re engaged in pleasant conversation during your hospital’s yearly flu vaccination drive. All of a sudden—ouch! You’ve accidentally stuck your thumb with a used needle. Do you know what to do next?
Management of sharps injuries in the healthcare setting
Infographic on mangaging sharps injuries
A man pricked by a needle concealed in tissue was turned away by THREE separate care centres
Turned away from three clinics....
HIV
CDC Releases Death Rate Estimates for Seven Conditions
NGO Tackles Stigmatization Of Person Living With HIV/AIDS At Akim Oda
Interview with HIV denier-turned-science-advocate John Strangis
Israeli study shows circumcision reduces risk of HIV infection
Sharp rise in heterosexuals contracting HIV
HIV care arrives in eastern Ukraine where UN, faith groups collaborate
Reducing Food Insecurity Improves HIV Outcomes in Patients in Kenya
HIV: UN meets goal to treat 15 million
The goal to get life-saving HIV treatment to 15 million people by the end of 2015 has been met, says the United Nations Aids agency.
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.
 
HEPATITIS
Monroe County health officer declares hepatitis C emergency
How to pay the bill for hepatitis C
Local Health Officials Worried Over Spike in Hepatitis C Cases
Hepatitis C sufferer imports life-saving drugs from India, takes on global pharmaceutical company
Health ministry, Al-Azhar combine forces to combat Hepatitis C
After hepatitis C has been treated, what about cirrhosis?
Advanced liver damage in hepatitis C patients grossly underestimated and underdiagnosed
NYC health centers educate infected pregnant women about Hepatitis B, protect newborn babies from virus
WEST NILE
Second West Nile case confirmed in Montgomery County
Serbia: West Nile virus situation is under control
First Ohio West Nile Death Reported
6 new cases of West Nile virus found in El Paso
West Nile detected in Fall River and Somerset
West Nile virus may have contributed to death in Tucson area
Baltimore-area person infected with West Nile virus
West Nile Virus Patient in Big Country
First 2015 Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Teens may not drink or smoke if friends are counselled not to
Sindh: Drug Prevention Campaign Launched
Treatment providers, Kennebec sheriff weigh in on upcoming drug abuse summit
Reason to Worry? FDA Approves OxyContin for Kids.
Navy seeks Sailors’ opinion in new survey on alcohol use and responsible drinking
Talking about addiction epidemic, Jeb Bush gets personal
Marshall receives large federal grant to provide substance abuse prevention training for health care students
EBOLA
Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia
Anne Curtis 'donates' Twitter feed to Ebola survivor
Ebola in Sierra Leone: after 4,000 deaths, outbreak all but over
Sierra Leone Awaits Countdown to Ebola-Free Declaration
Guinea’s Growth of Small Businesses Signal Post-Ebola Recovery
South Jersey malaria case prompts Ebola protocol
UPDATE: Ebola Ruled Out for New Yorker Who Returned From Africa With Fever
Ebola: What Happened
Only two Ebola cases reported in past week, but risks remain: WHO
Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded a single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach, although risks remain, the World Health Organization
NYC doctor with Ebola accused of lying about self-isolation
A New York City doctor stricken with the Ebola virus concealed from authorities his public travel and activities leading up to his diagnosis, a new report claims.
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
SHARPS SAFETY: ADVANCING THE AGENDA TO CURTAIL INJURIES AND EXPOSURES
While strides have been made to address occupational injuries and exposures in the healthcare environment, the obstacles remain, and ex-perts say that a greater commitment to safety among all stakeholders -- healthcare personnel, healthcare...
More >
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.
 
BRILLIANT VEINVIEWER MAKES IT EASIER (AND LESS PAINFUL) TO FIND A PATIENT’S VEIN
The VeinViewer captures images of a patients veins and projects those images back onto the skin in real time.
More >
DR GRAY: WHY PATIENTS SOMETIMES TERRIFY THEIR DOCTORS
It might come as a surprise to you but doctors are sometimes terrified of their patients. DR THOMAS ...
More >
INCREASE IN HEP C, B AND HIV EXPOSURE FROM SHARPS INJURIES
Around 80% of the 4,830 incidents reported over the period involved doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants. ...
More >
CORVIDA MEDICAL'S HALO HAZARDOUS MEDS TRANSFER SYSTEM FDA CLEARED
Corvida Medical, a firm based in Coralville, Iowa, obtained FDA 510(k) clearance for the Halo Closed System Transfer Device, a product designed to prevent...
More >
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.
 
ON MY RADAR: THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT THE DOCTORS’ STRIKE
You cannot imagine what doctors go through - how difficult life is for them. The hustle and bustle of the job will not allow them time for themselves...
More >
POLICE SAY OFFICER STUCK BY NEEDLE IN POCKET OF MAN WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS C
Officials say the suspect denied having needles or other harmful items in his possession.
More >
NEW MICROFLUIDIC BLOOD-DRAW DEVICE COULD REPLACE NEEDLE STICKS AND VENIPUNCTURES AT MEDICAL LABORATORIES
For more than two years, the nation’s media have been captivated by Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ vision of offering patients who need blood tests a finger stick collection instead of a venipuncture. Meanwhile, in research labs across the nation, there are credible efforts to develop ways to collect medical laboratory test specimens that require no needles at all. One such effort may soon enter the market. It is an innovative, needleless blood-collection device called HemoLink.
More >
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
STUDY SHOWS PERIPHERALLY INSERTED CENTRAL CATHETERS CAN CAUSE BLOOD CLOTS IN LOWER LIMBS
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), a type of IV typically inserted in a vein in the arm, are frequently used by healthcare professionals to obtain long-term central venous access in hospitalized patients.
More >
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.
 
The new guideline is called "WHO Guideline on the use of Safety-Engineered Syringes for Intramuscular, Intradermal and Subcutaneous Injections in Health Care."
More >
WHO - MAKING ALL INJECTIONS SAFE BROCHURE
This is an illustrated summary brochure for the general public.
More >
SHARPS DISPOSAL CONTAINER RE-USE MAY HELP SPREAD PATHOGENS
Data from more than 500 hospitals suggest that reusable sharps disposal containers are associated with higher rates of Clostridium difficile infection, according to a Philadelphia-based researcher.   Dr. Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz told Reuters Health by email, "This is an important finding given the ubiquitous use of sharps containers in the health care setting, the growing trend toward hospitals using reusable sharps containers, and the high burden of C. difficile."
More >
CANADA: IN NEED OF COLLECTING NEEDLES
For Jesse Stretch, picking up needles has become a part-time duty.  For the past two months, he’s been making regular patrols of areas where needles are found after encountering some in a park one day with his step children. “For awhile there, it was getting ridiculous.”  Recently, he’s found fewer needles, although he picked up three on Tuesday in Horsemen’s Park. Stretch, who recently organized a community safety rally in downtown Maple Ridge, estimates he’s picked up 300 needles in the past few months.
More >
NEEDLESTICK INJURIES AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Dozens of staff at NHS Grampian in Scotland have successfully sued their employers after sustaining needle injuries at work.
More >
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SHARPS DISPOSAL CONTAINERS AND CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE INFECTIONS IN ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS - AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL
This study assessed the relationship between use of single-use versus reusable sharps containers and rates of Clostridium difficile infections in acute care. Hospitals using single-use containers had significantly lower rates of Clostridium difficile versus hospitals using reusable containers. This is the first study to show a link between use of single-use sharps containers and lower Clostridium difficile rates.
More >
PODCAST: PUT THE PHONE AWAY, YOU ARE A SAFETY RISK
The ECRI, a nonprofit that researches medical drugs and devices, issued a position statement in June on the use of smartphones that looks at its benefits and safety risks.
More >
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.
 
 
© Copyright 2017 International Sharps Injury Prevention Society
We practice permission marketing. If you do not wish to receive these e-mail notices
please send an email to newsletter@isips.org with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
or send request to

ISIPS
6898 Maria Way
Herriman, Ut 84096