Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 28, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Drive to eliminate needlestick injuries
Syringes Found Throughout Abilene
HIV
Malawi: HIV vaccine trial soon
5 Top Worries of People With HIV Over 50: The View From Scotland
The HIV/HCV Outbreak in Indiana: Could It Happen in Your State?
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.
 
Data is helping Uganda eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission
Today in Uganda, creative approaches are helping eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) and leading to fewer and fewer babies being born HIV-infected.
HEPATITIS
What college students should know to stay healthy away from home
Hep C Debate: Should the Feds Require States to Cover Drugs for All?
One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment
Rising cost of prescription drugs threatens health care gains
Naomi Judd & Daughter Wynonna Croon Over The Judds’ Las Vegas Reunion, As Naomi Shares Hepatitis C Battle [Video]
Hepatitis C is Common in Prisons, but Treatment Is Rare
WEST NILE
2 Montgomery County residents test positive for West Nile virus
West Nile reported in county
Region spared from human cases of West Nile - so far
West Nile virus found in Hamilton County
West Nile confirmations on the rise in Pinellas
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Drug Rehab Nashville Comments On Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling The Rise of Heroin Use in Tennessee
Call To Action
Community forum to address drug abuse
Changes Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Governor leads substance abuse roundtable in Somersowrth
Addiction series: Regulating Indiana's abuse of prescription drugs
Grant to help MU students train for substance abuse prevention
Council Aims to Prevent Drug Abuse in ND
Marshall receives large federal grant to provide substance abuse prevention training for health care students
Todd Hunter dubbed substance abuse prevention advocate
Teen Alcohol And Drug Abuse: Free E-book
Learn what you can do to prevent your teen abusing alcohol and drugs...
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
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.
 
Release of Last Ebola Case Signals Sierra Leone Outbreak Could Be Over
Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Aug. 24, 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country.
Syringes found throughout Abilene
Abilene residents are concerned after several locals discovered drug paraphenalia disposed of on their property.
IN THE NEWS
"IRRESPONSIBLE: WHAT SURGEONS WON'T TELL YOU AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF"
Surgeon and exposure prevention expert Mark Davis, M.D. has written and published a new book for the general public, "Irresponsible: What Surgeons Won't Tell you and How to Protect Yourself". It is available at Amazon Kindle and can be read on any device, including computers, tablets and smart phones, using the free Kindle app. 
To learn more, click here! >
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? For too many hospital employees, the answer is “no,” and that’s a huge oversight. A needlestick is no small matter that a simple bandage can cure. More than 20 human pathogens are known to be transmitted via needlestick, including HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. It’s crucial that any healthcare professional who suffers a sharps injury reports it immediately so he or she can undergo testing and treatment when appropriate. OSHA also requires the employer to record in the injury on the OSHA 300 log (names can be omitted for privacy), so non-reporting is a violation.
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‘NEW VIGOR’ NEEDED TO REDUCE NEEDLESTICK INJURIES, HEALTH CARE GROUP SAYS
The health care industry has not made sufficient progress on reducing the number of needlestick injuries among workers, according to the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare.A survey of AOHP members at 157 hospitals in 32 states showed that health care workers experienced a sharps injury rate of 2.2 per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2012. This is an increase from the 2011 rate of 1.89, prompting AOHP to suggest current rules do not adequately protect workers.
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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.
 
PREFILLED SYRINGES SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, REDUCE MEDICAL ERRORS
Within the $70 billion plus global market for injectable drugs, one specialty segment – the prefilled syringe – has garnered noteworthy popularity since the 1980s.
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TRIAL BEGINS FOR MAN GIVEN HIV CONTAMINATED BLOOD
Howard Midkiff, a white-haired, bespectacled, 85-year-old man, quietly testified on Tuesday about how he had wanted to end his life after a contaminated blood transfusion administered to him during heart surgery gave him HIV.
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LIFESOUTH OFFICIAL TESTIFIES IN HIV-TAINTED BLOOD TRIAL
Jill Evans, the vice president of quality for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, testified on Wednesday how blood contaminated with HIV wound up in Howard Midkiff's blood stream during the course of his open-heart surgery. Howard Midkiff, 85, and his ..
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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.
 
SEATTLE CHILDREN’S SAYS FORMER SURGICAL PATIENTS AT BELLEVUE CLINIC MAY NEED HEPATITIS, HIV TESTS
Seattle Children’s Hospital is warning families of up to 12,000 patients who underwent surgery at its Bellevue Clinic that they could have been exposed to infection by improperly cleaned and sterilized equipment. Hospital officials said Wednesday that patients who had a surgical procedure at its Bellevue clinic will need to be tested for hepatitis B and C, as well HIV. They say the risk to patients is extremely low.
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FIRST MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV CASE IN HONG KONG SINCE 2012 AS DOCTOR WARNS OF 'LOOPHOLE' IN CITY'S PRENATAL CHECKS
A doctor has warned of a “loophole” existing in Hong Kong’s prenatal checks, as the city reports its first mother-to-child HIV case this year.  The infected child developed Aids – an immunity disease brought by HIV – before one year old, Dr Wong Ka-hing, consultant of the Centre for Health Protection’s special preventive programme, said this morning.
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ALARMING SPIKE IN RATE OF JABS FROM DISCARDED NEEDLES
ALMOST every week on the Sunshine Coast, someone is pricked with a discarded needle. There were 69 such incidents reported between January 2014 and June this year, the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has revealed. While not every incident involved the risk of being injected with blood-borne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and C, some did. Discarded syringes are often found in playgrounds, laneways and public toilets, or buried in parks and gardens.
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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
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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