Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 18, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Should drug users have a safe space to inject?
Antiviral treatment may help protect humans from Ebola
HIV/AIDS 'should be included' on workplace-related diseases list: report
Drive to eliminate needlestick injuries
The ethics of a blood test after a needlestick injury
Top Tips for Needlestick safety
“ Rebecca Allen from Initial Medical guides you through the top tips to make sure you avoid common injuries”
Prefilled Syringes Pay Off
“ Prefilled Syringes Pay Off Pharmacy Practice News Denver—Switching to prefilled, ready-to-administer (RTA) syringes can cut related costs by almost 50% and does not require additional space, according to a pharmacist-led study at Brigham and...”
OSAP kicks off Dental Infection Control Awareness Month with Safest Dental Visit
“OSAP’s new Safest Dental Visit program is a new initiative designed to promote an increased commitment to infection control and safety, set to coincide with September's National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month.”
Lawsuits Filed Against Henry Schein by Gerard Fox Law P.C. Expose Dentistry’s Dirty Secrets
Ken Rosenblood’s litigation opens a window into important information about protecting your health from dental supply profiteers.  Henry Schein, Inc. HSIC, -0.33% was hit with a series of lawsuits filed by Gerard Fox Law P.C. today alleging the dental supply giant is jeopardizing the public’s health, trust and the integrity of our water supply through deceptive and underhanded business practices.
HIV
HIV-infected paramedic sues air ambulance company
Got HIV and Want to Avoid Jail? There's an App for That — Created in St. Louis
Today is HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day
HIV positive addicts who have lost five kids want to have a baby
Redoing the Math: New York State Revises Its Estimate of People With HIV
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
Managing Hepatitis C: Advances in treatment & evaluation
Will The Next Hepatitis C Drugs Hit It Big?
Hepatitis infections decrease in Azerbaijan
If You’re a Baby Boomer, Get Tested for Hepatitis C
State focuses on testing and treatment for Hepatitis C
WEST NILE
3rd person died from West Nile virus
Rogers County Resident Latest West Nile Virus Death
West Nile Virus on the rise in Georgia
Human Death Related To West Nile Virus Reported In Pueblo County
Person Dies from West Nile in Pueblo County
First Human West Nile Case In Clark County
Dr. Deborah Asnis, Who Sounded Alert on West Nile Virus Outbreak, Dies at 59
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Taking the opioid crisis to the boardroom
Drug Impact Task Force speaker discusses prevention, as well as what works
Congressman Seth Moulton gives funds for substance abuse prevention to Healthy Gloucester Collaborative
DOJ launches $1.7M drug abuse program
Seven Hills receives critical substance abuse and HIV prevention grant
Kentucky to receive nearly $4M to fight prescription drug abuse
Local non-profit agency awarded $675,000 through five substance abuse prevention grants
Grant that funds programs to curb alcohol and drug use among teens is renewed
Youth substance-abuse prevention programs getting $1.25M
EBOLA
In Sierra Leone, Giving the Stigma of Ebola a Good, Swift Kick
Experimental Ebola drug takes step closer to market
Ebola vaccines face daunting path to approval
Ebola drug ZMapp gets fast track status from FDA
Confusion and fear of Ebola delayed treatment for some kids
Ebola response leaves Georgia network confident
Ebola Virus Mutations May Help It Evade Drug Treatment
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
ROOM TURNOVER TIMES: 'TRASH-AND-DASH' APPROACH JEOPARDIZES PATIENT OUTCOMES
“ Environmental hygiene, at its best, follows a prescribed set of steps in an evidence-based protocol, and guided by best-practice recommendations. Deviate from this protocol, or worse yet, cut corners, and patient outcomes can be jeopardized.”
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STUDY SAYS ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP NO MORE EFFECTIVE THAN PLAIN SOAP AT REDUCING BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION
“ Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when handwashing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.”
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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.
 
NEEDLESTICKS AND SHARPS INJURIES
Facts, Legal Concerns and Care
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DC DENTAL COMPANY CITED BY OSHA FOR BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN HAZARDS
“OSHA cited MD Dental Center PC, doing business as Smile Center Dental, for 26 alleged serious violations – including exposing workers to bloodborne pathogen hazards – at the company’s facility in Washington, D.C.. OSHA’s February inspection, initiated in response to a complaint, resulted in $61,600 in proposed penalties.”
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PREPARING FOR THE UNANNOUNCED OSHA INSPECTION OF YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE
“Would your dental practice be able to survive a $76,500 OSHA fine? That's the fine a dental office faced after just a single employee needlestick accident.”
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TAKING UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS
Compliance with OSHA’s blood-borne pathogens safety standards is vital.
Contact with potentially contaminated bodily fluids during collection of waste is a significant concern among waste and recycling personnel. While the collection, transportation and disposal of regulated medical or “red bag” waste is a specialized, highly-regulated segment within our industry, inadvertent exposure to blood-borne pathogens in the general waste stream is a potential occupational risk that should never be overlooked.
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VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS BLOOD COLLECTION NEEDLE

The VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Blood Collection Needle with optical venipuncture control is a great help for phlebotomy personnel. The latest innovation from Greiner Bio-One at last brings vision to blood collection. When venipuncture has been carried out successfully, blood flow is visible in the view window in the transparent plastic hub of the needle.

The VISIO PLUS also has advantages for the patient. Movement in the vein during penetration whilst searching for the vein lumen is sometimes painful for the patient: Due to the visible blood flow in the view window, this movement is avoided. The special cut of the needle tip makes penetration of the tissue a lot easier. The new VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS needle thus guarantees pain-free, stress-free venipuncture.

IOSH MEMBERS HEAR ABOUT IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND NEEDLE-STICK RISKS
Safety and health professionals heard how they can prevent infectious diseases spreading in their workplaces and help colleagues avoid needle-stick injuries.
A meeting, organised by the Tyne and Wear Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), heard a presentation from Dr Simon Howard from Public Health England.
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HEPATITIS SUFFERERS URGED TO SEEK HELP
“ National Cheng Kung University Hospital hepatology attending physician Chien Shih-chieh has said that Tainan has an abnormally high rate of hepatitis C and urged the public to be aware of the illness, and to start treatment and regular...”
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NEEDLE IN SCHOOLYARD IS NO LAUGHING MATTER
The health and safety of our children is priority for every parent and the community at large, so the amount of discussion on social media about this incident is not surprising.”
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CHIMO STUDENT'S FATHER TALKS ABOUT NEEDLE...
The discovery of a syringe by two Chimo Public School students this week has prompted school staff and police to urge parents to talk about the dangers of sharp items with their children. 
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QLICKSMART SNAPIT

QLICKSMART SnapIT
Qlicksmart SnapIT is a simply safer way to open glass ampoules, avoiding the unacceptable painful injuries which could be quite serious at times. This easy-to-use multi-use ampoule opener reduces the risk of sustaining a sharps injury by keeping hands out of harm’s way.


 

SnapIT is simple, safe and cost effective as it is reusable and comes in different sizes compatible with different ranges of ampoule sizes.

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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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