Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 16, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Vigmed signs exclusive distribution agreement for Finland.
Focus on sales leads to change of CEO in Vigmed Holding AB
Risk of needlestick injury from injecting needles
HIV
Read Elton John’s Impassioned Plea To Fight HIV/AIDS
Communities Commemorate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
Team describes rapid, sensitive test for HIV mutations
What Can Be Done for People Whose HIV Treatment History Is Written on Their Bodies?
Addressing the Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino Community
HIV Heroes Walk to Better Health
Man who proved HIV causes AIDS is back with promising vaccine
Dear Abby: Woman's hidden HIV status must be brought to light
Woman’s hidden HIV status must be brought to light Dear Abby: I’m writing regarding the letter from “She’s Killing Them in Indiana” (July 8) and your response to the writer, whose friend is HIV positive and doesn’t tell her partners her diagnosis.
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
Cuba to Present Results of New Medicine for Hepatitis C
Egypt’s Virus C: Organised virus, disorganised state
408 patients tested negative for Hepatitis C so far: SGH
Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Often Do Not Know They Are Infected
Vincent McKay: Action needed tackle death toll from viral hepatitis
Viral hepatitis in Pacific a chief WHO concern
National hepatitis commission accused of adopting untested therapy
New hepatitis C treatments have excellent outcomes
HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B
HIV drugs provide added benefit of protecting against hepatitis B virus
Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Often Do Not Know They Are Infected
More than three-quarters of intravenous drug users and Baby Boomers tested for hepatitis C were positive and unaware they were infected, according to results of a study published in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine.
WEST NILE
West Nile symptoms may never wear off
Two Livingston County residents treated for West Nile Virus
Human case of West Nile confirmed in Irving
Vaccine vital to combat equine West Nile
CT sees eight cases of West Nile Virus
Fort Worth Nurse Battles Against West Nile Virus
LA, Riverside counties continue to see spread of West Nile virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Controlled Substance Prescribing Patterns — Prescription Behavior Surveillance System, Eight States, 2013
Halloween Toy Pens Resembling Syringes Irk Parents And Anti-Drug Activists In US
Pittsburgh-area woman sues Bill Cosby for defamation, abuse
Porter County Substance Abuse Council Prevention Efforts with Porter County Sheriff
Obama: My Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan
Drug abuse and prevention at center of Hackensack Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse seminar
DRUG ABUSE AND PREVENTION IN T&T
Annie Oakley Once Took Hearst Newspapers to Court for Reporting a False Cocaine Addiction
Generally, it isn’t a good idea to pick a fight with a world-famous sharpshooter. William Randolph Hearst and his editors found this out the hard way when they ran a story that said the already-legendary Annie Oakley was a drug addict and a thief. But Oakley did not reach for her rifle. She took Hearst to court, along with many other newspapers that picked up the story. She wanted to clear her good name.
We're not gonna take it PSA - Brock and Oram
Brock and Oram PSA against prescription drug abuse for Sam Olen's "We're not gonna take it" campaign.
EBOLA
WHO: Ebola virus persists after symptoms
Second Ebola nurse now crashing into critical condition after CDC-controlled media falsely proclaimed her 'cured' by toxic pharmaceuticals
Ebola Can Remain in Semen for Up to Nine Months
UK Ebola 'relapse' case takes virus specialists to uncharted waters
Ailing Ebola nurse in UK may be rare case of relapse
Scottish Ebola Nurse Back in Hospital
China to mass produce Ebola vaccine
Ebola study finds women in Guinea who appear immune to the virus
I’m happy Nigeria's Ebola movie goes beyond scary headlines – Danny Glover
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.
 
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.
Woman tells court she had to delay starting a family after needle stick injury
A 36-year-old woman claimed in the Circuit Civil Court today she had to delay trying to start a family because of a needle stick injury following which doctors advised her not to have...
Preventing Sharps Injuries & Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures in the Healthcare Laundry Environment
This special digital issue reviews the many occupational hazards in the healthcare laundry environment and explores how to protect hospital laundry personnel from sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures.
50% Nigerians Do Not Know Their HIV Status Mrs Oluwakemi Gbadamosi, the Advocacy Manager of the foundation, said this in Abuja in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Gbadamosi said the figure was worrisome because of Nigeria’s population of ab
Mrs Oluwakemi Gbadamosi, the Advocacy Manager of the foundation, said this in Abuja in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Gbadamosi said the figure was worrisome because of Nigeria’s population of about 170 million people and its status as a country with the second highest burden of HIV in Africa after South Africa.
IN THE NEWS
NEBRASKA NURSES SAY STATE IS JEOPARDIZING JOBS OF WHISTLEBLOWERS - WATCHDOG.ORG
Two Nebraska nurses who blew the whistle on colleagues say the state divulged their names to those they were reporting. One was fired and the other resigned.
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MANAGING UNSAFE, UNETHICAL AND TROUBLING CONDUCT OF HEALTHCARE COLLEAGUES
A new nurse who is the only RN in a small community ED has observed troubling conduct on the part of an ED physician.
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EXPERTS ASTONISHED BY BRITISH NURSE'S DETERIORATION TO EBOLA
A British nurse who was apparently cured of Ebola earlier this year is now in a critical condition, doctors have said, with experts expressing astonishment at the deterioration of her condition.  Pauline Cafferkey was admitted to the specialist treatment isolation unit at Royal Free Hospital in London on 9 October. She had been treated for Ebola at the same hospital earlier this year, and was discharged in good health in January.
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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.

EVERY STORY IS MEANT TO BE TOLD; THIS STORY IS MEANT TO BE HEARD
Without the shame and stigmatism that accompany addiction, I believe more families would come forward sooner. More children would be saved with early detection. Addiction does not have to become that bottomless pit with eventual death.
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WHO HEPATITIS-B INFOGRAPHIC
Alfred Mendoza Photography Solutions.
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SHARPSAWARENESS FINAL 2015
Sharps Awareness
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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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STUDY FINDS HEALTHCARE WORKERS FREQUENTLY CONTAMINATE THEIR HANDS, CLOTHING IN REMOVAL OF PPE
Contamination of the skin and clothing of healthcare workers happened frequently during the removal of gloves or gowns in a simulation study published by JAMA Internal Medicine that used fluorescent lotion and black light.
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HIV AND HEPATITIS C SURVIVAL IN USED SYRINGE
Originally made for the Harm Reduction Works campaign in 2008, this video was moved over to the Exchange Supplies YouTube channel in 2015 (hence the ...
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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.
 
MAN WHO PROVED HIV CAUSES AIDS IS BACK WITH PROMISING VACCIN
The man who first proved that AIDS was triggered by the HIV virus more than 30 years ago is back with a potential vaccine that starts human testing this month, Science Alert reports.
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RESEARCHERS FIND HIGH MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION OF CLINICIANS' MOBILE PHONES IN ICUS, NICUS
The objective of this study by Heyba, et al. (2015) was to explore the prevalence of microbiological contamination of mobile phones that belong to clinicians in intensive care units (ICUs), pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) and neonatal care units (NCUs) in all public secondary care hospitals in Kuwait. The study also aimed to describe mobile phones disinfection practices as well as factors associated with mobile phone contamination.
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CDC OFFERS NEW INFECTION PREVENTION TOOLS TO PROMOTE DIALYSIS SAFETY
Patients who undergo hemodialysis have an increased risk of getting a healthcare-associated infection (HAI)
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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
 
 
WHEN & HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
Information about handwashing and hand hygiene
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TODDLER STABBED BY DIRTY HEROIN NEEDLE ON DUBLIN BUS
Yesterday, little Alysha Zambra got on a Dublin Bus vehicle with her mother, Stacie, where she was jabbed by the needle. Tony Duffin, of the Ana Liffey Drug Project centre, said discarded used needles posed a massive risk to the public. She was brought to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and tested for HIV and other blood-borne diseases. Now her shocked family face an agonising wait to see if she has contracted anything.
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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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