Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 30, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Preventing needlestick injuries
Needlestick Injuries in Agriculture Workers and Prevention Programs.
Rising Prevalence of Needlestick Injuries Drive Demand for Acute Care ...
The report states that the major driving forces behind the flourishing market for acute care needleless connectors are the rising global prevalence of needlestick injuries, rising global geriatric population, and the rise in incidences of chronic pain, diabetes, and cancer.
Needlestick Injuries
Needlestick injuries within the waste and recycle and hospitals
Drive to eliminate needlestick injuries
Speakers at the safety summit hosted by the Biomedical devices company BD at the Sandton Convention Centre called on needle- stick ...
Grateful for the gift of life
Somrat was infected with hepatitis through an accidental needlestick when he was a medical student . Regular checks followed but as he grew older and his strength slowly faded, the disease took a grip and he knew his only chance lay in a transplant.
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.
 
HIV
Russia to Double Spending on HIV Care Next Year
Free HIV testing for Cork
Thirty Years Of HIV Epidemic In India: From Despair To Hope
HIV and AIDS Cure, News, and Updates: A Vaccine Being Developed Showing Some Promising Signs of Succeeding
San Francisco To Spend Another $1.2M To Combat HIV
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis can prevent HIV infection if administered within 8 hours: Dr Gilada
Uhuru says Kenya has scaled up HIV/Aids fight
SF receives $500K grant for ‘getting to zero’ HIV infections effort
Tuberculosis Surpasses HIV/AIDS As Leading Cause Of Global Death: WHO
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
High Court increases compensation to Hepatitis C victim by €70,000
New drugs bring new hope to hepatitis C patients
Health care workers at heightened risk of hepatitis C
Hep C and long-term costs: Why safety is suddenly part of the value equation
Why doctors say all baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C
Hepatitis C: Testing could save your life
Hepatitis C cluster at SGH: Screening period to be extended
Why doctors say all baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C
bout 2.7 million Americans have hep C (or “hep C virus” or “HCV”), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So high is the rate among baby boomers that doctors urge that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested.
Not yet conclusive that multi-dosing is cause of Hepatitis C cluster
An infectious diseases expert says the practice of multi-dosing is less common now in Singapore. One reason for this is that drugmakers are producing smaller quantities to meet the different needs of hospitals and clinics.he Hepatitis C outbreak in a Singapore hospital has cast the spotlight on a practice known as multi-dosing, where nurses or doctors inject patients by attaching new needles and syringes to a shared vial of fluid. The Singapore General Hospital - the site of the cluster - said the virus could have spread that way, and it has since stopped the practice. 
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.
WEST NILE
West Nile Virus on The Rise, Encinitas
Chelmsford man faces uphill battle after West Nile virus complications
West Nile virus confirmed in Victoria, surrounding areas
Suffolk County Reports Fifth Human Case of West Nile Virus
El Nino Could Increase Number of West Nile Cases: Health Official
El Nino could increase number of West Nile virus cases
30 Test Positive for West Nile Virus, Including 5 Deaths
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: West Nile cases may approach record
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
As Heroin Use by Whites Soars, Parents Urge Gentler Drug War
Federal, state government roll out heroin response
Drug Abuse in the Military: Illicit and Prescription Drugs
Substance abuse forum at Morris Museum in Morris Township
Students embrace substance abuse prevention program
Red Ribbon Week and Drug Abuse Prevention Month - choose to live drug-free
EBOLA
IOM launches second phase of Ebola Free Ghana
Nigeria: Remembering Adadevoh and the Ebola Victory
One year after Ebola crisis: impact of the disease is far from over
Study: Funerals Were Prime Places for Ebola Spread
Beyond Ebola and Polio
Approaching Zero: How West Africa is Crushing the Ebola Epidemic
IN THE NEWS
WHY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR THE WORLD TO START USING ‘SMART,’ SELF-DESTRUCTING SYRINGES
Reusing needles leads to millions of cases of hepatitis and HIV. But engineering a solution was not easy.
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2 MORE PATIENTS SCREENED BY SGH TEST POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS C
Two more people screened by the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for Hepatitis C have tested positive, the hospital announced on Friday...
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Predominantly a health care-related risk, needlestick and sharps injuries are serious. NIOSH states that these types of injuries occur when a worker comes in contact with a contaminated needle, scalpel or other sharps.
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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.
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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.

NEWLY LICENSED NURSES AT GREATER RISK OF INJURY: STUDY
Newly licensed nurses are more likely than more experienced nurses to suffer sprains, strains and needlesticks, according to a study from New York University.
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HEPATITIS C TEST FOR OFFICER ATTACKED BY DRUG ADDICT CARLEY SUDLOW IN ROCHESTER
A drug addict infected with deadly hepatitis tried to bite police officer after she stopper her robbing a woman.
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DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: AN OFFICER SAFETY CONCERN
Needles can hurt you if not handled correctly,. But, is that really the biggest concern you should have while searching an arrestee? This is another “the least you ...
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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.
 
DIABETES IDENTIFIED AS A RISK FACTOR FOR SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS
Diabetic patients are at considerably increased risk for developing surgical site infections (SSIs) while undergoing most types of surgeries, compared to non-diabetic patients, according to a new study published online today in Infection Control &...
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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2015 THE UNIVERSE OF PRE-FILLED SYRINGES AND INJECTION DEVICES
Listen to Conference Chair Friedrich Haefele, PhD talking about the Highlights of the 2015 PDA Europe "The Universe of Pre-filled Syringes & Injection Devices" ...
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NURSE'S NOTES: 'SIMMING FOR SAFETY' HELPS IN HEALTH CARE SETTING
When you fly in an airplane, do you ever question “Is this the pilot’s first time flying an airplane?” For most people, this question doesn’t enter their minds because we...
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EBOLA RESPONSE TEAM IS HONORED WITH PATIENT SAFETY AWARD
MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Ebola Response Team has been honored with the 2015 Patient Safety Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA).
 
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TWO-THIRDS OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION UNDER 50 ARE INFECTED WITH HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS TYPE 1
More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67 percent of the population – are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s first global estimates of HSV-1 infection published today...
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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.
 
AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION URGES NURSES TO GET FLU VACCINATION
The American Nurses Association (ANA) urges all registered nurses (RNs) to get the seasonal influenza vaccination and to advise their patients to get vaccinated.
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STUDY: FUNERALS WERE PRIME PLACES FOR EBOLA SPREAD
Nearly 25% of exposures in West Africa tied to attendance of Ebola victim burial
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YOU PROBABLY HAVE HERPES, THE WHO SAYS
Two-thirds of the world's population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease. More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 suffer from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), usually after catching it in childhood, according to a the WHO study. HSV-1 normally causes mouth ulcers rather than genital infect
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255 PATIENTS SCREENED NEGATIVE FOR HEPATITIS C
A total of 255 Singapore General Hospital (SGH) patients who were screened for hepatitis C have tested negative, the hospital said in an update today (Oct 12) on the unprecedented viral outbreak.
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HANDLING TOXIC DRUGS: A SIMPLE PACKAGING FIX
These exposures can be as dangerous to a nurse's health as an accidental needle stick. Safety guidelines, such as recommendations for using ...
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THE VITAL POINT OF VIEW THAT MAY BE MISSED – THE PATIENT’S
Complaints, when managed well, can play a major role in improving service quality and professional competence. The consumer’s voice for bringing change is a powerful one. Consumers are invaluable partners in quality improvement.
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HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT HEIGHTENED RISK OF HEPATITIS C
Health care workers are at higher than average risk of infection with the hepatitis C virus, a research review suggests.  Compared to the general population, health workers had 60 percent greater odds of getting hepatitis C, and those who worked directly with blood had almost triple the risk, according to the analysis in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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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
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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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