Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 6, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Pen Needles Market Share, Analysis, Trends To 2020: Grand View Research, Inc.
New Syringe Design Not Particularly Effective at Curbing Spread of Hepatitis C ..
The study is believed to be the first of its kind to assess the infectivity of hepatitis C in different syringe designs.
The unkindest cut of all
A new book highlights the need to prevent transmission of viral infections between medical staffers and patients – but the Health Ministry has not given the subject much attention.
Protection from Needle Stick Injuries in Insulin Injections
Needle Stick Injuries (NSI) with diabetes needles or lancing devices are one of the highest frequency sharps injuries in the healthcare setting[1].  Some healthcare workers believe that because people with diabetes inject with short thin needles they represent little risk of transmitting infection.  This is a dangerous fallacy.
 
Diabetes needles themselves have been shown to retain traces of blood.  It takes minute quantities of blood to transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV) or C (HCV).  The average volume of blood inoculated in a NSI with a thin gauge needle ranges from 1.0 – 2.0 µL[2].  This volume is more than enough to transmit an infectious dose of a blood-borne virus.
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
Watch Magic Johnson's Powerful HIV Announcement From 1991
HIV, Hepatitis C outbreak continues in Indiana
Prison officers want HIV/TB care for junior inmates
HIV Doesn’t Kill Anymore: Get Tested! Don’t Die Of Ignorance.
A safer alternative to a once-daily HIV pill just got approved — here's what you need to know about it
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
Parties in hepatitis C outbreak lawsuit schedule mediation
HIV, Hepatitis C outbreak continues in Indiana
MPP announces expansion of mandate to hepatitis C and TB medicines
Federal Officials Warn States on Hepatitis C Drug Restrictions
Hepatitis A Is Of Animal Origin
SGH hepatitis C cluster update: 818 patients screened, no new positives
Cherokee Nation conducts study to eliminate hepatitis C among Natives
The Cherokee Nation is doing its part to eliminate hepatitis C among Natives in Indian Country.
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 Decimating US Birds, Killing Millions More Than Thought, Study Finds
West Nile Virus Infections-Pipeline Insights, 2015
West Nile Cases Grow in the Big Country
What ever happened to West Nile?
West Nile virus killing millions more birds than previously thought
28 deaths from West Nile virus confirmed in California so far in 2015
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
School activities slated for drug abuse prevention week
The perils of opiates and alcohol abuse
Youth alcohol, drug use with parents' consent less likely to encounter problems but still put them at risk: study
McDonald’s donates to prevent substance abuse
Teen substance use is risky even with parents' knowledge
Substance abuse prevention creates safer communities
New Hampshire lags in substance abuse prevention, recovery
EBOLA
Ebola mobile suitcase laboratory successfully tested in Guinea
Sierra Leone News: Recounting the Cost of Ebola on the Sierra Leone Economy
The Last Place on Earth With Ebola: Guinea’s Fight to Get to Zero
How technology can help reboot Ebola-hit Sierra Leone
EBOLA: I had concerns, but they didn’t affect our intimacy – Godwin Igonoh
Ebola And Hospital Acquired Infections
IN THE NEWS
NIOSH LAUNCHES HEALTH CENTER TO PROMOTE WORKERS' WELL-BEING
Occupational Health and Safety NIOSH has launched the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW), the first virtual center to be hosted by the...
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EYEWEAR OVER THE YEARS: HOW DISPOSABLE EYEWEAR HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER
Learn more how PPE disposable eyewear is more beneficial during some specific infection control situations.
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NEW RESEARCH TRACES HEPATITIS C INFECTIONS IN SCOTLAND BACK TO WWII
The roots of hepatitis C infection in Scotland date back to the Second World War, according to new research from the University of Glasgow.
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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.

HIV, HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK CONTINUES IN INDIANA
It's been months since the story about southeastern Indiana’s HIV epidemic went national and now, the state is still trying to bounce back from what Governor Pence called 'the worst outbreak in sta...
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HIV/AIDS
PowerPoint On HIV/AIDS 
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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.
 
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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DISCARDED SYRINGES PUT CLEANUP WORKERS ALONG PENNSYLVANIA ROADS AT RISK
Vince Mastrorocco remembers when volunteers for Derry Township’s highway cleanup program were unfazed by Saturday mornings spent hauling away old tires and litter. That was ... Discarded syringes p...
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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.
 
HOW TO AVOID AN UNSAFE FLU SHOT
The five dozen people who received a their flu shots from a nurse who re-used syringes at a workplace clinic in West Windsor last month are not alone. More than 150,000 patients since 2001 have had to be tested for blood-borne diseases because of improperly administered injections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these shots were given in settings other than hospitals, and involved the re-use of single-dose syringes or the misuse of multi-dose vials. As a result, there have been at least 50 outbreaks of infectious diseases during that time, says the CDC.
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LOCAL DOCTOR INVENTS NON-SURGICAL FACELIFT
If you hear something is fake, you probably think it's a bad thing.  But a local doctor is having the opposite reaction to his new Fakelift. "No surgery, no thread, no lasers," says the Fakelift's inventor, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Mike Nayak. A needle on the left, a cannula on the right and syringes are the only medical devices laid out in his procedure room.
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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
OWEN MUMFORD UNVEILS NEW PASSIVE SAFETY DEVICE FOR PRE-FILLABLE SYRINGES AT PDA
Owen Mumford today unveils a new addition to its range of medical devices at PDA: The Universe of Pre-Filled Syringes and Injection Devices event in Vienna, booth 106 and 107. Presented for the first time, UniSafe is a new springless passive safety device that is designed to work with standard, existing pre-fillable syringes.
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AT TOP U.S. HOSPITAL, ALMOST 50 PERCENT OF SURGERIES HAVE DRUG-RELATED ERROR
Nearly half of all surgeries at one of the nation's top hospitals involve some kind of medication error or unintended drug side effect, a rate likely to be found at other U.S. hospitals, researchers said.
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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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