Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 13, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Tattoos gain popularity in Lode and nation
Prevention of Needlestick Injuries Can Save U.S. Healthcare System More Than $1 Billion Annually
Needlestick Safety - Needle Injury Prevention VEI Safety Blog
Needlestick Safety provides education about the safest medical devices, needle design flaws, and needle safety legislation in the U.S. and worldwide.
Some Communities Seeing Growing Issue Of Dirty Needles Littering Public Places
W.Va. – The state’s drug problem continues to trickle down and indirectly affect everyone. Old, used heroin needles are now finding their way onto the streets and could pose as a health hazard.People are spotting needles in plain...
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
Jenny McCarthy: It’s A ‘Big Deal’ Charlie Sheen Didn’t Tell Me Of HIV
Charlie Sheen blasted by co-star for not revealing 'icky' HIV battle on TV set
We know the city where HIV first infected a human
Jenny McCarthy Is Furious At Charlie Sheen For Not Being ‘Upfront’ About His HIV Status
What Charlie Sheen Faces in Legal Threats From HIV Disclosure
Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status Was Revealed In 2014 In Sony Hack Email
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
NEW HEPATITIS C SERVICE A FIRST FOR THE ISLAND
Mcdonald's Operator Sued After Customers Worry Of Contacting Hepatitis
Hepatitis C cases are on the rise in Southwest Virginia
Price looms as major hurdle in hepatitis C eradication
Can drug course cure hepatitis C virus?
New Treatments Not Enough to Eliminate Hepatitis C
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.
Worldwide Prevalence
Hepatitis C is a global disease. While not every nation in the world has had adequate means to survey its population for incidence of the virus, enough statistics have been compiled to demonstrate the enormous threat posed by hepatitis C. Hepatitis C, in combination with hepatitis B, now accounts for 75% of all cases of liver disease around the world.
WEST NILE
West Nile virus claims second life in county in a month
West Nile Virus Activity Detected Across L.A. County, Including Santa Clarita Valley
West Nile virus deaths in Los Angeles, San Bernardino counties bring total to 34
WEST NILE: State, county break records for deaths
West Nile Has Killed Record Number of Californians
What ever happened to West Nile
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
The Most Effective Prevention for Teen Substance Use Not Widely Deployed: Report
The sad realities of prescription drug abuse
Former NBA player rebounds, speaks of his addiction recovery
Drug prevention efforts start early, educators say
San Ramon Valley Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition
Alcohol and drug abuse prevention group aims to curb "fourth-year fifth"
New partnership combats prescription drug abuse
Bedford summit addresses substance abuse
Substance Abuse Prevention Is About Education Not Fear
In our opinion: Prescription drug abuse has extreme health and safety consequences for Utah families
The abuse and misuse of prescription pain medication is a problem that has attracted a lot of public attention in recent years, leading to a greater level of awareness, detection and treatment. That’s the good news. The bad news is that rates of abuse leading to fatal overdoses continue to rise and have reached a point where the problem can or will impact nearly every family in Utah.
EBOLA
University at heart of Ebola battle badly hit by deaths
Ebola vaccine is safe, stimulates strong immune response, study shows
Liberians Plant Trees to Remember Ebola Victims
Last Known Ebola Patient Cured In Guinea
Ebola Outbreak Monthly Update (November 2015)
New Ebola vaccine safe, stimulates strong immune response
UN Ebola Chief Says Priority Now Is Helping 15,000 Survivors
U.K. Nurse Who Had Ebola Relapse Now Free of Virus
A Scottish nurse who was hospitalized last month after she suffered a relapse of Ebola is now free of the deadly virus and was transferred from the Royal Free Hospital in London to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
IN THE NEWS
DEA REPORT TALLIES NEARLY 2,500 DRUG DEATHS IN PA. IN 2014
A survey of nearly 2500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania last year shows nearly half involved heroin. A survey of nearly 2500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania ...
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THE UNKINDEST CUT OF ALL - JERUSALEM POST ISRAEL NEWS
Jerusalem Post Israel News The unkindest cut of all Jerusalem Post Israel News Sharp needles, scalpels and other instruments can cause “sharps injuries,” leading to deadly viral infections through patient exposure to doctors' blood and doctor...
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CURRENT AND EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH) ISSUES IN THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR, INCLUDING HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE - SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK - EU-OSHA
 This report gives an overview of the current and emerging OSH issues for health- and social care workers and how these affect their safety and health at work and influence the quality of care they provide.
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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.

HEALTHCARE WORKER PROTECTIVE RESEARCH: IS FLUSHING THE TOILET HAZARDOUS?
NIOSH researcher Ken Mead talks about toilet plumes as an occupational hazard and the potential design interventions.
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ONE-THIRD OF U.S. CHILDREN HAVE NOT RECEIVED ALL RECOMMENDED CHILDHOOD VACCINES, STUDY FINDS
Approximately 34 percent of children in the United States do not receive all doses of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) by age 2, according to a new study by researchers at RTI Health Solutions, a...
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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.
 
NEEDLE STICK INJURIES: "A CULTURE OF SILENCE"
A short informative parody about a sustained needle stick injury with Doctor X. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/emergnedl.html.
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES
High-risk injuries from contaminated sharps pose an unparalleled risk to nurses. American Nurse Today
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NEEDLE-FREE BLOOD DRAW TECHNOLOGY TO BE TESTED AT UTAH HOSPITALS
Some Utah hospital patients can rest easy knowing that in the very near future they won't be pricked more than once for blood tests. A partnership between Intermountain Healthcare and San Francisco-based Velano Vascular is investigating new technology that could "reduce the pin-cushion effect," according to Velano co-founder Eric Stone.
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STAFF AND PATIENT SAFETY
Staff and Patient Safety - The Swiss Cheese Model of Accident Causation
Develop one safe culture for everone: staff and patients, provide forum to explore,debate and dicuss emerging ideas and evidence on the physical and ethical safety of staff and the consequences for patient safety
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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.
 
SHARPS SAFETY: ADVANCING THE AGENDA TO CURTAIL INJURIES AND EXPOSURES
Sharps Safety: Advancing the Agenda to Curtail Injuries and Exposures
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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.
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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
GROUPS PROTEST TRIALS WITH MEDICAL RESIDENTS WORKING 28 HOURS STRAIGHT
Two organizations are demanding an investigation into what they say are unethical clinical trials that have required medical residents around the country, including those at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, to work up to 28 hours or more at a time.
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HEALTHCARE WORKER PROTECTIVE RESEARCH: IS FLUSHING THE TOILET HAZARDOUS?
NIOSH researcher Ken Mead talks about toilet plumes as an occupational hazard and the potential design interventions.
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CURRENT AND EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH) ISSUES IN THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR, INCLUDING HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE - SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK
This report gives an overview of the current and emerging OSH issues for health- and social care workers and how these affect their safety and health at work and influence the quality of care they provide.
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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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