Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 27, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Medical student needlestick injuries
£555K PAID OUT TO NHS TAYSIDE STAFF FOLLOWING ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
The Tele can reveal that a total of £555,874 was paid to employees of the health board as a result of accidents or injury. The incidents — which included injuries involving scalpels and razor blades — happened at work between 2010 and 2015.
5 infection control questions to ask about eye protection in your hospital
As a healthcare manager, here are 5 questions you need to ask yourself to make sure your eyewear protection procedures are the best possible.
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
No mother-to-child HIV transmissions for first time, New York State reports
Despite advancements in HIV treatment, many states – including California – still criminalize the disease
Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk
Undetectable Viral Load!! Yes, I Have HIV. No, It’s Not Infectious.
UNAIDS: millions receiving HIV treatment globally through accelerated and focused response
More May Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada
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
Historic opportunity to cure veterans living with hepatitis
Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Denied to Almost Half of Medicaid Patients: Study
Treating Prisoners With Hepatitis C May Be Worth The Hefty Price
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
Do not believe what Museveni tells you, Besigye tells Ugandans
West Nile in WMass
Mosquito population, west Nile virus threat, fall in St. Tammany
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
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Governor pushes proposals at heroin task force meeting
Washougal sends three students to national substance abuse prevention conference
Williamstown: Panel to discuss youth substance abuse prevention
Holbrook group wins grant for substance-abuse prevention
UVa Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team challenges fourth-year-fifth 'concept'
Drug challenges facing youth addressed in conference
The two sides of drug abuse: The startling photos that show the ravaging effects of substance addiction
These photos, posed by models, are part of a project by a Bournemouth student 'to explore the superficial judgement of the same person before and after drug abuse'.
EBOLA
Ebola Fears Return to Liberia
Ebola update: Liberian teen dies, 1st fatality in months
Dispatches From Sierra Leone: Ebola’s Bittersweet Legacy
Fears in Liberia after new Ebola death
Ebola will always return unless we develop the tools to end it
Boy dies of Ebola in Liberia, first fatality in months
Puzzling Ebola Death Shows How Little We Know About The Virus
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.
Flu-Fighting Tips for Home and Work
With flu season approaching, parents may be bracing for an outbreak at their children's schools, but adults are also highly susceptible at work and in other public places. Now is the time for families and businesses to take steps to prevent and protect against the flu. 
IN THE NEWS
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING
ISIPS is grateful for the opportunity of working with so many wonderful organizations, clinicians and friends as we strive to be advocates for healthcare workers worldwide.  Thank you for you assistance in this endeavor!   Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
 
This edition of ISIPS is  coming out early so we can spend time with family this weekend.
OSHA ISSUES SAFETY VIOLATION NOTICE AGAINST VA FACILITY
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of safety violations against the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Virginia,
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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HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES STEALING DRUGS A GROWING PROBLEM, EXPERTS SAY
The tidal wave of prescription drug abuse is forcing health officials to reckon with the consequences when addiction enters the workplace.
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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.
 
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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TAMING HAPHAZARD DISPOSAL OF USED SYRINGES
IMPROPER waste disposal remains one of Zanzibar’s big environmental challenges despite improvement of the environmental law this year. Residents are complaining against inappropriate disposal of syringes used by intravenous drug users.  People living in Kundemba, Mpiga-duri, Mjikongwe, Miembeni, Jang’ombe and Kwahani, have raised their voices against the escalating improper disposal of used syringes by Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs). Parents say that children and stray animals are particularly at risk of contracting disease if pierced by the syringes left by IDUs.
 
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HIV AND AIDS UPDATE
A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are unaware of their condition.     – Early diagnosis and treatment significantly increases the chances of effective control of HIV, making transmission less likely and overall better for individual care.
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DAILY PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS FOR HIV INDICATED FOR 1.2 MILLION AMERICANS
The CDC in the US has issued a report saying that 1.2 million Americans qualify for pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis.
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BOSTON HOTEL WARNED TO TRAIN WORKERS AROUND CLEANUP OF MEDICAL GUESTS - BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL (BLOG)
Boston Business Journal (blog) Boston hotel warned to train workers around cleanup of medical guests Boston Business Journal (blog) Six months after employees at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill hotel said they faced safety hazards cleaning up after...
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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.

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE PRODUCES DRUG ABUSE DOCUMENTARY - NBC4 WASHINGTON
The Virginia Attorney General's Office has produced a documentary about the dangers of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
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PREVENTING SHARPS INJURIES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS: 15 YEARS AND COUNTING | MASS PUBLIC HEALTH BLOG
“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries.
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FIRST RESPONDERS TEAM UP FOR SAFE DISPOSAL OF NEEDLES
The Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Police Department and Frisbie Memorial Hospital are teaming up to rid the streets of discarded hypodermic needles,
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QLICKSMART BLADECASSETTE
Qlicksmart BladeCASSETTE provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. This single-handed scalpel blade remover is a passive (automatic) safety device, and therefore safer and more effective than active (manual) safety devices.
 
 
Qlicksmart BladeCASSETTE prevents the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing technique and dramatically reduces the risk of scalpel blade injuries in operating theatres. BladeCASSETTE complies with safety guidelines such as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
 
 
YOUR ROLE IN INFECTION CONTROL
As healthcare professionals we often wonder how much difference we truly make in the lives of our patients.
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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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