Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 4, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
RedHawk to Acquire Needle Disintegrator(TM)
Education about effect of drugs and alcohol key to avoiding HIV infection
Tri-towns receive grant for medical waste disposal
1st Automatic for Safer and Faster Arterial Blood Gas Testing from Radiometer
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
Improving HIV patients’ lives while they are on ART
Scotland’s schools need to start talking about HIV
Helping women in the fight against HIV
Unlicensed Doctor Infected More Than 100 Cambodian Villagers With HIV
HIV/AIDS activists have a message for younger generation
Little known about children living with HIV-infected adults in Africa
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
Specialty Drugs Can Prove Expensive Even With Medicare Coverage
Free Hepatitis C testing being offered
VA Doctor Invented Hepatitis C Cure, Sold It For $400 Million Profit
Blame the System, not Gilead
The norms in hepatitis C outbreaks
New treatment could cut hepatitis prevalence by 80%, reveals study
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
Climate change spurs disease fears
Public Health, Precinct 3 collaborate data to prevent West Nile cases
West Nile Virus Fast Facts
Rising temperatures mean insects can carry viruses such as West Nile to wider areas
West Nile and EEE weren’t a problem in N.H. this year, but they haven’t gone away
Research: Chikungunya more problematic than West Nile virus
West Nile in WMass
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Releases Comprehensive Guide Aimed at Improving Addiction Prevention and Treatment
Global Substance Abuse Treatment Market Is Segmented Into Alcohol, Drug Abuse Therapeutics, and Nicotine Dependence Therapeutics
Idaho, advocates fight against opioid addiction
Talk to youth about drugs ‘early and often’
Peru Joins 38 Countries Worldwide Using U.S. Drug Abuse Prevention Program
Tewksbury Substance Use Prevention and Education Week Contest Winners
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Reaches Out to Small Communities
Substance abuse in adolescents: Detection, treatment, prevention
EBOLA
Wife of another Ebola survivor delivered of a baby
Ebola cases flare up in Liberia
New funding for Ebola hides an ongoing decline
Ebola cases reappear in Liberia, Guinea
Tulane Ebola researcher is named Foreign Policy Global Thinker
IN THE NEWS
14TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
December marks the 14th Annual International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month.  Each year ISIPS commerates this activity with additional articles and activities based on the prevention of needlestick or other sharps injuries.
 
What is your facility doing to promote sharps safety?  Have you updated your exposure control plan?  Has the sharps safety committee reviewed new technologies?
 
Let us know what you are working on!
RUSSIA'S HIV SITUATION 'EPIDEMIC'
Russia's HIV infection rates have become epidemic, spreading to citizens beyond at risk groups, the head of Rospotrebnadzor's epidemiology supervision department in St. Petersburg, Irina Chkhindzheriya said.
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SLIDE SHOW: 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS
This slide show presents details from the World Health Organization (WHO) on AIDS prevention efforts in recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2015.
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NHS TAYSIDE STAFF COMPENSATION EXCEEDS £500,000 IN FIVE YEARS
More than £500,000 has been paid out in compensation to NHS Tayside staff in the past five years as a result of accidents or injury.  The incidents included almost 200 injuries involving scalpels and razor blades between 2010 and 2015.
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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.
 
NURSE EMBRACES LIFE AFTER EBOLA
Nina Pham has become an advocate for front-line health care workers but is also seeking something more.
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RISE IN HIV AMONG CHINA'S YOUTH DRAWS ATTENTION FOR WORLD AIDS DAY - NEW YORK TIMES
Sexual transmission accounts for more than 92 percent of all new infections, more in line with international norms, figures show.
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HIV MYTHS DEBUNKED BY THE EXPERTS - CNN.COM
HIV has killed around 39 million people to date, but making it more dangerous are the myths, misunderstandings and stigmas that surround it.
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CLOSING THE LOOP ON AN HIV ESCAPE MECHANISM
Nearly 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV. When the virus destroys so many immune cells that the body can't fight off infection, AIDS will develop. The disease took the lives of more than a million people last 
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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.

ICU CLINICAL WORKSTATIONS MAY BE AN OVERLOOKED RESERVOIR FOR BACTERIA
Clinical workstations within hospital intensive care units (ICUs) may get overlooked during routine cleanings and could therefore harbor more dangerous bacteria than regularly cleaned objects in patient areas, according to a 
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STIGMA AND COST MAKING HOSPITALS WARY OF CARING FOR EBOLA PATIENTS
U.S. officials trying to set up a network of hospitals in this country to care for Ebola patients are running into reluctance from facilities worried about steep costs, unwanted attention and the possibility of scaring away other patients.
 
“They’re saying, ‘Look, we might be willing to do this, but we don’t want to be called an Ebola hospital. We don’t want people to be cancelling appointments left and right,’ ” said Michael Bell, director of laboratory safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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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.
 
 
HEALTH CARE HAZMATS: THERE'S MORE ON SITE THAN JUST BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
Health care employees and emergency first responders are taught to understand the importance of universal precautions and how to apply them to a variety of situations. These lessons, backed by a facility's plans, procedures, and protocols, help to prevent employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens and keep employees safe. But bloodborne pathogens aren't the only hazardous materials that health care employees face. Cleaning and sanitizing products, preservatives, and even some pharmaceutical medications are among the harmful materials that health care employees may face each day
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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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