Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 11, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
How often do training residents experience needlestick and sharps injuries? 5 study findings
Needlestick injuries most common in first six months of residency
Are Clinical Trials Resulting in 28-Hour Shifts for Medical Residents Putting Patients and Doctors at Risk?
Are new trials that double the length of shifts worked by medical residents intentionally placing patient’s lives as risk?Public Citizen and the American Medical Student Association are calling on federal regulators to investigate and immediately stop research trials that will result in shifts as long as 28 hours for medical residents and that could put patients at higher risk of death.
Viewpoint: A Needle Stick and a Life Lesson
We spend countless hours planning and prepping for procedures for our patients, and we may not want to believe in the foreboding list of problems that accompany the decision to consent for treatment. That may even include dangers to the practitioner, including the dreaded risk of exposure.  We weigh the pros and the cons of the procedure with the patient and go all in, hoping the procedure will go exactly as planned. But what happens if it doesn't? What happens when we do it wrong, rushed, or carelessly? More importantly, what if we do it right and something still complicates matters? The answer to these questions can only come with experience, a calm mental state, proper training, and a religious best-practice approach every time.
Are retail healthcare clinics held to the same liability standards as a doctor's office?
Welcome to Healthcare Matters, an internet television program that explores the intersection of medicine and the law with an emphasis on medical malpractice insurance and risk management. Host Michael Matray, editor of Medical Liability Monitor, interviews guests from the healthcare and legal communities on issues such as tort reform, significant malpractice judgments and emerging legal trends in medical professional liability.
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
Uganda: Violence Against Women Is Both Cause and Consequence of HIV Transmission
World Health Organization promotes expansion of antiretroviral therapy treatments to HIV patients
Government restores funding for HIV-AIDS program
TB sidetracked in the fight against HIV epidemic in Malawi
Combating HIV/AIDS in Africa – The Hypocrisy Approach
Elton John AIDS Foundation Calls For More Education and Awareness on HIV
AIDS: Getting to zero new HIV infections
Zimbabwe children still at great risk of HIV/AIDS, new data shows
Why HIV Rates are Soaring in Russia | UN Dispatch
 
Russia is very close to its millionth registered HIV infection; 986,657 people have been registered as infected.
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
In The Aftermath Of The Floods, Disease Prevention Is The Need Of The Hour For Chennai
Baruch S. Blumberg Institute honors six scientists, including two from Bucks County, for life-saving research
Hepatitis C outbreak: Was complacency the root cause?
Hepatitis C: Before the next outbreak threatens
Hepatitis C: Enact positive change for the long term
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 Fast Facts
Rising temperatures mean insects can carry viruses such as West Nile to wider areas
West Nile Virus Gets Boost from US Drought
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
How to prevent underage drinking during the holiday season
Rx Drug Abuse at Work
Prescription Drug Abuse Impacts 80 Percent Of Indiana Workplaces, Says National Safety Council Poll
Partnership 'Connects The Dots' on Serious Drug Concerns
Primary Drug Abuse Prevention - An Unappreciated Necessity
Woman lauded for commitment to substance abuse prevention
Drug Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Reaches Out to Small Communities
EBOLA
Liberia: Post Ebola County Meets On in Five Cities
Liberia: Ebola Spread Through Single Source
Sierra Leone: Head of UK’s anti-Ebola team bids farewell
Scientists have performed the first full-scale genome analysis of the Ebola virus
We’ve learnt many lessons from this outbreak and from the response – Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on Ebola
Helping erase Ebola in Liberia
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!
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.
 
 
OSHA FINES WYNDHAM HOTEL OVER SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Federal workplace safety officials have fined the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill $12,000 following an investigation into housekeepers’ claims that they were cleaning up medical waste from patients staying at nearby Massachusetts General Hospital.. The citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which the Wyndham can contest, stated that the hotel failed to adequately protect workers from “biological hazards such as body fluids found on linens and towels,” and “physical hazards such as lacerations and puncture wounds from contact with used needles and other sharps devices.”
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TRAINING VIDEO OFFERS BEST PRACTICES FOR HANDLING SOILED LINEN TO CONTROL INFECTIONS, REDUCE WASTE
TRSA, a global textile services trade association, today released a 13-minute best practices training video - The 6C’s: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment - developed specially for nurses, environmental services personnel, housekeepers and others that may contact soiled linen in a healthcare environment. The six easy-to-follow steps aid infection control, enhance patient care and reduce costs at hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and other medical facilities.
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CINTAS CORPORATION OFFERS HAND HYGIENE TIPS FOR NATIONAL HANDWASHING AWARENESS WEEK
In honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 6-12, 2015), Cintas Corporation offers four handwashing tips to help maintain a healthier workplace
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STATE OF AFFAIRS: HEROIN, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVALENT, BUT DOWN IN UTAH
Heroin has made a strong comeback in the past few years in Utah, as it has everywhere in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control reports that heroin overdose deaths have quadrupled in our country in the past decade. This appears to be due at least in part to the converting of prescription painkiller addiction to heroin. Utah is at a moderate level of risk at 86 prescriptions per 100 people. Pills like Oxycontin can go for $25-$50 a pill on the streets of America, when heroin can go for as low as $10-$15.
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HOSPITAL SAFETY CULTURE IS CRITICAL IN IMPROVING SURGICAL RESULTS
To achieve better results for surgical patients, hospitals tend to focus on technical issues like surgeons’ skills and operating room equipment.  However, a non-technical factor, the so-called “safety culture,” may be equally important in delivering high-quality patient care, a team of investigators report in a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in advance of print publication. 
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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.
 
COMPENSATION SYSTEM FOR VACCINE INJURIES NEEDED FOR DISEASES SUCH AS EBOLA, POLICY EXPERTS SAY
As one part of a comprehensive plan to promote vaccine development for diseases of poverty, such as Ebola, there needs to be a plan to lessen the risks of litigation and liability and ensure recipients of vaccines are fairly compensated in the rare instances that they are harmed. A compensation system for vaccine injuries, based on no-fault principles and, most likely, overseen by the World Bank, could represent a solution to this problem argue Amir Attaran and Kumanan Wilson of the University of Ottawa in a Policy Forum article published this week in PLOS Medicine.
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LESS THAN HALF OF U.S. HOSPITALS REQUIRE FLU SHOTS FOR STAFF
Within weeks, flu will start spreading across North America, sickening millions of people. It will hit people with health problems and weak immune systems hardest, and may kill tens of thousands of them. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their patients. But a new study finds that more than half of hospitals still don't require their doctors, nurses and other health care providers to get vaccinated against the flu -- despite the fact that they're in contact with the people most vulnerable to flu every day.
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CAL/OSHA CITES HOSPITAL CHAIN, WELL SERVICES COMPANY
Cal/OSHA has cited Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Vallejo, Calif., with penalties totaling $149,900 for exposing workers to injury and infection from used needles at a collection box for biomedical waste. At least three custodial employees have been stuck by needles while attempting to empty the box, which frequently overflowed and prevented the lid from closing properly, according to the agency, which reported all three employees have been treated. The first injury occurred in 2013 and the other two in 2015.
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A SAFETY CULTURE IMPACTS PATIENTS OUTCOMES
A hospital's culture of safety plays as big a role in improving surgical outcomes and patient care quality as its surgeons' skills or its OR equipment do, but it's often overlooked in favor of these technical factors, say researchers.
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PATTERNS OF NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES AMONG TRAINING RESIDENTS
Patterns of Needlestick and Sharps Injuries Among Training Residents
This observational study analyzes the incidence of needlestick and sharps injuries reported by medical residents between January 2000 and June 2014 trained at a US hospital.
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I DAILY RISK DIRTY NEEDLE STICKS, ASSAULTS, AND BEING SUED. NOW TELL ME AGAIN WHY YOU SHOULD GET PAID MORE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE'S FRIES ARE GOLDEN BROWN?
CARTOON ABOUT NEEDLESTICKS
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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.

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: NHS TRUSTS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH RULES
The study from research organisation MindMetre has suggested that many NHS trusts are flouting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, which explicitly recommend that trusts should adopt sharps that incorporate safety mechanisms “where it is reasonably practicable to do so”.
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BOY STICKS CLASSMATES WITH NEEDLE: OFFICIALS
A police investigation is underway after officials say a student stuck his classmates with a needle at a Philadelphia elementary school Tuesday morning.
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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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