Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 18, 2015
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
How often do training residents experience needlestick and sharps injuries? 5 study findings
Massive hepatitis C infection in Korea caused by reused syringes
A total of 71 South Koreans are confirmed to have been infected with hepatitis C caused by reused syringes at a clinic in Seoul as of Friday, health authorities said.
Parents angry after needle-sticking incident at Philadelphia elementary school
Action News found parental outrage Thursday at a Philadelphia elementary school, two days after a second grader brought hypodermic needles to school with her.
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
Hulk Hogan Got Tricked Into Mistaking A British Pop Star For An HIV Patient
Super survivors: What those with HIV who don’t get sick can teach us
In pursuit of HIV vaccine, scientists shed light on antibody origins
To Defeat HIV -- We Must Do More for Women and Girls
Prince Harry follows in Diana’s footsteps visiting London HIV hospital
No mother-to-child HIV transmissions for first time in state
At least one thing isn’t being passed on from mother to child in New York State any more: HIV.
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.
Why It Matters: Report on hepatitis C outbreak at Singapore General Hospital
The Straits Times senior health correspondent Salma Khalik discusses with digital news editor Ernest Luis how thorough the Independent Review Committee's probe report was for the Hepatitis C cluster at Singapore General Hospital, what actions will be taken next, and the wider national implications for the public and healthcare professionals.
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
NIH gives SLU $2.2 Million to continue work on Hepatitis B cure
Public Health Experiment Brings Hepatitis Cures to Egypt’s Poor
New Cure For Hepatitis C Found
Correctional health collaborative to focus on substance abuse, hepatitis C
McGreevey: Transferring the lessons of HIV/AIDS to treatment of Hepatitis C | Opinion
New cure for hepatitis C discovered by Utah researchers
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
Concurrent outbreaks of St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile viruses reported in Arizona
Heal Officials: West Nile Virus remains active in the region
Public urged to take precautions against West Nile virus
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus Fast Facts
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Substance abuse task force green lights bills on fentanyl, drug education for quick passage
A drug epidemic that's plaguing the US workplace
America's painkiller epidemic grips the workplace
Shun hard drugs, Lagos commissioner tells youths
How to prevent underage drinking during the holiday season
California Expands Substance Abuse Treatment For Low-Income Residents
Drug prevention curriculum eyed for New Hampshire schools
EBOLA
Preparing for the zombie apocalpyse
Five medical stories that led the news in 2015
Preparing for the Next Ebola
Fresh Ebola Cases Damp Liberia Hopes of Eliminating Deadly Disease
They Helped Erase Ebola in Liberia. Now Liberia Is Erasing Them.
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!
 
This will be the last ISIPS Newsletter of the year.  We look forward to serving you in 2016!  We hope that you have a Merry Christmas and holiday season!
NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES SCOOP
Click on the link below and look at a variety of additional articles on sharps injury prevention, HIV, hepatitis, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and more
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STORIES FROM THE ER: REAL-LIFE SPLASHES INCIDENTS REPORTED AT ENA 2015
Contact with bodily fluids and chemical splashes are an everyday risk for nurses and healthcare workers.  Infection control precautions in the healthcare workplace are not complete without the right personal protective equipment (PPE).  To create a safe and healthy work environment for employees, employers can make sure they minimize occupational hazards like exposure to infectious agents with the appropriate tools like personal protective eyewear.
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VIEWPOINT: A NEEDLE STICK AND A LIFE LESSON
My needle stick wasn't my fault. The patient was calm, not intoxicated, collected, alert, and oriented. He had a laceration on his right upper eyelid, which needed just a few sutures. Maybe it could have been glued. He was sleepy and unkempt and had an old suitcase with him at the bedside. The triage nurse mentioned the police were waiting to talk to him. He was homeless and appeared to be in some kind of trouble.
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CDC - NIOSH - PPE CONCERNS?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) focuses expertise from many scientific disciplines to advance federal research on respirators and other personal protective...
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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.
 
CDC FLU UPDATE INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS REMAINS BELOW NATIONAL BASELINE
According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overall seasonal influenza activity is low across the...
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NEEDLESTICK INJURY COMPENSATION
An overwhelming number of employees especially in the health service have been recklessly exposed to number serious and potentially deadly illnesses including HIV, and Hepatitis C, whilst working with infected patients.  The risk comes from infection through injury to the finger or other parts of the body from a needlestick (syringe). 
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GLOBAL EXPERTS CALL FOR CRITICAL REFORMS TO PREVENT FUTURE PANDEMICS
An independent group of 19 experts from around the globe, convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the London School of Hygiene 
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PRIVATE HOSPITAL ROOMS CUT INFECTION, OFFSET BUILDING COSTS
In the war against infections, constructing single-patient rooms – rather than sick-bay style, multi-patient rooms – reduces hospital-acquired infections...
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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.

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.
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IMPERATIVES FOR STAYING OSHA-COMPLIANT IN THE HEALTHCARE LAUNDRY
This report illustrates a common violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards in the healthcare laundry environment, reviews
 
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NEW CASES OF HIV IN EUROPE REACH HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1980S
Overview of attention for article published in British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition), November 2015
 
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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 this cold and flu season. National Handwashing Awareness Week aims to “spread the word not germs” by promoting the importance of proper handwashing. To help promote proper hand-hygiene practices, consider the following...
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CONCURRENT SURGERIES SAVE TIME, BUT AT WHAT PRICE?
This practice is common and has been accepted for so long that it might be going on in your hospital, but only the surgical team knows about it. We’re talking about concurrent surgeries.
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QLICKSMART SNAPIT

QLICKSMART SnapIT
Qlicksmart SnapIT is a simply safer way to open glass ampoules, avoiding the unacceptable painful injuries which could be quite serious at times. This easy-to-use multi-use ampoule opener reduces the risk of sustaining a sharps injury by keeping hands out of harm’s way.


 

SnapIT is simple, safe and cost effective as it is reusable and comes in different sizes compatible with different ranges of ampoule sizes.

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PENBLADE - A VIDEO
The PenBlade Safety Scalpel has a retractable blade that activates like a click pen and retracts with a simple press of a button. The "Pen-Style" activation...
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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