Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 8, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
51 injuries caused in or by ambulances
Corporate Flu Clinics Offering PharmaJet® Needle-Free Flu Shots
Southport family faces anxious wait to clear daughter of diseases
Cal/OSHA Cites Hospital for Exposing Employees to Serious Injuries, Including Sharps
Cal/OSHA has cited Dignity Health, operator of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, for safety and health violations that exposed the hospital’s 1,700 employees to hazards. These include failure to record information in 18 cases where hospital workers were stuck with needles, and failure to provide closeable containers in emergency rooms that would keep biohazard waste from spilling out.
Cues, Scents Can Help Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance
A picture of a man’s intense staring eyes and a clean citrusy smell have been found to substantially improve handwashing and so cut the risk of hospital infections, according to a new study. According to the latest research effective hand hygiene is the single most important procedure in preventing hospital acquired infections, which can lead to disease and even death for vulnerable patients and increase costs for the healthcare system. Yet the number of staff washing hands is often startlingly low in clinical environments.
Member of the public injured by needle as he tried to save man who died in Dorking KFC
A MEMBER of the public performed CPR on the man who died in Dorking's KFC on Monday, but he was injured by a needle as he did so. Surrey Police officers, along with firefighters and paramedics, were called to the High Street eatery at around 9.50pm following reports of a concern for safety.
Nottinghamshire's medics suffer 1,000 physical and verbal attacks over four years
Doctors, paramedics and other medical workers were subjected to more than 1,000 cases of physical and verbal abuse over the past four years. Staff at Nottingham's hospitals and those working for the region's ambulances suffered bites, bruises and fractures – and some were even throttled – as they tried to treat patients. Others were diagnosed with stress because of the trauma.
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
HIV deaths feared as Manila cuts funding on contraception
Carey to study HIV stress, barriers
No more excuses. We have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Charlie Sheen predicted HIV diagnosis in dream
HIV campaign targets trans New Yorkers
It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV
Disparity lies at intersection of HIV, Hodgkin lymphoma
HIV positive homeless man sent to prison after SPITTING into mouth of charity worker
An HIV positive homeless man who spat into the mouth of a charity worker who was helping rough sleepers in the city centre has been jailed.
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
A Pill That Cures Hepatitis Costs Just $4, but If You Live in America It's $1,000
Hepatitis C: The silent infection among us
More hepatitis C cases identified after McKay-Dee, Davis hospital exposures
Hepatitis B fight: Parliament pushes for increased funding
J&J signs deal with Chinese company for hepatitis B drug
Hepatitis C Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson’s
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
Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses
Oregon Zoo staff infected by TB after exposure to elephants
West Nile not just a disease of low-lying and coastal areas of Texas
West Nile Virus Gets Boost from US Drought
West Nile cases surging in state, Bay Area
West Nile returns to NJ, along with concern about new mosquito-borne illness
West Nile virus is making a comeback
Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor
West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S.
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Athletes, Painkillers And Drug Abuse: Brick Program For Parents Addresses Issues
Tim Kaine invites drug addiction prevention advocate to State of the Union
In Key Senate Races, Drug Use Tops Voters' Concerns
Education aimed at substance abuse prevention, awareness
EBOLA
World Health Organization declares the nation of Guinea free of Ebola transmissions
No Results Yet In San Diego Ebola Drug Trial
Ebola survivors recount journey to parenthood
Can we treat Ebola with plasma? The results are in
Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children
California ends Ebola monitoring of travelers returning from West Africa
Ebola Blood Treatment Doesn't Help, Study Finds
IN THE NEWS
REVIEW OF SAFETY ENGINEERED INJECTION DEVICES
Occupational sharps injuries are associated with transmission of bloodborne viruses to healthcare workers, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Similarly reuse of syringes in healthcare settings might transmit these infections between patients. The objective of this study was to systematically review the evidence about the effects of the use by health care workers of two types of safety engineered injection devices, when delivering intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intradermal injectable medications: sharps injury protection syringes and reuse prevention syringes.
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RESPONSE FROM JOEL SCHOENFELD CONCERNING SAFE INJECTION POLICY
Joel was one of the early manufacturers of syringes with reuse prevention features for immunization programs."I am very happy to see the new safety policy that WHO and SIGN are promoting. However, I ask WHY?"
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JEFFREY CLARK AND DAVID HARARI: DOCTORS WORKING DANGEROUSLY LONG SHIFTS
In 1989, Sidney Zion famously wrote this about staffing practices at U.S. hospitals: “You don’t need kindergarten to know that a resident working a 36-hour shift is in no condition to make any kind of judgment call — forget about life-and-death.”
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VA HOSPITAL MAY HAVE INFECTED 1,800 VETERANS WITH HIV
A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.
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MORE PEOPLE TEST POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS C AFTER EXPOSURE AT OGDEN HOSPITAL
Two months after the Utah Department of Health launched its initial investigation, more people are testing positive for Hepatitis C.
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MANAGING THE RISKS OF SHARPS INJURIES - NHS EMPLOYERS
Sharps injuries are a well-known risk to workers in healthcare, this guide has been developed by the HSWPG to help individuals understand and manage the risks from sharps injuries.
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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.

RISK FACTORS FOR AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES OF DOCTORS IN OPERATING ROOMS: A STUDY FOCUSING ON SURGERIES USING GENERAL ANESTHESIA AT KURUME UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, JAPAN
Healthcare workers are exposed to serious infectious diseases via needlestick and sharps injuries. The operating room is a particularly important environment in which the risk for needlestick injuries is increased for surgical doctors. According to national surveillance studies, the proportion of needlestick and sharps injuries in operating rooms has been increasing for unknown reasons.
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HEPATITIS C VIRUS STILL UNACCEPTABLY HIGH RISK FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
A recently published study describes that the prevalence of occupational hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is higher than the general population.  This study provides insights into the risk associated with virus acquisition from other surveillance systems that quantify needlestick and other blood and body fluid exposure incidents among the healthcare workforce.
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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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SLIDE SHOW: CDC'S TOP ISSUES FOR 2016
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continued to work in the U.S. and globally to end infectious disease threats. By stopping disease where it starts, and by strengthening public health systems around the world, it helped keep Americans safer. Here’s a look at a few of the threats that kept CDC personnel up at night in 2015 and will keep the agency busy in 2016.
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2016 OUTLOOK: THE INFECTION PREVENTION IMPERATIVES
Infection preventionists (IPs) continue to be consumed with keeping up with evolving infection prevention imperatives, according to an online survey conducted by ICT that asked respondents what they believed were the most important issues facing the entire infection prevention and hospital epidemiology community in 2016. Other top issues on their minds for the new year included addressing antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance, advancing quality improvement and patient safety, addressing emerging pathogens and infectious diseases, and evolving the evidence base to answer unresolved issues.
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CAL/OSHA CITES NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOR EXPOSING EMPLOYEES TO SERIOUS INJURIES, INCLUDING SHARPS VIOLATIONS
Cal/OSHA has cited Dignity Health, operator of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, for safety and health violations that exposed the hospital’s 1,700 employees to hazards. These include failure to record information in 18 cases where hospital workers were stuck with needles, and failure to provide closeable containers in emergency rooms that would keep biohazard waste from spilling out.
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SHARPSSENTINEL WALL CABINET SYSTEM
 

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The SharpSentinel™ Wall Cabinet System secure sharps containers in a sturdy locked enclosure. SharpSentinel™ wall cabinets are perfect for use in patient rooms, exam rooms, physician and dentist offices, and any other areas where staff supervision is limited. Designed to protect staff from accidental needlesticks, this new system complies with all OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and JCAHO requirements.
 

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For more information, contact Bemis Health Care Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
HCW LINK NEEDLESTICKS TO EXCESSIVE WORKLOADS, CARELESSNESS
Health care workers who sustained needlestick injuries while at work reported feeling anxious, angry and guilty after the incident and attributed their injuries to excessive workloads, according to recent findings.  “A [needlestick injury (NSI)] exposes health care workers to patient blood or body fluids and increases the risk of infection with bloodborne viral pathogens, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV,” Jae Sim Jeong, RN, MPH, PhD, from the department of nursing at the University of Ulsan, South Korea, and colleagues wrote. “In addition to physical risk of NSI, employees who have experienced NSI show significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety than those who have not had an NSI.
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ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK EXPOSURES LINKED TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF LOCAL ANESTHESIA BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandates that all Massachusetts hospitals maintain an active log to track sharps injuries due to the health risks related to such injuries. These logs are used to guide continuous quality improvement activities aimed at preventing sharps injuries. A review of sharps injuries at UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) in 2013 showed a seemingly high incidence occurring among healthcare workers who were administering local anesthesia. We undertook an investigation of the relative rate of needlesticks associated with local anesthesia administration compared to the rate of all sharps injuries over a 10-year period.
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STANDARDIZED ALTERNATIVE TO HOME LAUNDERING TO REDUCE SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS
Home laundering of surgical attire, with no specific recommendations or guidelines, is an "insufficient" alternative to laundering provided by a healthcare-accredited commercial facility, says a new report published in Periop Briefing, a publication of AORN Journal.
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INJECTION SAFETY POLICY AND GLOBAL CAMPAIGN
All of us, at some point in our lives, will have an injection to retain or restore good health. But sometimes injections that are intended to promote health do the opposite. This happens when they are given in an unsafe way - using the same needle or syringe to give injections to more than one person. Practices like this can lead to the transmission of life-threatening infections.
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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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