Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 15, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
51 injuries caused in or by ambulances
Needles in recycling could cost Tewkesbury Borough Council £222,500 this year
Tewkesbury Borough Council is set to spend £222,500 this year on sorting recycling that has been contaminated by needles. In the past 12 months, the authority says there have been more than 30...
Needle Stick Injuries: "A Culture of Silence"
A short informative parody about a sustained needle stick injury with Doctor X.
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
Man charged with not revealing HIV
Charlie Sheen Joins Dr. Oz In Battling HIV — And Passes On Getting A Paycheck!
Homelessness and HIV/AIDS
Evidence-Based Recommendations for Improving the HIV Care Continuum: A Toolkit for Ending the AIDS Epidemic
Charlie Sheen Will Appear on Dr. Oz Again to Talk About What He's Learning About HIV, His Rep Says
Here’s Why Some People Go Off Their HIV Meds and Why That’s a Really Bad Idea
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
HIV, hepatitis, syphilis testing offered
Low Percentage of Patients Screened for Hepatitis C at Community Health Centers
Why hepatitis E kills so many pregnant women
Cheaper Hepatitis C treatments in Malaysia?
Hepatitis/HIV testing offered for area residents in Espanola next week
Utah fears thousands infected in hepatitis C outbreak after exposure to hospital nurse
Investigation finds more cases of hepatitis C at McKay-Dee, Davis hospitals
The Utah Department of Health has identified more patients exposed to hepatitis C in the investigation of McKay-Dee and Davis hospitals.
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
CDC weighing alert for pregnant women traveling to Brazil, neighboring countries
Don't they ever stop migrating?
Zika Virus: Five Things You Need to Know
Virus Linked to Birth Defects Requires Action, Doctors Say
Why You Can Get So Many Diseases from Mosquitoes
West Nile virus taking a toll on birds
West Nile returns to NJ, along with concern about new mosquito-borne illness
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Hingham Drug Coalition invites community participation
Heroin addiction rare among painkiller abusers
Marin Voice: Progress in dealing with teens and alcohol and drug abuse
How local schools look to prevent drug and alcohol addiction
Hennepin Co. Sheriff’s Office Hosts Drug Abuse Prevention Conversations
Treatment and prevention: Paying attention to addiction: Guest viewpoint
The new 'Just say no to drugs'
NJ Teens invited to promote drug abuse prevention with original music
EBOLA
New Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after outbreak declared over
How do we know when Ebola outbreak is truly over?
New Ebola death crushes victory celebration
Ebola Orphans In Liberia Rebuild Lives With New Families
New Ebola case emerges in Sierra Leone 1 day after Africa outbreak declared over
WHO confirms new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, one day after announcing end of outbreak
IN THE NEWS
NEEDLE-STICK GUIDELINE: BACKGROUND, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY
Concern regarding the management of occupational exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was heightened when it was realized that HIV is transmitted by body fluids.
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NO MORE MULTIPLE NEEDLE STICKS: IVS NOW EASIER ON KIDS (AND ADULTS TOO)
Your child needs an IV. These are dreaded words. Not only because you want your child to be healthy, but because you know this will be upsetting. IV placement is a leading cause of pediatric pain. And let’s be honest, getting an IV isn’t pleasant no matter how old you are. Fortunately, there’s a medical device that makes getting stuck with a needle much easier for everyone — nurses, patients and parents alike.
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STUDY OF ALTRUISM DURING THE EBOLA OUTBREAK SUGGESTS GOOD INTENTIONS ARE IN THE DETAILS
A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention among the U.S. public. Results of the study by Janet Yang, a University at Buffalo expert on the communication of risk information related to science, health and environmental issues, suggest that holding a collective, communitarian belief system contributed to altruistic behavior, while those who hold more individualistic values are less likely to be altruistic regardless of how much risk is triggered.
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NEW EBOLA CASE IN SIERRA LEONE. WHO CONTINUES TO STRESS RISK OF MORE FLARE-UPS WHO STATEMENT
A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, reflecting the ongoing risk of new flare-ups of the virus in the Ebola-affected countries. The Sierra Leone government acted rapidly to respond to this new case. Through the country’s new emergency operations centre, a joint team of local authorities, WHO and partners are investigating the origin of the case, identifying contacts and initiating control measures to prevent further transmission.
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WHO DECLARES CHAINS OF EBOLA TRANSMISSION IN WEST AFRICA HAVE BEEN BROKEN
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But WHO says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come.
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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.
 
HAND HYGIENE PROGRAMS IN OUTPATIENT SETTINGS
Infection prevention and hand hygiene are not always top-of-mind in outpatient settings, which are generally considered to be “low risk.” However, this could not be further from the truth. This webinar will review the minimum standards for safe care in outpatient settings, describe why hand hygiene is so critical and review the elements of a multi-modal approach for a hand hygiene program in an outpatient setting with practical examples and tips.
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IDEAS THAT WORK: SHARPS SAFETY
Reuse orange mats to let SPD staff know there are sharps in the tray. Use this Idea That Works from San Jose, California.
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A SAFETY CULTURE IMPACTS PATIENTS OUTCOMES
A safety culture impacts patients outcomes. The organizational culture matters as much as surgical skill and technology.
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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.

EYES AND CITRUS SMELL COULD HELP CUT HOSPITAL INFECTIONS
A picture of a man’s intense staring eyes and a clean citrusy smell have been found to substantially improve hand-washing and so cut the risk of hospital infections, according to a new study.
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NO MORE MULTIPLE NEEDLE STICKS: IVS NOW EASIER ON KIDS (AND ADULTS TOO)
Learn about a technology that makes getting an IV easier.
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UTAH FEARS THOUSANDS INFECTED IN HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK AFTER EXPOSURE TO HOSPITAL NURSE
More than 7,000 patients at a Utah hospital were potentially exposed to an “outbreak” of hepatitis C after coming into contact with an infected former nurse – But less than half have come in for free testing to find out if they have the disease.
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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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THE DEADLY "SINS" OF VACCINATIONS: AVOIDING BLOODBORNE DISEASES
Pharmacists can now administer all vaccines in 45 states, 27 of which impose no patient age restrictions. In addition, during the 2014-2015 flu season, American retail pharmacists administered 25% of adult and 5% of pediatric flu vaccines of the 147 million doses administered nationwide.
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BRING BACK ANTITRUST
Despite low inflation and some bargain prices, economic concentration and novel abuses of market power are pervasive in today's economy—harming consumers, workers, and innovators. We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era. 
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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