Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 22, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
What’s the holdup?
Investigate Limpopo medical-waste removal: DA
Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children
Training Tijuana Cops To Avoid HIV Infections From Needle-Sticks
In the Tijuana neighborhood known as La Zona Norte, you don’t have to look very hard to find people using drugs.  On the sidewalk of a busy street, a man uses a needle to inject himself in the neck. Around the corner, in the middle of a pile of garbage, another man shoots up.  Used syringes are everywhere.
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
Opt-out HIV screening choice increases testing rates
Seizing the Opportunity to “End the Scourge of HIV/AIDS
As HIV patients live longer, updated guide helps patients navigate new territory
HIV cases in Russia pass the one million mark
Tinder now helps you locate the nearest STD, HIV testing clinic
Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions
At-Risk Teens Aren't Getting HIV Tests, CDC Says
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
Recurrence of Hepatitis C after Treatment Studied
Treatment of HCV in Patients With Advanced Renal Disease
Improper disinfection procedures may have exposed 293 Baystate Noble patients to hepatitis, HIV
Age-related response to the hepatitis B vaccine linked to inflammation
Sub-license for Hepatitis C drug beneficial for patients: Cipla
Baby boomers and hepatitis C epidemic
Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment
A new approach tested in Egypt could become theblueprint for providing cutting-edge medicines to the poor.
Sindh has 3m hepatitis carriers, CM told
KARACHI: A recent official survey shows that around three million hepatitis carriers are in the province who include...
Fewer Than 1 in 5 Nurses Comply With Guidelines for Standard Precautions
Only 17.4 percent of ambulatory care nurses reported compliance in all nine standard precautions for infection prevention, according to a study published in the January 2016 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Problems with 80% of active nurses
Researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System) conducted a study of 116 ambulatory care nurses to measure self-reported compliance with standard precautions, knowledge of hepatitis C virus (HCV), and behavioral factors influencing compliance
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
Fast-spreading virus prompts CDC travel alert for region including Mexico and Puerto Rico
What is Zika virus disease and how is it treated
Zika virus may be linked to surge in rare syndrome in Brazil
How to keep away mosquitoes carrying Zika, dengue
Zika virus: its effects, how it is spread, and the possible threat to women
REGION: State, Riverside County hit epidemic West Nile levels
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
State Sen. Eric Lesser, Western Massachsetts law enforcement officials discuss efforts to address opioid abuse
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant still needed, despite Medicaid expansion
National drug institute helps local school districts
For 'Prescription Thugs' filmmaker, drug abuse hit close to home
Prescription drug abuse affects 80% of workplaces; big problem for employers, says survey
Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Debunking the Myths: Part I
With substance abuse, prevention education has to start at early age
NJ Teens invited to promote drug abuse prevention with original music
EBOLA
Inadequate Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria Among Travelers Returning from Africa During the Ebola Epidemic — United States, 2014–2015
Charity Buys Experimental Ebola Vaccine From Merck
Ebola: 1 death recorded in Sierra Leone
WHO Declares Liberia Ebola-Free, Marks End Of Worst Outbreak Of Disease
Ebola Re-emerges In Sierra Leone
Antibodies from Ebola survivors may lead to better treatment
Shaken by Ebola setback, Sierra Leone probes health system's readiness
Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic believed over
Ebola Vaccine Deal Will Allow Funder To Begin Stockpiling The Drug
WHO confirms second new Ebola case in Sierra Leone
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
IN THE NEWS
LAX NEEDLESTICK REPORTING, DISPOSAL LEAD TO FINES FOR HOSPITAL
California regulators have cited and fined a San Francisco-based health care provider $44,125 for exposing its employees to bloodborne pathogens hazards.The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited Dignity Health, operator of...
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PAINLESS ELECTRICAL ZAPS MAY REPLACE DENTAL ANESTHESIA NEEDLES
As much as some people fear getting dental fillings or root canals, what many of them are really afraid of is the needle that delivers the anesthetic into the mouth tissue.
 
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Predominantly a health care-related risk, needlestick and sharps injuries are serious. NIOSH states that these types of injuries occur when a worker comes in contact with a contaminated needle, scalpel or other sharps.
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Needlestick injuries within the waste and recycle...
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IMPROVING THEIR AIM: DEVICES HELP AVOID MULTIPLE NEEDLE STICKS
One of the most unpleasant parts of visiting a medical facility is the inevitable needle in the arm, which can be even more unpleasant if the nurse has trouble finding a vein.
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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 JC
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For more information, contact Bemis Health Care 

Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
RISK OF NEEDLESTICK INJURY FROM INJECTING NEEDLES
A new law to protect workers from needlestick injury is being implemented, but many trusts misunderstand which needles pose the greatest risk.
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THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN ...OR YOUR COWORKER’S
Needlestick and sharps injuries are 100% avoidable. Such injuries can lead to serious – if not fatal – life threatening infections. As a nurse, you should be aware that you are at high risk and...
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SAFETY HYPODERMIC NEEDLE PREVENTS NEEDLESTICK INJURY
A new range of intuitive hypodermic needles provide an integrated safety solution to help eliminate needlestick injuries. The VACUETTE CLIX Safety Hypodermic Needle is a versatile product that comes with a wide range of needle thicknesses and lengths, all easily distinguishable from each other thanks to their color-coded shields. 
REPORT: 4 YEAR OLD HAS CORRALITOS NEEDLE STICK INJURY
Take Back Santa Cruz’s Needles Solutions Team says an eighth person - the fourth child - has been stuck with a needle left in public.  A vigilant civic group intent on alerting the public to the dangers of local hypodermic waste said Saturday a 4 year old girl has been stuck with a needle left in a public place in Santa Cruz County. Take Back Santa Cruz says the girl was poked with an old syringe she found while playing in Aldridge Park in Corralitos.
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NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN ON SAFE DISPOSAL OF SYRINGES
INDIA:  Health experts across the country have decided to launch a nationwide drive to prevent the needle-stick injuries caused by unsafe disposal of insulin syringes and pen needles by diabetics. The decision was taken following recent surveys stating that most of the syringes and pen needles used for insulin and immunisation are disposed off in an unsafe manner, leading to needle-stick injuries.
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MEDICAL WASTE DUMPED NEAR SUDDERTH DRIVE AND U.S, 70
Solid waste officials report new illegal dumping of medical waste, including hypodermic needles. The problem has occurred previously and poses a danger
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MOTHER STEPS ON NEEDLE AT SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND BEACH
A mother faces an anxious wait for the results of medical tests after stepping on a discarded hypodermic needle at a southeast Queensland beach.
The woman, aged in her 40s, stood on the needle on Sunday afternoon while at Burleigh Heads beach with her husband and children, who were working as volunteer lifesavers.
She was taken to hospital for blood tests but may not know the results for months.
It is the second needle-related accident in the area in three weeks after a four-year-old girl trod on one at nearby Currumbin beach late last year.
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TRAINEE LIFE: A GAUNTLET OF NEEDLESTICKS AND EHRS-HOURS OF SCREEN TIME AND LEFT INDEX FINGER JABS ARE COMMON FEATURES
Two new analyses of trainee behavior confirm that internship and residency is no picnic, especially early on.  More than half of all needlestick and sharps injuries among trainees occurred in their first 6 months on the job, according to 15 years of data from one health system -- and nearly two-thirds of the total sticks were in dental and ob/gyn trainees.
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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.

THE ‘NIGHTMARISH’ BOSTON HOTEL WHERE WORKERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH VOMIT, BLOOD-SOAKED CARPETS, NEEDLES
On June 25, workers at Boston’s Wyndham Beacon Hill took to the streets to protest unsafe working conditions, the culmination of an escalating fight over biohazards at the hotel. They charge that they’re routinely exposed to medical waste that endangers them, while the hotel insists this is not the case. The fight over working conditions at the Wyndham highlights the myriad dangers hotel workers say they face on the job—some of which could be seriously detrimental to their health.
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OSHA FINDS $12,000 WORTH OF CITATIONS AT HOTEL WHERE WORKERS REPORT BIOHAZARDS
In May, a worker complaint triggered an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into conditions at the hotel-including, say workers , issues like carpets so soaked in blood that they squelched underfoot, linens soiled in...
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HISTORICAL PATHOGENS SURVIVED FOR MORE THAN FOUR CENTURIES IN EUROPE
Black Death, a mid-14th century plague, is undoubtedly the most famous historical pandemic. Within only five years it killed 30-50% of the European
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HOSPITALS TOO OFTEN HARM INSTEAD OF HELP, SAYS PATIENT SAFETY EXPERT AT GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
It's the third biggest killer in the US and costs $1trillion a year. Errors in patient safety rank third only to heart disease and cancer claiming 400,000 lives each year - the equivalent to two jumbo jets every day1. Patient Safety is clearly a serious global public health issue and yet is often over-looked in national policy and global agendas. 
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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.
 
 
 
THE DENTAL ANESTHESIA INJECTION WILL SOON BE A HISTORY!
Sitting helplessly on your dentist’s chair with your mouth wide open, waiting for that dreaded needle to prick your mouth tissue is one fear that almost all of us can identify with. Forget the whole surgery; it’s actually the fear of the anesthetic needle that overpowers all our sane thoughts. Though the skin in the area to be pricked with the needle is pre-treated with a topical anesthetic, it still hurts. But it seems some ‘kind-hearted’ people have found a way to save us from that needle! 
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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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