Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 29, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Luer-Jack featured on Front Page of the Major Norwegian Business Newspaper "Dagens Næringsliv"
'Absolutely ridiculous': young mum finds used syringe in family's mailbox
Investigate Limpopo medical-waste removal: DA
Prevention of Needlestick Injuries Can Save U.S. Healthcare System More Than $1 Billion Annually
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
Supposed Doctor Who Injected Himself With Charlie Sheen's HIV-Positive Blood: "I've Cured Countries!"
Resistance to one of the most effective anti-HIV drugs on the market is alarmingly widespread
HIV cure update: Virus becoming more resistant; pressure for new drug studies is on
HIV Cure Becomes More Elusive as Disease Rejects Key Drug
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
Infected blood patients demand more compensation
Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC
8.8 million patients infected with hepatitis C in Egypt: conference
Increases in Acute Hepatitis B Virus Infections — Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, 2006–2013
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
Could We Have a Zika Vaccine Soon?
Vaccine for Zika virus may be years away, say US health experts
Mosquitoes, West Nile virus do pose serious threat
County to continue its West Nile program
Huntington woman continues struggle with West Nile Virus
Immune response differences might determine severity of West Nile Virus disease
REGION: State, Riverside County hit epidemic West Nile levels
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Private Sector Contributes to Drug Abuse Prevention in the Federation
Washington County Youth Coalition headed to CADCA's National Leadership Forum
Federal grant aims to help prevent HIV/AIDS, substance abuse in Laredo
Drug Free Manatee Presents: Palmetto's Got Talent
Substance abuse prevention grants available in Carson City area
Griswold, Putnam drug prevention groups headed to D.C.
Red Ribbon Rivalry this month, buy ribbon for substance abuse prevention
Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement
2,700+ Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Convene At CADCA's National Leadership Forum
Mayor Walsh chairs task force to address substance abuse
EBOLA
Charity Buys Experimental Ebola Vaccine From Merck
Ebola: 1 death recorded 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
Proper Medical Sharps Disposal Leads to Community Safety
Nice video to teach the public about proper medical sharps disposal
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 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 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.
IN THE NEWS
WHAT’S THE HOLDUP? WHAT—OR WHO—IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF NEEDLE SAFETY?
The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in November 2000, becoming Public Law 106-430. Previously the number of needlestick injuries (NSIs) suffered annually in the United States was approximately 500,000, with about half of them occurring in hospitals. More recent data suggests that the number remains at about 380,000 per year. Although the federal law enacted 15 years ago was intended to establish a framework for significantly reducing NSIs, that hasn't happened. Why not?
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Needlestick injuries within the waste and recycle...
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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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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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AHO requirements.
 

For more information, contact Bemis Health Care 

Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
 
HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE INDUSTRY GROUP FORMED TO LEAD CHANGE FOR PATIENT SAFETY
To create meaningful awareness of the patient safety risks and the economic burden to the U.S. healthcare system of outdated hand hygiene compliance
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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. Safety features include a double lock mechanism to fix the needle, and an integrated safety shield which can be activated using a solid surface or the user's thumb. When an audible click is heard, it indicates that the safety shield is positioned securely around the needle, and that the needle can be triaged without risk of injury. 
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CDC URGING DIALYSIS PROVIDERS AND FACILITIES TO ASSESS AND IMPROVE INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES TO STOP HEPATITIS C VIRUS TRANSMISSION IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING HEMODIALYSIS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV. Any case of new HCV infection in a patient undergoing hemodialysis should prompt immediate action. CDC is urging dialysis providers and facilities to:
 
1) Assess current infection control practices and environmental cleaning and disinfection practices within the facility to ensure adherence to infection control standards; 
2) Address any gaps identified by the assessments; 
3) Screen patients for HCV, following CDC guidelines, to detect infections, determine treatment potential, and halt secondary transmission; and 
4) Promptly report all acute HCV infections to the state or local health department.
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PROPER DISPOSAL OF MEDICAL SHARPS PROMOTES COMMUNITY HEALTH AND SAFETY
Some people use them every day; medical sharps. They are used by those with diabetes, allergies, or anyone else who needs certain medications. But Walton County officials say a number of their residents are disposing of them incorrectly.
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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.

SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION
Sharps injuries expose health care workers to bloodborne pathogens and continue to be a serious health and safety hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals. It has been estimated about half or more of sharps injuries go unreported. Most reported sharps injuries involve nursing staff, but laboratory staff, physicians, housekeepers, and other health care workers are also injured.
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CDC FOUNDATION AND GOJO TO ENHANCE HAND HYGIENE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH IN US HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). There were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S acute care hospitals in 2011. About 75,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations. Infections that patients get in the hospital can be life-threatening and hard to treat, but improving hand hygiene is one of the key strategies to prevent transmission of infections within healthcare facilities. To better protect patients from this ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation is partnering with GOJO to provide unbranded hand hygiene educational materials and tools for patients, healthcare providers and caregivers in U.S. healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and other ambulatory care locations. The goal of this initiative is to improve hand hygiene practices in these settings to help reduce the number of HAIs. 
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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.
 
 
 
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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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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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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