Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 12, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Sharp eye on needling issue: advice needed on how to dispose of syringes
Needlestick Injuries in Agriculture Workers and Prevention Programs.
The unkindest cut of all
A new book highlights the need to prevent transmission of viral infections between medical staffers and patients – but the Health Ministry has not given the subject much attention.
RIMS nurses reuse syringes, expose patients to infection
Nurses at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) reuse syringes, exposing patients to the risk of infections, an internal inspection found.
Patterns of Needlestick and Sharps Injuries
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 385 000 needlestick injuries occur annually among US hospital employees.
5 Steps To Take Following A Needlestick
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually in the U.S. healthcare...
Patterns of Needlestick and Sharps Injuries
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 385 000 needlestick injuries occur annually among US hospital employees.
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
US blacks infrequently receive consistent HIV care
Camden Observes National Black HIV And AIDS Awareness Day
Hawaiian man says he got HIV from blood transfusion during bypass surgery
HIV Testing and Service Delivery Among Black Females — 61 Health Department Jurisdictions, United States, 2012–2014
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
Hepatitis C-infected man arrested after spitting on EMT
Curcumin Could Be an Excellent Natural Remedy Against Hepatitis Viruses
2,900 patients at Colorado hospital may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C after employee drug theft discovered
Swedish Medical Center patients may be at risk for HIV, hepatitis B & C because of former employee
Patients test positive for Hepatitis C after HIV scare at dental practice
Dentist Alan Morrison is accused of using contaminated equipment on patients at his clinics in Cumnock and Drongan, Ayrshire for almost a year.
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
Phila. health workers prepare for Zika
West Texas Mom Creates New Way to Protect From Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes, West Nile virus do pose serious threat
County to continue its West Nile program
Huntington woman continues struggle with West Nile Virus
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Fighting the scourge of prescription drug abuse
HCI is useful tool in substance abuse prevention
Coalition seeks grant to prevent youth substance abuse
Tackling Drug Abuse Amid The Big Game's Festivities
Teacher recognized for drug, alcohol prevention efforts
Obama Seeks $1 Billion to Fight Drug Abuse
Substance abuse prevention grants available in Carson City area
2,700+ Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Convene At CADCA's National Leadership Forum
EBOLA
UN urges missing Sierra Leona people to come for Ebola testing
Sierra Leone Frees 55 from Ebola Quarantine, but Tests 48 Others
To Fight the Zika Pandemic, Learn from Ebola
More than 48 Ebola contacts missing in Sierra Leone, WHO says
The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About
Liberia: Ebola and Civil War Trauma Threaten Liberia's Economic Growth
Zika And Ebola Are Both Global Health Emergencies, But The Responses Will Look Very Different
Zika Virus and the Public Health Response
This slide show explores the public health response to the Zika virus outbreak and provides insights from health officials.
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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6 WAYS TO DECREASE SHARPS INJURIES AND NEEDLE STICKS IN THE OR
Sharps injuries and needle sticks are a significant hazard in the operating room, and providers who don't comply with prevention practices can endanger themselves, their colleagues and their patients. Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR, sharps expert with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses,
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EXTENDING THE LENGTH OF SURGICAL TRAINEES SHIFTS DOES NOT AFFECT SURGICAL PATIENTS SAFETY
Allowing surgeons in training, otherwise known as residents, the flexibility to work longer shifts than currently allowed in the U.S. and/or take less time
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TRAINING & TRACKING TO AVOID THE RISK OF EYE SPLASH EXPOSURES
To help avoid eye splash exposure training employees on proper and current practices, and tracking the effectiveness of the training is needed.
 
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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

 
 
PAHO DIRECTOR CALLS FOR POLITICAL COMMITMENT AND MORE RESOURCES TO FIGHT ZIKA IN THE AMERICAS
More resources are urgently needed to fight the spread of Zika in the Americas and the apparently related increase in microcephaly and other complications,
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SPREAD OF ZIKA VIRUS UNDERSCORES CLASS AND GENDER ISSUES
Alaka Basu, professor of development sociology at Cornell University and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, says Zika underscores the lethal
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CLIP-ON DEVICE OFFERS PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES THAT TRANSMIT ZIKA
A product called the OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent device could be an effective tool for preventing bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the primary vector
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ZIKA VIRUS LIKELY TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS
Zika virus likely to spread throughout the Americas, says WHODrug companies evaluate existing vaccine technology as only Canada and Chile expected to be free of mosquito-borne disease
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U.S. CASE OF ZIKA INFECTION TRANSMITTED BY SEX REPORTED IN TEXAS
Officials in Dallas reported that a patient with Zika virus was infected after having sex with an ill individual who had returned from a country where Zika was circulating.
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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.

PATIENTS CAN MAKE SURGERY SAFER
The operating room (OR) is arguably the most dangerous location in the healthcare delivery system. Mark Davis discusses what patients can do to make their surgeries safer.
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PROTECTION FROM YOUR SURGEON
Amazon.com: Irresponsible: What Surgeons Won't Tell You and How to Protect Yourself eBook: Mark Davis M.D.: Kindle Store
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NEARLY 300 MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITAL PATIENTS POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO HIV, HEPATITIS
Baystate Noble Hospital in Massachusetts sent out notification letters to patients who underwent colonoscopies as they may possibly be exposed to HIV and hepatitis.
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BAYSTATE NOBLE HOSPITAL IN WESTFIELD ANNOUNCES SAFETY LAPSE
Westfield hospital says 293 colonoscopy patients might have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
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INFECTED BLOOD PATIENTS DEMAND MORE COMPENSATION
PATIENTS infected with Hepatitis C and HIV as a result of faulty NHS blood transfusions will this week urge the Scottish Government to deliver the compensation they believe they are due.
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293 PATIENTS AT MASS. HOSPITAL POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO HIV, HEPATITIS
Nearly 300 people who underwent colonoscopies at a Massachusetts hospital may have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
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HEPATITIS C REPORTED AT 19 DIALYSIS CLINICS: CDC
Reports of hepatitis C infections among dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say.
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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.
 
 
 
EXPANDING USE OF VACCINES COULD SAVE UP TO $44 FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT, STUDY SUGGESTS
Vaccinations, long recognized as an excellent investment that saves lives and prevents illness, could have significant economic value that far exceeds
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CDC EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER MOVES TO HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACTIVATION FOR ZIKA RESPONSE
To further enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak, CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is moving to a Level 1 activation—reflecting the agency’s
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HEALTHCARE WORKER HAND SIZE CAN IMPACT BACTERIAL LOAD, PRODUCT EFFECTIVENESS
Researchers are advising healthcare professionals to consider the size of their hands when it comes to using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, to ensure...
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SNEEZING PRODUCES COMPLEX FLUID CASCADE, NOT A SIMPLE SPRAY
Here's some incentive to cover your mouth the next time you sneeze: New high-speed videos captured by MIT researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses as a spray of droplets, similar to paint that is flung through the air.
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APIC UPDATES SAFE INJECTION PRACTICES POSITION PAPER
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has updated the position paper, "Safe injection, infusion, and medication.
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AVOIDING RISKS OF AEROSOLIZED BACTERIAL EXPOSURE IN THE DENTAL PRACTICE
Dental professionals face exposures to both microscopic and macroscopic eye injury from exposure to a number of potentially infections substances.
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MEASURING THE POTENTIAL OF INDIVIDUAL AIRPORTS FOR PANDEMIC SPREAD OVER THE WORLD AIRLINE NETWORK
Massive growth in human mobility has dramatically increased the risk and rate of pandemic spread. Macro-level descriptors of the topology of the World
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3 REAL LIFE EYE SPLASH INCIDENTS AND HOW THEY COULD BE AVOIDED
Healthcare workers engage in numerous daily activities that put them at risk of eye splash.
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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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