Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 4, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
12 hour shifts linked to more nurse errors
Syringe found outside preschool
Safer sharps to prevent needlestick injury are a necessity
Nurses must assert their right to use safer sharps, according to the co-author of research showing many trusts are still failing to comply with regulations.
Volunteers helping to pick up used needles in parks, neighborhoods
TACOMA -- It's a dirty reality in many neighborhoods -- used needles on sidewalks and in parks. Some parts of Seattle are so bad that some residents in north Seattle are attending classes to learn how to safely dispose of syringes.
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
Zero New HIV/AIDS Cases Must Be San Diego’s Health Goal
Ending HIV: A Missing Piece in the Health-Care Debate
WHO, Phnom Penh: No Regional HIV Outbreak
Study: Women need more Truvada than men to prevent HIV infection
New Study Shows HIV Structure in Unprecedented Detail
Microsoft Research scientist David Heckerman on how we could attack HIV like spam
Hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure
Officials at a southern New Jersey hospital have notified 213 patients they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of drug tampering.
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.
 
Central Catheter Maintenance Bundle Has an Immediate Impact on Preventing Common HAI
A central catheter maintenance bundle developed to prevent a common healthcare-associated infection had an immediate effect of decreasing rates of central
 
HEPATITIS
Winter Park businessman donates kidney to man he barely knows
Hopewell health officials investigating hepatitis A case
Perils of hepatitis
'Black death' offers clues to battling HIV and hepatitis C centuries later
We need more public awareness about hepatitis
Insurers Probed on Hepatitis C Drug Coverage
More than 200 patients at NJ hospital possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis
More than 200 people treated at a New Jersey medical center may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of a former employee accused of tampering with drugs, the hospital said on Thursday.
 
 
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
Studies show 'grave outcomes' for pregnant women infected with Zika
Waterloo entrepreneur believes mosquito trap will reduce spread of disease
Fight Against Zika Virus More Focused Than West Nile
West Nile infections prompt tire collections
How to battle mosquitos, West Nile and the Zika Virus
West Nile a greater threat to our region than Zika
West Nile: they're lying to you again
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Substance use and abuse added to emergency room screening
Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention hosts speaker to talk substance abuse with Mount Gilead Middle School students
Drug abuse prevention measure targeting Medicare advances in U.S. Senate
Bill to create substance abuse prevention program for middle and high schoolers
Substance abuse prevention coalition plans Naloxone training
Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition participates in national leadership forum
EBOLA
Greatest scandal on Earth? 'Poverty, hunger, death of children,' says Ebola warrior priest
Cluster of Ebola Virus Disease Linked to a Single Funeral — Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, 2014
A New African Super Girl Confronts Ebola
Why Ebola survivors struggle with new symptoms
You’re unlikely to catch Ebola from a survivor – unless you have sex with them
Don't Use Ebola Funds to Fight Zika
'Ebola Warrior': Rock musician turned orthodox priest discusses mission at USU
'Low' risk of getting Ebola from survivor: study
What Ebola crisis can teach us about Zika
IN THE NEWS
THESE SURGERY MISHAPS WILL MAKE YOU NEVER WANT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE AGAIN
A testicle removed instead of a cyst, diabetic patients not being given insulin and scalpels being left inside patients' bodies are some of the shocking cases that more than 1,000 patients have suffered in hospitals, an investigation has found.  The "never events" - mistakes so serious they should never happen - include a woman having her fallopian tubes removed instead of her appendix and a patient having a biopsy taken from their liver instead of their pancreas.
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HEALTHCARE WORKER WHO PUT 8,000 PATIENTS AT RISK OF HEPATITIS C IS NAMED AS A SURGEON WHO CAUGHT THE VIRUS DURING AN OPERATION AND DIED FROM IT IN 2012
The mystery healthcare worker at the centre of a hepatitis C scandal was named today – as it emerged he caught it from a random needle stick injury while on duty. Consultant Robert Pickard is the medic mentioned in a letter …
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SMART SYRINGES MARKET COULD REACH $7.6B BY 2020
Global sales of smart syringes is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% during 2015 to 2020, according to a recent Allied Market Research report. In addition, it said the active safety syringes segment accounted for two-thirds of the market revenue in 2015, and would remain dominant throughout the analysis period.
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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.

CDC FLU UPDATE LOCALIZED POCKETS OF HIGH ACTIVITY IN THE US
According to this week’s Fluview report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity increased slightly in the United States.
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NATIONAL HOSPITAL HANDWASHING CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVE BUT EXPENSIVE
Many hospital patients were protected from a dangerous bug and at least 96 years of life will be saved each year, says professor Nicholas Graves from QUT's
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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

 
 
TACKLING ZIKA USING BACTERIA AS A TROJAN HORSE
Bacteria in the gut of disease-bearing insects - including the mosquito which carries the Zika virus - can be used as a Trojan horse to help control the insects' population, new research at Swansea University has shown. The results showed declines in fertility of up to 100 percent and an increase of 60 percent in the mortality rate of larvae, among the insects studied.
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REDUCING EYE INCIDENTS: HOW PROMISE HOSPITAL IMPLEMENTED A PIP PROGRAM
Eye splash incidents are quite common in hospitals and other medical settings, exposing workers to the risk of serious infections.  Hepatitis B and C as well as HIV can be spread in this manner along with C-Difficile, MRSA and other pathogens. When splashes occur, the affected employee must stop what they’re doing, receive any necessary treatment and testing, and document what occurred.  Patients may also be subjected to further testing. 
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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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WHAT IS THE PROPER ANGLE-OF-INSERTION FOR VENIPUNCTURES?
Why the angle in which a phlebotomy needle is important to the patient's safety and the success of the procedure.
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COMBATING ZIKA VIRUS REQUIRES FOCUS ON VACCINES, THERAPIES, MOSQUITOES, MU EXPERTS SAY
As many as 4 million people could be infected with the Zika virus by the end of the year, according to the World Health Organization. The Zika virus is
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ZAPPLIGHT LED INSECT KILLER LIGHT BULB WITH A ELECTRIC BUG ZAPPER BUILT IN INSECT TRAP

I know, I know... I don't usually talk about light bulbs in this newsletter but today is different.  We are all aware of the challenges with the West Nile virus.  Now we have the additional challenge of the Zika virus with its attendant issues

I recently found a light bulb that also has a built-in Bug Zapper.  I don't have an agreement with the manufacturerer and receive nothing to send you to their link - but I believe that this is a wonderful product.  I will be buying several to go into my protected outdoor light sockets.
 
just saying.... you might want to consider it.
STATE LAWS BOOST FLU VACCINATION RATES IN HEALTHCARE WORKERS
State laws mandating influenza immunization for people who work in healthcare increase their vaccination rates, according to new research led by the...
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EXCLUSIVE: NURSES SHOULD INSIST TRUSTS OBEY SHARPS SAFETY RULES
Nurses must assert their right to use safer sharps, according to the co-author of research showing many trusts are still failing to comply with regulations to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries.
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HEALTHCARE WORKER WHO PUT 8,000 PATIENTS AT RISK OF HEPATITIS C IS NAMED AS A SURGEON WHO CAUGHT THE VIRUS DURING AN OPERATION AND DIED FROM IT IN 2012 - HEPCBC
The mystery healthcare worker at the centre of a hepatitis C scandal was named today – as it emerged he caught it from a random needle stick injury while on duty. Consultant Robert Pickard is the medic mentioned in a letter … 
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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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