Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 26, 2012
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Man convicted of needle-stick incident involving midstate police officer asks ... - PennLive.com
Two donors sue Stanford Blood Center for infections - The Stanford Daily
Look who's paying the price? - The Hindu
Low incidence of needlestick injuries among staff at national pharmacy chain - Medical Xpress
Nursing occupational hazards - BusinessDay
West boosts molding capacity in France for safety syringe - Plastics Today
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.
HIV
Exquisite Corpse: The Stigma of HIV and AIDS - City College News
Abortion, HIV Aids Cases Increase At Chinese Mining Sites - AllAfrica.com
Home HIV Test Goes on the Market - Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
Amadi Calls On African Countries to Increase Spending On HIV/Aids - AllAfrica.com
Acclaimed Jewish Pianist, HIV Survivor Still Going and Giving - Algemeiner
Nation's Aids Fight Acknowledged - AllAfrica.com
FG Considers New HIV Tax On Mobiles, Airlines - AllAfrica.com
New HIV/Aids Campaign Targets Varsity Students - AllAfrica.com
Magic Johnson Partners With OraSure on HIV Awareness Campaign - Fox Business
HIV Mortality Falls but Some Gaps Persist - MedPage Today
Hepatitis
Hepatitis C outbreak could boost regulation bill - Wall Street Journal
CDC to Baby Boomers: Get Tested for Hepatitis C - ABC News
Molecular and protein markers discovered for liver transplant failure from ... - Science Codex
FDA Setback for Hepatitis Drug - Wall Street Journal
CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C - The Associated Press
FDA Puts Idenix Hepatitis Drug on Partial Hold - Fox Business
Scientists develope first ever hepatitis C vaccine - Business Standard
Hepatitis C outbreak could boost regulation bill - Boston.com
West Nile
West Nile Hits Hard Around Dallas, and Its Spread Is Feared - New York Times
Texas jury awards nearly $1M to West Nile victim - Sacramento Bee
West Nile rising in Ark.; Health Dept. sends alert - San Francisco Chronicle
West Nile Spraying Could Affect North Texas Bees - CBS 11
North Texas Cities to Start West Nile Spraying Thursday - U.S. News & World Report
State sees increased West Nile Virus activity - Connectcut Plus
West Nile virus: Dallas declares state of emergency - CBS News
To fight West Nile, Dallas plans an aerial defense - Gettysburg Times

The Safety SubCulture Unit (SCU) is a sharps safety device used to obtain samples from positive blood culture bottles.  Needleless sampling reduces risk of needlestick injury. The plastic tip safely pierces the bottle septum and makes it easy to insert and remove from the culture bottle. The integrated filter cap controls gas or culture discharge for an added level of safety.

 

IN THE NEWS
SHARPS INJURIES COMMON IN DERMATOLOGIST PRACTICES
In dermatologist practices, most sharps injuries (85%) occur because of a sense of being rushed and awkward postures, according to a new study.
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SHARPSENTINEL WALL CABINET SYSTEM

SharpSentinel™ 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 JCAHO requirements.

For more information, contact Bemis Health Care Products Group at 800-558-7651 or click here

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WAS IT A CASE OF DIRTY SHOES? HOW DID STEROID INJECTIONS THAT CAUSED MENINGITIS GET CONTAMINATED?
Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of fungal meningitis. Click here to review the timeline and relevant news.
 
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JOEY CLAMP UMBILLICAL CORD CUTTER
The Joey Clamp incorporates several technologies that are hidden in its jewelry-like appearance.

The sinusoidal waveform of the closure allows the clamp to adjust automatically to virtually any umbilical cord diameter and to other physiological changes that occur following severance.   The hinge and clasp are cleverly hidden in Joey's ears.

The Joey Clamp's gentle, rounded design reassures the mother with its friendly shape.  The Joey umbilical clamp is easily opened by a medical professional by using our Joey opening tool.

 
HIV DEATH OF WASH. FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED AS LODD
Six years after dying after contracting HIV while on the job, the death of a South King Fire and Rescue firefighter is being recognized as a line-of-duty death by the State of Washington.
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BABYLANCE

Designed with many of the same innovations that have made our SurgiLance® safety lancet one of the world’s most popular needlestick solutions, babyLance® is specially designed for neonatal caregivers.

SOAP, SWABS SLASH INFECTION RATES BY 44%
A study conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated community hospitals saw bloodstream infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), drop by 44% when all ICU patients were subjected to daily "universal decolonization" using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs. 
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SOUTH KOREA: HEPATITIS B-INFECTED BLOOD TRANSFUSED TO 117 PEOPLE
On October 15, data showed that due to a delay in the Korea Red Cross using the latest screening methods, blood infected with hepatitis B was transfused to 117 individuals.
 
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RI FIRST STATE TO ADOPT REGS TO REQUIRE FLU SHOTS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that it has adopted new amendments that will make flu immunizations mandatory for all workers, students, trainees, and volunteers who may have routinely anticipated face-to-face interaction, also known as "direct contact," with patients at a healthcare facility. 
 
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B.SAFE NEEDLE SAFETY SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

 

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 B.safe syringe system, when properly activated, will 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

 
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