Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 18, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Potentially dangerous needlestick injuries often go unreported
Needlestick injuries going unreported
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.
 
Lack of snow reveals used needles around Regina
With so little snow on the ground this year, people have been reporting used needles in Regina as early as February.
Menasha police issue safety message after needles are found
As the snow continues to melt, police say it's not uncommon to find these needles.
Head and Neck: Incidence and reporting of sharps injuries amongst ENT surgeons
Incidence and reporting of sharps injuries amongst ENT surgeons.
HIV
HIV drug may check skin cancer becoming drug-resistant, finds a study
Civil Society Condemns Shortage of HIV Test Kits Nationwide
HIV Drug Can Help Treat Drug-Resistant Skin Cancer
The ‘mystery’ behind Clinton’s HIV gaffe
I Was Diagnosed With HIV — Now What? Here Are the Recommended First Steps
5 things you should know about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
Class action lawsuit filed against Swedish
Attorneys representing three former patients at Swedish Medical Center filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital and its owner alleging negligent hiring practices put thousands of patients at risk.  Last month, the hospital told 2,900 patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after hospital staff caught at surgical technician trying to steal a powerful narcotic from an operating room.
More Than 2 Million People Co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C
An estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) globally, a new study by the University of Bristol and the...
Someone diagnosed with HIV every 35 hours
Though HIV is no longer a death sentence, Dr. Huang says the public health concern is very real, statistics revealing most noticeably, among black men.
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
Casting a Wider Net for Cases of Hepatitis C, the 'Baby Boomer’s Virus'
Northwest Hospital warns that former employee may have exposed patients to hepatitis B & C and HIV in 2011-2012
Hepatitis C sufferer flicked blood in woman's face
Curious case of hepatitis C: Prevention scheme offers treatment, not awareness
Learning about hepatitis C virus
Northern New Jersey Hospitals Collaborate to Defeat Healthcare-Acquired Infections
The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., are collaborating to defeat Clostridium difficile.
Hospitals warn of possible exposure to hepatitis, HIV
The investigation started when someone allegedly saw a surgical tech slip a syringe filled with a powerful pain medication off a cart in a Colorado...
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
What you need to know about the Zika virus infection
Clues in race for Zika virus vaccine
West Nile virus deaths hit new high in 2015 in California
West Nile, not Zika, main mosquito threat in Grand Forks
Leukemia vs. West Nile: Battle over pesticide spraying ends with jail sentence
West Nile infections prompt tire collections
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
CDC issues prescribing guidelines aimed at drug abuse crisis
New drug drop box locations
Massachusetts mandates drug take-back program
Grant allows expansion of Brien Center's addiction treatment, prevention for youth
Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders
A child's first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention
EBOLA
Trials of a New Vaccine for Ebola to Take Place at RUSAL's Medical Centre in Guinea
UT honoring doctor who survived Ebola
Ebola-quarantined nurse wants Christie lawsuit to continue
After Ebola and Zika, this new SARS-like virus is poised to infect humans: Study
UCSF study marks important step toward finding cure for Ebola
Sweet 'quantum dots' light the way for new HIV and Ebola treatment
Scientists create antibody cocktail that cures Ebola-infected monkeys
San Francisco company bungled Ebola response, investigation finds
UT honoring doctor who survived Ebola
An American physician who risked his life to treat patients in West Africa during the Ebola crisis will be honored Saturday by the University of Toledo’s college of medicine and life sciences.  Dr. Richard Sacra will be inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame for more than two decades of mission work in Liberia, and for going back to help women deliver babies even after he contracted Ebola, and spent months recovering from the deadly disease in the United States.
IN THE NEWS
RTI LOOKS TO CHANGE HEALTHCARE SAFETY – AGAIN
The Little Elm, Texas-based firm has fought loudly for its technology to be available to healthcare workers at risk for needlestick injuries. Now the company is about to release a new product, one that could revolutionize the safety of healthcare workers [...] It’s the healthcare workers that really lose out. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention conclude that, even with the presence of safety devices, needlestick injuries (NSIs) have not been reduced despite OSHA regulation.
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US FDA PLANS UP-CLASSIFICATION OF BLOOD LANCETS
US regulators have proposed reclassifying three major types of medical devices used to obtain blood samples for diagnostic purposes from Class I to Class II or III.
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SHARPS INJURIES AMONG US DERMATOLOGY TRAINEES: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
Despite extensive procedural training, relatively little literature exists that examines sharps injuries sustained by dermatology trainees or sharps safety education during residency. In the largest prior study exclusively of dermatology residents, conducted in 2009, 65% reported sustaining at least 1 needlestick.
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OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD INFOGRAPHIC
Nice infographic gives general overview of the Standard.
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BEYOND THE BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN STANDARD - ARE YOU CONSIDERING THE FULL RANGE OF APPLICABLE OSHA STANDARDS FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY?
Healthcare facilities are a highly regulated industry and many hospitals and ambulatory care settings work hard to reach and maintain appropriate accreditation goals. Much focus is placed on patient safety and the myriad of other quality measures healthcare facilities are required to meet. Federal guidelines drive life safety, environment of care, and employee safety standards, but when it comes to employee safety, some OSHA standards receive more attention than others in the healthcare industry.
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KEEP STICKING TILL YOU GET AN IV IN
A patient recently told me that she has bad veins and expect to be stuck numerous times for a peripheral IV insertion.
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WOMAN FEARS HEP C INFECTION AFTER BLOOD SPLATTERED OVER HER FACE
A medical report will find out whether Brandon Lee Coulson's assault victim has contracted Hepatitis C after he splashed blood on her face.  Coulson, 17, has had Hepatitis C since a young age, police prosecutor David Rusbatch told the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday, when Coulson admitted the assault charge.
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1,188 'NEVER EVENTS' OCCURRED IN NHS HOSPITALS INCLUDE HORRIFIC SURGERY MISTAKES
NHS blunders considered to be so serious they should never happen have affected 1,188 patients in under four years in the country. Horror stories include a woman having her fallopian tubes removed.
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PATIENT SAFETY EXPERTS: PROTECT AND SUPPORT THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE
A new report by some of the nation’s leading patient safety advocates shows strong support for the healthcare workforce, saying protecting patients must begin with protecting their caregivers.
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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.

SURGICAL TECH'S CASE EXPOSES MULTIPLE FAILINGS IN PATIENT PROTECTIONS ROCKY ALLEN'S LONG ROAD OF ADDICTION PASSED THROUGH FIVE HOSPITALS, FOUR STATES AND A DEPLOYMENT IN AFGHANISTAN.
One hospital said it found him swapping a doctor's fentanyl with a syringe of saline solution and informed the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Another discovered him passed out on the floor and, upon testing him for drugs, found fentanyl in his system.
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28 HOURS ON THE CLOCK: ‘UNETHICAL’ TRIAL MAY HAVE PUT MED STUDENTS AT RISK
Medical residents were put at risk of car accidents, needle-stick injuries, and depression in a “highly unethical” trial that forced some to work 28 hours at a stretch, to see whether it would harm their ability to care for patients, according to documents released Wednesday by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Public Citizen, a watchdog group.
 
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HYPODERMIC NEEDLE DISPOSAL EDUCATION MEASURE PICKS UP AMENDMENT
A House bill to educate the public about how to safely dispose of hypodermic needles easily passed, but was hit with a surprise amendment that would require a one-for-one needle exchange at exchange programs. The amended bill, which passed at the Wednesday Senate Health and Welfare Committee meeting and now goes to the Senate floor, didn’t set well with its sponsor, who said the amendment took him by surprise.
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28 HOURS ON THE CLOCK: ‘UNETHICAL’ TRIAL MAY HAVE PUT MED STUDENTS AT RISK
Medical residents were put at risk of car accidents, needle-stick injuries, and depression in a “highly unethical” trial that forced some to work 28 hours at a stretch, to see whether it would harm their ability to care for patients, according to documents released Wednesday by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Public Citizen, a watchdog group.
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HHS SHIPS BLOOD PRODUCTS TO PUERTO RICO IN RESPONSE TO ZIKA OUTBREAK
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it is arranging and funding shipments of blood products from the continental United
MAJORITY OF IV MEDICATION ERRORS LINKED TO CLINICAL PRACTICE NOT TECHNOLOGY
Mistakes that occur during the administration of intravenous (IV) medications have long been one of the most common types of errors in hospitals, and for...
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UTILIZING PROPER PPE IN THE ER
Learn why it is extremely important to utilize proper PPE in the emergency room.
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AORN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EYE SAFETY IN THE OR
Understand the recommended Guidelines for Surgical Attire, and the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice by the AORN.
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ARE YOU COMMITTING THESE COMMON LAPSES IN INFECTION PREVENTION?
CMS surveyors have been busy citing hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers for infection-prevention shortcomings since the beginning of the year. Curious what the top 5 infection-related citations are? Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) has released a report identifying 5 of the top citations
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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

 
 
PASSIVE SAFETY DEVICE FOR PRE-FILLABLE SYRINGES WHITE PAPER TO DOWNLOAD FROM OWEN MUMFORD
Download the white paper 'Passive Safety Device for Pre-Fillable Syringes' from Owen Mumford
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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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