Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 25, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Pen Needles Market Worth $2,105 Million by 2019
Majority of Dermatology Residents Have Experienced a Sharps Injury
Potentially dangerous needlestick injuries often go unreported
HIV
HIV and AIDS: Clearing the Confusion of an Opportunistic Organism
Male adolescents with HIV have high rates of inflammation, bone loss
Antibodies Totally Eliminate HIV in Two Weeks
UPDATE: Patients may have been exposed to Hepatitis & HIV at Raleigh clinic
Got Questions About HIV Stigma and Discrimination at Work? Find Answers Here
Report: Botswana Leads World in HIV Diagnosis, Treatment
Charlie Sheen Prepares For First Legitimate Project Since HIV Announcement
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
12 cases of hepatitis linked to Beckley clinic confirmed; number of patients exposed unknown
Gilead ordered to pay Merck $200 million in hepatitis C drug patent dispute
UPDATE: Patients may have been exposed to Hepatitis & HIV at Raleigh clinic
Hepatitis infections apparently spread at stress test clinic
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
Second Zika case reported in Kentuckian
Everyone is a stakeholder in mosquito control
Zika Virus getting closer to West Texas
Zika, West Nile topics of town hall meeting
Zika virus less a concern than West Nile, Woodland council learns
Mosquito control tips to reduce West Nile and now Zika virus
West Nile virus deaths hit new high in 2015 in California
West Nile, not Zika, main mosquito threat in Grand Forks
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
New youth abuse prevention coordinator hopes to form new regional coalition
Op-Ed: New substance abuse law to enhance continuum of care and prevention efforts
Sidney forum to focus on substance abuse
West Chester Area School District conducts substance abuse prevention forum
Prime for Life equips Marines with tools to battle alcohol, drug abuse
FDA pushes development of abuse-deterrent opioid drugs
Lawmakers call for additional funding to combat drug abuse
Substance Abuse Prevention Must Move Beyond Health Care Settings
Pence Signs Several Drug Abuse Prevention Bills
Substance abuse prevention program coming to Somerville
EBOLA
Ebola, Ruthless to Families, Leaves Liberian Man Alive and Alone
How Did Science Teachers Address Ebola? And How Will They Respond to Zika?
UN agencies fund Ebola emergency preparedness in Ghana
New member of the Ebola virus may cause disease in humans
New form of Ebola virus may cause disease in humans
Guinea Ebola: Death Of Fifth Person Causes Panic
Ebola claims fifth life in Guinea amid concerns new outbreak
Research shows potential for emergence of new Ebola virus that causes disease in humans
New Report: Politics And Ebola Are Not Such Strange Bedfellows
Fifth person dies in Guinea Ebola flare-up
IN THE NEWS
ALERT: LOOK FOR NEEDLES BEFORE EGGS
NKY heroin task force, Cincinnati Exchange warn adults to look for discarded needles before kids hunt for Easter eggs.
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Plea to launch national injection safety campaign
Request to launch national injection safety campaign
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HOSPITAL WORKER COULD HAVE EXPOSED THOUSANDS TO HIV AND HEPATITIS
A former hospital employee who stole Fentanyl may have put patients in Colorado and Washington at risk for infectious diseases.
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CHINA REVEALS DEADLY VACCINE SALES RING
Chinese authorities are hunting 300 people suspected of illegally selling spoiled vaccines to medical centers across the country, state media reported.
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SEATTLE HOSPITAL URGES HIV TESTS AFTER NEEDLE SWAPS
A former surgery technician was charged with stealing and swapping syringes; officials taking no chances with 1,300 patients
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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. Chemicals and medications can injure the eye, and bodily fluids may expose nurses and other employees to infections including hepatitis B and C and HIV.
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TRAINING & TRACKING TO AVOID THE RISK OF EYE SPLASH EXPOSURES
Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, in her article Occupational Risk on the Rise: Turning a Blind Eye published in Infection Control Tips, indicates that infectious diseases arising from eye splash incidents seems to be on the rise, especially among nurses.
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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.

MAPPING EYE SPLASH EXPOSURES IN THE HOSPITAL: IT ISN'T WHERE YOU THINK
In addition to masks, gloves and gowns, protective eyewear plays an important role in the prevention of infection and injury in your medical facility.
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AORN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EYE SAFETY IN THE OR
In the operating room, healthcare workers and patients are especially vulnerable to eye injuries during routinely performed procedures. They must be protected by information, best practices and appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).
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SAFETY DENTAL SRINGE
Aspiject  Ronvig Dental Mfg A/S
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HEPATITIS C ON RISE STATEWIDE
Hepatitis C cases have increased almost everywhere, including Clay County and the cost to tax payers could be high.  “From 2010 until present we have recorded 33 cases of chronic Hepatitis C and two cases of acute Hepatitis C in Clay County,” Clay County Health Department Director Janice Patterson explained. The actual number may be higher since some cases may not have been reported.
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QLICKSMART BLADESINGLE
 
Qlicksmart BladeSINGLE provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. This world-first single-handed scalpel blade remover prevents the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing techniques.
 
BladeSINGLE enables single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harm’s way. The clear casing of the cartridge allows easy and accurate counting.
 
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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