Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 8, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick injuries: Education is key
Webinar: Prevent needlestick injuries
Preventing needlestick injuries
One-time use: Health dept to introduce auto-disable syringes
Initially, fixed number will be introduced as there is only one manufacturer
When Recycling Goes Wrong: 19 Finns Get Pricked With Dirty Needles
Up to nineteen patients who had blood tests taken at a Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUS) in the city's central district of Kamppi may have been exposed to serious contagious diseases due to the unintentional use of dirty needles.
Healthcare Provider Information | One and Only Campaign
Injection Safety, Safe needle practices, and safe injection procedures are all vital to preventing hepatitis outbreaks.
Kirkland Products Solo-Cap Needle Recappers
Solo-Cap Needle Recappers: The safest, simplest, and most effective method available for unsheathing and recapping needles using one hand! One-handed ..
WOLF-PAK® HUBERPRO® SAFETY HUBER NEEDLE WINGED INFUSION SET
Minimize the risk of needlestick injuries and maximize patient comfort with the WOLF-PAK® HUBERPRO® SAFETY HUBER NEEDLE. This safety huber needle ...
Insulin Syringes (Safety and Non-Safety)
Easy to read markings promote accurate dosing and ease of use. The safety syringes are
HIV
The graying of HIV: 1 in 6 new U.S. cases are people older than 50
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
A year after HIV outbreak, Austin still community in recovery
In a first, HIV-positive donor’s kidney, liver given to to HIV-positive patients
"What Works in Youth HIV" site launched in the lead up to National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
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
Test results start coming back for patients possibly exposed to hepatitis at Raleigh Heart Clinic
Understanding the Magnitude of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemics in the United States
Asian-Americans confront hepatitis B, the 'silent killer'
Nearly 300 patients possibly exposed to hepatitis and HIV at Washington hospital
Hepatitis C in Limelight Again at Liver Congress
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
Turn in old tires; fight mosquitoes
Biting midges on the swarm in Beaufort County
Zika and West Nile concerns: What to know about this year's mosquito season
Poll finds some key gaps in Americans' knowledge about Zika virus
West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
Montco Health Officials Warn Residents At Start Of West Nile Virus Season
Montgomery, Bucks counties call on residents to combat mosquitoes, which can carry Zika, West Nile viruses
County by county, the West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
West Nile Virus Still A Concern In San Diego
Lubbock Vector Control Sets Up Mosquito Traps to Protect Against Zika, West Nile
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
State taking steps to combat abuse
Commentary: Fighting drug abuse in the ER
Grants part of strategy to combat drug abuse
Investigating and preventing child abuse- a task of Morrow County Family and Child Services
FSA recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
EBOLA
Obama administration diverts $500 million from Ebola response to Zika fight
IS spreading like cancer, Ebola: UN
Summerville-based league helped save primates during Ebola crisis
IN THE NEWS
WOULD YOU HELP US UPDATE OUR SAFETY PRODUCT LIST?
The International Safety Center, directed by Dr. Amber H. Mitchell and ISIPS, directed by Ron Stoker, have teamed together to update the definitive safety product list for healthcare workers. 
 
Please help us add to our list. Just go to the list of categories
- let us know of any products that are NOT currently included on the list.
 
If you submit information about any safety product that is NOT on the list - we will put your name in the hat. On July 1st we will update the safety product list and a tablet computer will be sent to one lucky clinician that makes us aware of safety products that are NOT on our list!
 
Thanks for your assistance!
 
Click here to submit a product that is NOT on our list >
HEALTHCARE WORKERS CARE FOR US, BUT WHO’S CARING FOR THEM?
In 2014, during a routine surgery on a patient with liver cancer at a provincial Chinese hospital, Dr. Xu Jun, 35, accidently cut himself with a scalpel. He got worried.  What if he got infected by HIV or hepatitis?
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES AND BLOOD BORNE VIRUSES
The use of needles can expose you to infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV which can be spread through needlestick injuries
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PROTECTING NHS WHISTLEBLOWERS, EXCEPT JUNIOR DOCTORS
The case of Dr Chris Day, which I summarised a couple of days ago, is a grotesque demonstration of the current inadequacy of these legal protections in the NHS. 
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DENTISTS TO REPLACE NEEDLES WITH ELECTRICITY
The thought of needles going in your mouth at the dentist’s office scares you… 
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'SHARPS' INJURIES POSE SERIOUS HAZARD FOR SURGEONS, O.R. STAFF
Slough sees rise in syringes being put in recycling bins. The disposal of used needles in recycling bins is not just a health risk but 'undermines' recycling efforts, Slough Borough Council (SBC) has said.
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SHARPS BY THE NUMBERS: A NEEDLESTICK INJURY INFOGRAPHIC
New research shows that needlestick injury rates aren’t falling, despite U.S. Occupational Health & Safety regulations.
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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.
 
HEALTH CARE HAZMATS: THERE’S MORE ON SITE THAN JUST BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
Sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning chemicals are likely to be found throughout the facility. It is important to know the particular brands and styles that are being used to verify that proper precautions are being taken.
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CHEMOLOCK™ NEEDLEFREE CLOSED SYSTEM TRANSFER DEVICE
The first needlefree CSTD to receive FDA 510(k) clearance for both pharmacy (ONB) and patient administration (FPA) applications.
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HEALTHCARE COSTS: WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!
Healthcare is consuming an ever-greater share of corporate America’s balance sheet. According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation survey, today’s employers spend, on average, $12,591 for family coverage—a 54% increase since 2005.
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THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: INJECTION SAFETY
Injection safety and infection prevention: As if you didn't already have enough reasons to fear the needle, here are 9 more.
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OFFICIALS: 12 CASES OF HEPATITIS LINKED TO WEST VIRGINIA CLINIC | FOX NEWS
Officials have investigated at least 12 cases of hepatitis linked to a heart clinic in Beckley, West Virginia.
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STUCK IN SURGERY
Sharps safety in today's OR.
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INJECTION SAFETY
Safe needle practices, and safe injection procedures are all vital to preventing hepatitis outbreaks.
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EXPOSURE STUDY OF OCCUPATIONAL PRACTICE
An update of a national survey of sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures among healthcare workers in U.S. Hospitals
 
(AOHP-Winter)
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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.

REVEALING STAFF INVOLVED IN HEP C OUTBREAK WILL BREED BLAME CULTURE: HEALTH MINISTER
Apparently WP's Leon Perera had asked in parliament for the disclosure of the names and punishments of the outbreak at SGH’s renal ward that claimed...
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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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