Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 16, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Cooper Hospital Exposed Employees Needlestick Injuries, Bloodborne Pathogens: Feds
Santa Monica Group Backs Needle Disposal Plan
InstaPoll: When Did Your Last Sharps or Needlestick Injury Occur?
Needlestick injuries: Education is key
Study shows 37% of outpatient healthcare staff fail to follow hand hygiene recommendations
Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37 percent of the time, and for safe injection practices 33 percent of the time, according to a study...
Lack of Appropriate Eye Protection Increases Healthcare Worker Occupational Infection Risk
TIDI Products Says AAOHN 2016 Presentations Demonstrate the Need for Improved PPE Protocols Neenah, WI (PRWEB) April 13, 2016 TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clinically differentiated, single-use, infection-prevention products, today...
What will Happen if You Won’t follow OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard?
If you’re a Health Care Worker (HCW) and are regularly exposed to an inmate’s blood, you might need to be examined and tested to find any possible health hazards caused due to the bloodborne pathogens and would have to undergo treatment, if required. Furthermore, you might also need to take the work off for proper treatment and rest which will eventually impact your employer, your family and other staffs who would have to fill in.
HIV
Warnings over five-fold increase in HIV in Glasgow area
New metro Atlanta no-cost clinic aims to decrease HIV
Clinton, Sanders agree to meet with HIV advocates
First diagnosed case of Alzheimer's disease in HIV-positive individual reported
Man Convicted of HIV Crime but Later Vindicated Cannot Sue
HEPATITIS
EU extends safety review of chronic Hepatitis C treatments
Hepatitis C increases risk of developing head and neck cancers
Burnaby woman's hepatitis C is gone, but better health remains elusive
Current Hepatitis C Virus Testing Guidelines Miss Too Many Cases, Study Suggests
A review of blood samples for nearly 5,000 patients seen at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department suggests that federal guidelines for hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening may be missing up to a quarter of all cases and argues for updated...
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.
Patient Safe Syringes
Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination. Their unique luer guard reduces the risk of luer tip contact contamination.
It also reduces the risk of contamination of intravenous fluid. Patient Safe® syringes are compatible with most available hypodermic needles, including those with manually activated safety features, vial access devices, and luer-activated catheter hub.
 
 
WEST NILE
This mosquito season could be a real concern
High water levels, warm weather direct mosquito officials to the lake
Zika virus isn't here, but West Nile is, SJ agency warns
Zika virus could spread quicker than West Nile virus
Institut Pasteur receives patent for West Nile virus vaccine
Mosquito control efforts in St. Louis take new tactics with Zika threat
Mosquitos Are Out ― Time to Dump and Drain Water!
Officials take steps against mosquitoes to protect from West Nile, Zika
Zika and West Nile concerns: What to know about this year's mosquito season
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Child abuse, neglect common in Hancock County
Coalition celebrates strategies for substance abuse
Addict in recovery says prevention is key
Fariña: Parents need more help to prevent opiate abuse, addiction
McCrory wants more money for substance abuse treatment, Zika prevention
EBOLA
Looking, hopefully, towards an Ebola-free future
'Ebola with wings': Expert raises alarm over deadly tuberculosis outbreak in PNG
White House To Transfer Ebola Funds To Fight Zika Virus
Greenwich HS Student Gets Praise from Obama for Ebola Research
One known Ebola case left in Guinea after girl's discharge
Tulip Safety Fistula Needle
Features of the clear, patented TULIP safety needle protector:
 
  • Low profile design
  • Ease of use during patient cannulation and needle placement
  • Activation using a one-handed technique
  • Audible click indicating protector is locked and will stay locked
  • Meets OSHA safety requirements
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 >
REUSABLE MAGNETIC MAT
A reusable magnetic mat that provides a secure 'hands free' neutral transfer zone and secure surface to retain instruments, thus reducing the risk of third party inflicted sharps injuries.
  • Safe & Secure – Strong raised round ceramic magnets on surface for magnetic instrument transfer that ensures secure retention of metallic instruments and prevent them from falling off sterile field.
  • Attaches to Drape – Use standard towel clamp to securely fasten to the surgical drape
  • Durable - High quality, reinforced mesh design ensures a highly cost effective, long-lasting device
  • Waterproof construction minimizes the risk of any pathogen cross infection
  • Sterilizable – Autoclavable. Easily cleaned using standard cleaning methods. Can be sterilized by either gas or steam
  • One standard size 12” x 16” surface allows transfer of multiple instruments and conforms to all surface shapes
  • Purple Color – prevents housekeeping from throwing them away with the green drapes
  • Cut lines on mat allow it to be cut into multiple pieces
  • Cost effective - Can be used hundreds of times!
  • Our products meet and exceed OSHA, CDC, JCAHO and AORN standards. We suggest that you comply with current OSHA laws pertaining to Sharps Safety in Surgery by using our sharps safety products to avoid being cited by OSHA for repeated sharps safety violations.
For further information, please contact:
 
 
Advanced Medical Innovations
Mission Industrial Park
8741 Shirley Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
Phone: (818) 701-7180
Fax: (818) 701-9708 | EFax: (818)-350-5738
Website: http://www.amiwelisten.com ● E-mail: sales@amiwelisten.com
 
OSHA FINES HOSPITAL $55,000 OVER SAFETY VIOLATIONS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a southern New Jersey hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards.
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INSULIN PEN SAFETY – ONE INSULIN PEN, ONE PERSON-ONE AND ONLY CAMPAIGN
Injection Safety, Safe needle practices, and safe injection procedures are all vital to preventing hepatitis outbreaks.
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FORMER COP CONTRACTS HEP C FROM PERP, WIFE DIES FROM DISEASE
A former north Texas police officer is in the fight of his life, now must bury his wife after suffering from a debilitating virus.
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GREINER BIO-ONE SAFETY PRODUCTS - VENOUS BLOOD COLLECTION
In the healthcare sector sharps injuries account for most work-related transmissions of infectious diseases, whereby needlestick injuries present by far the greatest risk. More than 50% of all registered cases concern nursing staff, followed by doctors and laboratory staff.
However, needlestick injuries need not be an occupational risk. By using VACUETTE® Safety Products, this danger can be virtually eliminated. 
 
Furthermore, by working with VACUETTE® Safety products you are compliant with criteria given in the EU Directive (EU 2010/32).
 
 
INFECTION CONTROL IN THE DENTAL SETTING: NEW CDC GUIDELINES
The new guidelines call for an infection prevention coordinator in each dental practice.
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UH CASE MEDICAL CENTER PARTNERS WITH VELANO VASCULAR FOR USE OF NEEDLELESS BLOOD DRAW DEVICE
Cleveland-based University Hospitals Case Medical Center announced today its collaboration with Velano, making it the first major U.S. academic medical center to commercially adopt the company’s PIVO innovation.
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YEARLY TRAINING REQUIRED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH OSHA’S BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD
Compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Are you a pharmacist providing immunizations or CLIA-waived testing services?
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BEMIS QUICK-DRAIN
Controlling liquid infectious waste continues to present multiple challenges. As regulations tighten and operating costs rise, it’s important to find a safe, 
cost-effective solution that’s affordable and provides minimal environmental impact.  The QUICK-DRAIN™ Systems from Bemis simply and effectively address your challenges, from staff safety to regulatory compliance to cost-effective disposal of liquid infectious waste.
 
CDC SAYS HEP C OUTBREAK IN UTAH HAS 16 CASES, HALF OF 7,200 STILL NOT TESTED
The Utah Department of Health and the CDC say they now have 16 confirmed cases of Hepatitis C tied to an outbreak in Weber and Davis Counties. The cases are all tied to Elet Nielson, accused of stealing drugs from both Davis and McKay Dee Hospitals from 2011-2013.  The first cases popped up a couple years ago and started this investigation that now has more than a dozen infected patients.
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HAND HYGIENE, SAFE-INJECTION PRACTICES SORELY LACKING AT OUTPATIENT FACILITIES
Failing grades in hand hygiene and injection safety. Hand hygiene, safe-injection practices sorely lacking at outpatient facilities. Study finds high failure rates in both areas.
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DOCTORS AND NURSES FAIL TO WASH THEIR HANDS ALMOST 40% OF THE TIME
While hand washing and injection guidelines were in place across outpatient clinics in New Mexico, just 63 per cent of staff complied with hand hygiene and 66 per cent followed safe injection procedures.
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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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