Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 29, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
B. Braun Taking Leadership Role in Educating Nurses About USP < 800 >
Hunter mum and son receive needlestick injuries in McDonald's
The Medical Minute: Improper Disposal of Needles and Syringes Poses Problems
With the growing number of patients who self-inject medications at home, the number of needles that need to be disposed of is growing, as well.
HIV
Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Tituss Burgess, and Daniel Franzese Ask: ‘Why Aren’t We Talking About HIV/AIDS?’ – WATCH
Fireflies Illuminate HIV Transmission in Females
Dementia among HIV Patients More Complex Compared to Normal HIV Patients
Vaccine Protects Monkeys Against HIV-Like Infection
HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
Parasitic worms may hold key to cutting spread of HIV - researchers
Antibody infusions provide long-term defence against HIV-like infection
Lowcountry AIDS Services identifies one-third of new HIV positive cases in S.C. last year
Single antibody infusions found promising against HIV
Anti-HIV pill not cost effective among US drug abusers
HEPATITIS
PCDOH Free Hepatitis C Testing
Hepatitis C drug restrictions in Medicaid eased after Attorney General investigates private insurers
Prophylactic Hepatitis B Virus Vaccines Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2024
Insurers Expand Hepatitis C Drug Coverage After N.Y. Probe (3)
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
Remember Repellent When You Go Outdoors
West Nile Virus Detected in Gardena
Orange County won't spray for West Nile mosquitos, for now
Zika, West Nile add to mosquito season worries
Local West Nile survivor gives back to community years later
West Nile virus found in LA County mosquitoes: ‘Mosquito season isn’t limited to just summer’
Vector Control warns of West Nile threat before summer
San Fernando Valley mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus
Beware of Needlesticks as Zika Looms
Increased transmission of Zika virus is expected in the U.S.
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Opioid overdose drug offered to Kentucky high schools
Operation PJ Pride takes new steps against drugs
ASAP continues opioid abuse battle
Did the House weaken the Senate’s drug abuse bill? Rob Portman thinks so
Fight Drug Abuse on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Local coalition may be formed to prioritize substance abuse prevention
Empty Medicine Cabinets To Prevent Drug Abuse
Bristol County DA announces creation of substance abuse prevention task force
EBOLA
Disease evolution: how new illnesses emerge when we change how we live
B'luru first to have facility to isolate Ebola-like samples
S/Africa promises intervention in Liberia Ebola crusade
‘The Simpsons’ Conspiracy Theory: Trump’s Presidency, Ebola, And 9/11
Ebola leaves a painful legacy for survivors in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s First Post – Ebola Independence Anniversary
Cellphone-sized device quickly detects the Ebola virus
From Ebola to Zika: What we're learning about global health crises
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 >
HOSPITAL FINED FOR EXPOSING EMPLOYEES TO NEEDLE-STICK INJURIES
'The citations and proposed penalties in this case reflect the seriousness of Cooper Hospital's failure to protect its employees from needle-stick ..
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: EDUCATION IS KEY
Recently, University of Minnesota veterinarian Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, ACVPM, conducted a webinar on needlestick injuries on behalf of the ...
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NEEDLES IN THE HEDGE
Glen Innes Examiner-Apr 27, 2016
FEARS over children receiving needle stick injuries have been ... in the hedge during a tennis tournament, got a needle stick injury,” he said.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA COMES OUT IN FAVOR OF ...
... lead to a 66% reduction in needle-stick injury to law enforcement. Here are some statements of support from North Carolina law enforcement.
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MURPHY TELLS KIDS THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“The product is designed to prevent accidental needle sticks,” he said. “Once taken out, the needle is sheathed so that people can't accidentally ..
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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
 
HOW A SON SURVIVED BEING INJECTED WITH HIV BY HIS FATHER
He was particularly adept at using butterfly needles, the very small kind .... wore giant hearing aids that clipped on and made his ears stick out.
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PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR PREVENTING HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASES DUE TO EXPOSURE TO CONTAMINATED BODY FLUIDS IN HEALTHCARE STAFF
In epidemics of highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or SARS, healthcare workers (HCW) are at much greater risk of infection than the general population, due to their contact with patients' contaminated body fluids. Contact precautions by means of personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce the risk. It is unclear which type of PPE protects best, what is the best way to remove PPE, and how to make sure HCWs use PPE as instructed.
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LUXURY HOTEL WORKERS CLAIM UNSANITARY CONDITIONS
Employees of a luxury Beverly Hills hotel have filed a complaint claiming management has failed to provide safety equipment for them to deal with cleaning medical waste often left behind by guests staying...
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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).
 
 
CDC - SAFE INJECTION PRACTICES IN DENISTRY - FACT SHEETS - INFECTION CONTROL IN DENTAL SETTINGS
Safe injection practices for Infection Control.
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STUDY SHOWS 37% OF OUTPATIENT HEALTHCARE STAFF FAIL TO FOLLOW HAND HYGIENE RECOMMENDATIONS
Staff at outpatient care facilities may need to brush up on hygiene basics, as a new study found a failure to follow recommendations for hand hygiene in 37 percent of observations.
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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, OSHA OUTLINE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT ON-THE-JOB ZIKA INFECTIONS
Interim guidance recommends handwashing, protective equipment
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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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