Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 6, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
B. Braun Taking Leadership Role in Educating Nurses About USP < 800 >
Webinar: Prevent needlestick injuries
Risk of needlestick injury from injecting needles
HIV
U.S. Spent $1.4 Billion To Stop HIV By Promoting Abstinence. Did It Work?
HIV kidney transplant patient reveals why he decided to be medical pioneer
HIV Testing Company Told to Cease and Desist Over Bert & Ernie Ad
HIV-Positive Women In Uganda Are Being Sterilized Without Their Consent
HEPATITIS
CDC: Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease
Hepatitis C Deaths in U.S. Rose in 2014, but New Drugs Hold Promise
Hep C deaths up; Baby boomers asked to get tests
Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease
Hepatitis Awareness Without Action Equals Death
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
Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
Mosquito Season Hits
West Nile Virus Detected in Gardena
Zika, West Nile add to mosquito season worries
West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Sun Valley
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.
 
 
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Narcotics agents educate about drug trends
Experts give advice on talking to teens about drugs, alcohol
Prince Drug Epidemic
Reno prescription drug abuse is 'big and it’s growing'
Focus efforts on drug abuse prevention
EBOLA
Ebola May Leave Some Survivors Blind
CHAMP sponsors Ebola drill, practice for a medical emergency
Ebola, Zika and a globalizing Texas
Study of Liberia Ebola flare-up shows need for longer vigilance
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 >
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.
 
NURSES AND MIDWIVES AT HIGHEST RISK OF SHARPS INJURIES
Nurses and midwives suffer the highest rate of needlestick and sharps injuries among Australian healthcare workers each year.  Needlestick and other sharps injuries remain the most common and potentially most dangerous injuries that face nurses and midwives in Australia. There are an estimated 180,000 reports of needlestick and sharps injuries to nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers across the country each year. This does not include the injuries that are not reported.
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HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE: 2,300 PATIENTS EXPOSED TO HIV OVER 3 YEARS
Louisiana patients of clinics and hospitals may be concerned about their exposure to blood-borne pathogens after over 2,300 people in another state were informed that their health may have been  compromised by contaminated needles used during testing at a clinic. A  woman recently filed a class action lawsuit against the facility, alleging hospital negligence. This followed that state's Department of Health and Human Resources sending out letters to warn former patients of possible contamination.
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OSHA FINDS COOPER HOSPITAL EXPOSED EMPLOYEES TO NEEDLE-STICK INJURIES,
BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN HAZARDS - Hospital facing $55K in fines for 15 cited violations. Employer’s name: Cooper University Hospital
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to Cooper Hospital for nine serious and six other-than-serious  safety and health violations.OSHA opened the inspection on Oct. 22, 2015, after a compliance officer investigating a separate complaint reviewed the hospital’s OSHA 300 logs and found there was an unusual amount of needle-stick and bloodborne pathogens exposure.Inspectors issued serious citations after determining the hospital 
failed to:
  • Provide employee training on the hazards of methylene chloride, amcancer-causing chemical.
  • Monitor employees who may be exposed to methylene chloride.
  • Immediately discard contaminated sharps in appropriate containers.
  • Ensure its bloodborne pathogens program included engineering controls to prevent needlesticks.
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FORMER OKLAHOMA DENTIST CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING
A former Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to thousands of patients being tested for HIV and hepatitis faces a federal charge of money laundering, prosecutors announced Tuesday. The court filing alleges that W. Scott Harrington laundered money by fraudulently billing Medicaid while he practiced dentistry in 2012.
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DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS AT SOFITEL HOTEL
Due to the number of hotel guests whose stays are related to medical treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center across the street, housekeeping employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles fear they have higher-than-typical risks of occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
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SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL: 4 TIPS FOR ATLANTA, GA, DOCTORS’ OFFICES
Following proper sharps disposal protocol is important for every doctor’s office—not only to avoid fines but to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
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HOSPITAL EXPOSED TO TWO NEEDLE STICK INJURY CLAIMS
Two Employees awarded €10,000 each against Waterford General Hospital THE ERKAL CASE Facts of the Erkal Case Ms Erkal a cleaner, suffered a needle stick when removing a mop head.
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DEATHS FROM HEPATITIS C VIRUS HIT ALL-TIME HIGH, CDC REPORTS
CDC also published a separate study that found more people in the United States now die from hepatitis C than die from HIV or any other infectious disease.
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CALIFORNIA | ONE AND ONLY CAMPAIGN
Injection Safety, Safe needle practices, and safe injection procedures are all vital to preventing hepatitis outbreaks.
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QLICKSMART BLADECASSETTE
Qlicksmart BladeCASSETTE provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. This single-handed scalpel blade remover is a passive (automatic) safety device, and therefore safer and more effective than active (manual) safety devices.
 
 
Qlicksmart BladeCASSETTE prevents the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing technique and dramatically reduces the risk of scalpel blade injuries in operating theatres. BladeCASSETTE complies with safety guidelines such as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
 
 
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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