Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 20, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Safety Watch: Micotil injections can be lethal
Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers
B. Braun Focused on Helping Educate Nurses About USP < 800 > and Improving Vascular Access at INS 2016
HIV
People with HIV are far less likely to get cancer treatment, study shows
HIV Vaccine Design Should Adapt as HIV Virus Mutates
New HIV vaccine trial aims to build on earlier modest success
One step closer to a cure for HIV: Cutting the virus's DNA out of living animal cells eradicates the disease
Large HIV vaccine study planned in South Africa this fall
I'm Celebrating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Because There's Exciting Science Happening
HEPATITIS
Holy Name Medical Center only NJ Hospital to Receive Hepatitis Testing Award at White House
'Hepatitis C virus can control liver cancer' claims Mumbai based homeopath
Hepatitis C efficient against Cancer
National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day
Hepatitis C Is Killing Americans in Record Numbers While Patients Cannot Access Life Saving Medicine
Ninety percent of Colorado residents with hepatitis C going untreated
How I Overcame Hepatitis C Stigma for a Cure
Prevention of needle-stick injuries in healthcare facilities: a meta-analysis
OBJECTIVE To estimate the summary effectiveness of different needle-stick injury (NSI)-prevention interventions.
9 Tips for Preventing Infection in the Hospital
We can prevent infections in the hospital. With a few simple tips to cut back on nosocomial infections like C Diff (Clostridium difficile) and antibiotic resistant infections like MRSA.
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
End the mosquito cycle in your backyard
Rid your backyard of mosquitoes
El Paso reports human West Nile virus case, 1st in Texas
First case of West Nile virus in El Paso; TX Department of State Health Services warns public
Season's first West Nile case reported in area
Dallas County Reports First West Nile-Positive Traps of 2016
Infected O.C. mosquitoes signal start of West Nile virus season
West Nile Virus Fast Facts
WHO Issues Guidance on Zika Virus and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognize that athletes and visitors are seeking more information on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent infection while attending the Olympic and Paralympic..
WHO Confirms Zika Virus Strain Imported From the Americas to Africa
Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas -- the Asian type -- and was most likely imported from Brazil.
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
Rep. DiZoglio Secures $20,000 for Valley Anti-Drug Program
Feeling Sad? Drugs are Not the Answer!
Quincy schools share ideas about substance abuse prevention with Braintree committee
Governor Sandoval announces prescription drug abuse summit
Drug prevention goes beyond education
Focus on drug-abuse prevention
EBOLA
Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa
Saddest family portrait: The grandmother raising EIGHTEEN of her grandchildren in Sierra Leone as their family is broken by Ebola
Ebola czar: America failing on Zika
Mobile Money payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million – UN study finds
Fighting Ebola with 21st Century Biotech
Currently, production of vaccines and diagnostic systems for infectious diseases have failed to provide a systematic vision that merges state-of-the-art technologies with industry to provide an effective commercial solution.
CDC Changes Reporting of Numbers of Pregnant Women Affected by Zika Virus
To gain a more complete picture of the impact of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today will begin reporting the total number of pregnant women with Zika virus infection from two newly...
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 >
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.
More >
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.
More >
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.
More >
USING SAFER DEVICES, FOLLOWING HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS CAN CUT SHARPS INJURIES
Occupational exposure to blood and body fluids (BBF) is a serious – even deadly -- hazard faced daily by many healthcare personnel.
More >
WHY AFRICA’S HIV CRISIS CONTINUES TO DEVASTATE YOUNG WOMEN
While vast progress has been made, barely a dent has been made in infection rates among young women.
More >
WORLD HAND HYGIENE DAY: CDC, WHO URGE PROVIDERS TO KEEP HANDS CLEAN
Hand Hygiene Day is recognized worldwide each year to raise awareness on the importance of hand hygiene practices.
More >
EXCLUSIVE: PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES PROMPT LEADERSHIP SHAKE-UP AT NIH HOSPITAL | NEEDLESTICK | SCOOP.IT
The overhaul is the most sweeping in decades at the nation’s premier biomedical research institution.
More >
STAYING ON POINT WITH SHARPS SAFETY
Sharps accidents are commonly referred to as the unlisted never event, but instead of patients, clinicians are typically the ones affected. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) points to data to reiterate this point on its website:
 
Patients’ blood makes contact with the skin or mucous membranes of OR personnel in as many as 50 percent of operations, with cuts or needlesticks occurring in as many as 15 percent of operations.
 
Those most likely to experience sharps injuries in the OR are:
  • Surgeons and first assistants (59 percent)
  • Scrub personnel (19 percent)
  • Anesthesiologist (6 percent)
  • Circulation nurses (6 percent)
More >
NEW CDC CAMPAIGN REMINDS DOCTORS, NURSES THAT CLEAN HANDS COUNT
Today, World Hand Hygiene Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching the new “Clean Hands Count” campaign urging 
More >
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.
 
ASK THE EXPERT: SQUEEZING OUT BLOOD AFTER A NEEDLESTICK
The USPHS says no evidence exits that expressing fluid by squeezing the wound further reduces the risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission.
More >
DAD'S HORROR AFTER FINDING BLOOD-FILLED SYRINGES AND DIRTY NEEDLES DUMPED OUTSIDE HIS WIRRAL HOME
The discovery was made on Tuesday evening in a residential area.
More >
FREAKING OUT ABOUT NEEDLESTICK
Today I had a patient that was brought to the ER following a heroin overdose. She was extremely combative after being given Narcan.
More >
ROBBER WHO THREATENED YOUNG BUSSELTON CASHIER WITH 'HIV-INFECTED NEEDLE' JAILED
A WA man who threatened a "vulnerable" 16-year-old supermarket cashier with a HIV-infected needle before taking $1200 from the till was sentenced to...
More >
TWO-INCH NEEDLES PUSHED INTO SWING IN WARRINGTON PARK
Girl, four, injured by needles pushed into swing in kids' play area.
More >
HEALTH AUTHORITY SAYS IT WILL TRY TO RETRIEVE MORE SYRINGES FROM KELOWNA NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
COMPLAINTS ABOUT DISCARDED SYRINGES ON THE RISEKELOWNA - The Interior Health Authority has promised Kelowna city councillors it will step up efforts to retrieve...
 
More >
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.

UNISON WELCOMES HSE REPORT ON NEEDLESTICKS
Report finds 83% of organisations failing to comply with sharps regulations
 
More >
COMPANY TO PAY UP TO $7.8M OVER CONTAMINATED SYRINGES
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A Pennsylvania drug and medical device manufacturer has agreed to pay up to $7.8 million for selling contaminated syringes, federal prosecutors say.
More >
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
More >
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.
 
ZIMBABWE: 47 PERCENT OF UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE STUDENTS HIV POSITIVE - REPORT
Nearly half the University of Zimbabwe students who recently underwent voluntary HIV testing were positive, prompting the institution to limit inter-residence visits between male and female students.
More >
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.
 
 
© Copyright 2017 International Sharps Injury Prevention Society
We practice permission marketing. If you do not wish to receive these e-mail notices
please send an email to newsletter@isips.org with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
or send request to

ISIPS
6898 Maria Way
Herriman, Ut 84096