Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 27, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
One needlestick injury can cost hundreds of dollars, study estimates
Doctor's book of medical mystery leaves reviewer wanting more
Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers
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...
Safe Injection Practices - Healthcare Training Video
Video clip from "Safe Injection Practices" training progam for nursing and healthcare staff - to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens such as HIV and ...
London gangs fuel sharp rise in the number of dirty needles dumped dangerously in Cambridge
A sharp rise in the number of dirty needles dumped dangerously in Cambridge linked to London gangs has prompted a police crackdown. Police officers have hand out more than 150 leaflets...
How to Reduce the Risk of Sharps Injuries
Have you sharpened up your sharps policy lately?
NHS still failing to comply with sharps safety laws
A sample of NHS organisations has found more than 80% to be breaching sharps regulations, according to the national watchdog for work-related health and safety.
Stressing Importance of Needle Stick Injuries Among Employees
BOS Medical, leading medical staffing provider in Athens Georgia, shares the importance of needle stick injuries among employees.
HIV
For Muslims With HIV, Khadijah Abdullah Offers a Safe Space for Faith, Healing and Empowerment
Once-a-week text messages to Kenyan women greatly improved likelihood of getting HIV test
TIHAN continues to focus on Tucsonans living with HIV
Thousands Of Men Sign Up For A New HIV Drug Trial In Australia – Health Minister Jillian Skinner Is The One Thousandth Participant
HIV patients less likely to receive treatment for many cancers
HIV vaccine trial to start in South Africa later this year
HEPATITIS
Caffeine May Slow Progression of Liver Fibrosis in Chronic Hepatitis C
What’s Going Around – Hepatitis A
Hepatitis outbreak spreads to secondary school with eleventh confirmed case
Tennessee Lawmaker Fears Hepatitis C Outbreak Could Jump Prison Walls
How sick must hepatitis C patients be to get help?
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
First Zika Virus Death Reported West Nile Virus—119 Recent Deaths Protect Your Home
How To Fight Zika, West Nile Viruses at Home
Infected O.C. mosquitoes signal start of West Nile virus season
West Nile Virus Fast Facts
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
Second substance abuse and prevention community conversation focuses on at-risk children
Two Teens, Former Mayor Recognized by Newport Prevention Coalition
Mallinckrodt Donates 250,000 Drug Deactivation Systems to ACT Missouri to Support Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse
Governor Brian Sandoval Announces Prescription Drug Abuse Summit
Annual substance abuse prevention program packed
Drug in your medicine cabinet becoming a drug abuse favorite
Understanding prevention and treatment of substance use disorders
Drug prevention goes beyond education
Focus on drug-abuse prevention
Substance abuse prevention starts at home
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
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.
 
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.
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INCREASING CASES OF VIRAL DISEASES THROUGH UNSAFE INJECTIONS FUEL DEMAND FOR SAFETY SYRINGES
The global market for safety syringes has been witnessing an exponential surge since the last few years. The rising cases of viral diseases through unsafe injections and accidental needlestick injuries are fueling the demand for safety syringes extensively across the world. According to the WHO, in 2014, approximately 1.7 million people were reported to be infected with hepatitis B virus, around 0.3 million with hepatitis C virus, and almost 34 thousand individuals with HIV because of unsafe injections.
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BMA - TESTING FOR BBV FROM NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
This guidance provides advice on what to do in situations where the patient lacks the capacity to consent to testing for blood-borne viruses when a health professional has sustained needlestick injury.
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UPDATED: HIV AND AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES BY GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION FACT SHEET
In the United States, the burden of HIV and AIDS is not evenly distributed across states and regions.
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INFECTION CONTROL: SUMMARY OF THE 'SUMMARY OF INFECTION PREVENTION PRACTICES IN DENTAL SETTINGS: BASIC EXPECTATIONS FOR SAFE CARE'
As I concluded reading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care for the first time, I found myself thinking a more alluring title might...
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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.
 
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NEVER EVENTS: SHOCKING AND UNFORGIVABLE SURGICAL ERRORS
A large number of medical negligence claims for compensation are brought for shocking, but common, surgical errors.
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COMMENTARY: WE CAN DO BETTER IN PROTECTING OUR FRONTLINE CAREGIVERS
Fifteen years ago, the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was enacted to protect healthcare workers across the U.S. from preventable needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
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SHARPS INSPECTION INITIATIVE 2015/16
An inspection initiative was carried out in 2015/16 to identify any common causes of non-compliance with legislation designed to protect staff from the risk of exposure to BBVs
 
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WHY HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE STILL VULNERABLE TO 'SPLASH AND SPLATTER'
TIDI discusses Why Healthcare Workers are Still Vulnerable to Splash and Splatter
 
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INSPECTIONS FIND NHS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH SHARPS LAWS
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SHARPS INJURIES - COMPENSATION FOR HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE
Sharps Injuries - Book your call back from one of Mercury Legal Online's medical negligence solicitors.
 
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POLICE NOT LINKING VANDALISM AFTER NEEDLES 'DELIBERATELY' LEFT IN CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS IN WARRINGTON AND ST HELENS
Police not linking vandalism after needles 'deliberately' left in children's play areas in Warrington and St Helens
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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.

MULTIBRIEF: WORKPLACE SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE: IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
MultiBrief: Workplace safety in healthcare: Identifying the problem
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NEEDLE STICK INJURY
We aim to provide safer and more effective patient-caregiver interface in intravascular fluid administration.
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NEEDLESTICKS
Needlestick Injury or Injuries are a common hazard for workers in the Health Care Industry. They can cause a great deal of mental distress
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REDUCING THE RISK OF SHARPS INJURIES | LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE
Anytime a member of your hospital staff starts an IV, injects medication, or participates in a surgical procedure, he or she can be at risk for a skin puncture, cut, or scratch by a needle or other sharp device...
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UNDERSTANDING DENTAL ANXIETY AND PHOBIA - AFFINITY DENTAL
Avoiding the dentist based on fear or anxiety is not wise for your oral health. Knowledge is the greatest defense against dental anxiety and phobia.
PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SHARPS INJURIES - PPE.ORG
Prevention and management of sharps injuries: the causes of non-compliance with legislation to protect staff from risks of exposure to blood 
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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.
 
A DEADLY CRISIS: MAPPING THE SPREAD OF AMERICA'S DRUG OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC
Overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or guns – and experts say the crisis hasn’t peaked. Data reveals how a local problem became a national epidemic
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DENTAL ANESTHETIC NEEDLES ARE SOON GOING TO BECOME A THING OF THE PAST
Why are folks really afraid of going to a dentist for dental fillings or root canals? The root cause of this fear is the needle that is used for administering the anesthetic into the tissue.
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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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