Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 3, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Potentially dangerous needlestick injuries often go unreported
Global smart syringes market to reach £5.3bn by 2020
The report, titled, “World Smart Syringes Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020,” said that the active safety syringes segment accounted for two-third of the market revenue in 2015 and would remain dominant throughout the analysis period. The world smart syringes market is driven by the rising count of needle stick injuries, shift from conventional syringes to smart syringes, growing awareness in the emerging economies and widespread adoption of safety syringes across all applications, especially in drug delivery, according to Allied Market Research, yet high cost are likely to hamper the market growth.
HIV
Thousands in India Contract HIV During Hospital Blood Transfusions
Bad blood: Maharashtra ranks 3rd in HIV cases caused by transfusion
Botched Blood Transfusions In India Lead To HIV Infection For Over Two Thousand People
OHSU's HIV vaccine moves toward clinical trial
Fears over HIV database changes
Two million more people living with HIV on life-saving treatment in 2015 – new UN report
More than 2,000 Indians contract HIV after transfusions
Access to safe blood is limite­d, especi­ally in rural areas, becaus­e of a lack of proper screen­ing device­s
HEPATITIS
Boise native accused of switching syringes tests positive for HIV
He Had AIDS and I Had Hepatitis C: A Love Story
Hepatitis C Now a Leading Cause of Death
WHO experts urge fairer pricing of 'unaffordable' hepatitis C cure
Philadelphia is 'Making the Link' Between Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer
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.
Newborn dead after Hepatitis B Vaccine
Nurses allegedly stood by watching the baby scream until it passed away.
WEST NILE
West Nile, Lyme disease flare-ups depend on weather
West Nile virus still a threat
First West Nile virus case in the nation for 2016 reported in Mississippi
Glenview mosquitoes 1st to test for West Nile in Illinois
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
Health Canada imposes ban on powerful street drug known as W-18
Education Called “Foremost Strategy” for Opioid Abuse Prevention
Crews clean needles from "heroin island" after social media plea
It was a sharp reminder for Calgary mom Jasmine Van Dyk that danger can lurk just outside your front door.
EBOLA
Ebola virus Triage Test gets FDA Emergency Use Authorization
UAB developing training program on Ebola for first responders in Deep South
Could deadly animal disease bluetongue become the next Ebola?
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 >
3.5 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF LIVER CANCER—AND MANY DON'T KNOW IT
As a medical specialist in the Army Special Forces in the early 70s,
Houston resident and former HCV patient, Edward Hartnett.received multiple needle sticks during the course of duty.  But he never thought they would lead to a potentially life-threatening liver disease. Experiencing no symptoms, Hartnett was not aware he contracted the chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) until he attempted to donate blood years later.
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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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THE DANGER MEDICAL STUDENTS FACE WHEN THEY DON’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Consistently getting less than the recommended 8.5 hours sleep for weeks or months at a time will lead to chronic sleep deprivation.
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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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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.
 
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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BAYER ADMITTED TO GIVING HEMOPHILIACS AIDS HIV FACTOR VIII
Bayer division Cutter Biological continued selling old stocks of the medicine for more than a year after it introduced a version in February 1984 that was ...
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NIGERIA: 3.2 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV, SAYS EXPERT
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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.

WHO UPDATES GUIDANCE ON PREVENTION OF SEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF ZIKA VIRUS
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated guidance originally published on Feb. 18, 2016 to provide advice on the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus.
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SURGICAL TECH CAUGHT SWITCHING SYRINGES CARRIES HIV
The surgical tech who prompted blood disease testing of thousands of patients has tested positive for HIV and negative for Hepatitis B and C.
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FORMER SWEDISH MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR HIV
Rocky Allen, the former Swedish Medical Center of Colorado employee facing federal drug charges for taking fentanyl from the hospital, carries HIV.
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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.
 
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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