Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 10, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Pitt researcher accidentally infected with Zika after needlestick
Patient and Healthcare Worker Safety Key Areas of Focus for B. Braun Medical at APIC
Recycling holds nightmare find
New syringe to give medical safety a jab
A NEW JOINT venture plans to exploit the market created by a World Health Organisation (WHO) directive that member countries scrap reusable syringes by 2020, and is eyeing Durban as a potential site to manufacture a safe alternative licensed by Star Syringe. The Life Saver Medical Company is a joint venture that includes local healthcare firm Forever Africa, which counts pharmaceutical manufacturer Biotech Laboratories in its stable. The WHO launched a global campaign last year to eliminate dirty needles, which it estimates are responsible for 1.3-million deaths worldwide each year. It estimated that in 2010 up to 1.7-million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315,000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33,800 with HIV through unsafe injections.
HIV
HIV testing lacking in pregnant women
Democratic Congressional Candidate Opens Up About Having HIV In Emotional Video
Researchers track HIV in real time as it infects and spreads in living tissue
Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV — Thailand
Need to reach out to 90 per cent of HIV patients for treatment: J.P. Nadda
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.
Fewer Than One-Third Of People With HIV In Central, West Africa Get Care
Here's how we can close the deadly treatment gap.
Indicted surgical tech tests positive for HIV, may have exposed patients in four states
DENVER - A former surgical tech indicted on charges of stealing liquid pain medication by swapping syringes at a hospital near Denver has tested positive for ...
How Do You Treat a Patient with HIV? The Same as Everyone Else
Helene Bednarsh, RDH, MPH, director of the HIV Dental Ombudsperson Program with the Boston Public Health Commission, explains how the standard of care for HIV positive patients is no different that it is for patients without HIV.
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.
HEPATITIS
Should I be tested for hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C Now a Leading Cause of Death
Race does not impact early mortality among patients with chronic HCV
Hepatitis C and Zika Virus
Dirty water is fueling Hepatitis surge in India with 133,625 cases last year
Waterborne viral hepatitis is afflicting hundreds of thousands of Indians every year in a country that experts say has the highest number of people in the world without access to safe water.
WEST NILE
Concerns On The Rise After West Nile-Infested Mosquitoes Found In Tulsa County
Mosquitoes in Garland test positive for West Nile virus
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus confirmed in Oklahoma County
First confirmed case of West Nile reported in Loveland
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
Doctors, hospital leaders endorse pot tax proposal
King County is looking for a few good volunteers – to help prevent substance abuse in West Seattle.
James Mucia: Hit drug abuse early with school prevention programs
EBOLA
Liberia Declared Ebola-free for 4th Time
Latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now over, UN says
West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak
West Africa marks end of Ebola after 11,300 deaths
WHO declares Liberia free of active Ebola virus transmission
Ebola outbreak over, says Liberia
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 >
NEW SYRINGE TO GIVE MEDICAL SAFETY A JAB
World Health Organisation considers Durban as a potential site to manufacture a safe alternative to disposable syringes.
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BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS ARE STILL GIVING INDIANS HIV
A recent news report on HIV transmission through blood transfusion in India has been the cause of much controversy. According to information revealed by the ...
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VISUAL TRIGGERS INCREASE HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE
Can you use the “ick factor” to get healthcare workers to clean their hands more often?
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ZIKA VIRUS: LABORATORY ACQUIRED CASE REPORTED IN PITTSBURGH AREA
Health officials in Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania are reporting a laboratory-acquired Zika virus infection, which health officials are calling “unique”.
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HOW TO GET YOUR STAFF TO WASH THEIR HANDS
It turns out that World Health Organization (WHO) might know more about effective hand washing techniques than the CDC. 
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A CASE FOR NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION
Sharps containers are among the most common disposal methods for used syringes, but what do you do when there’s no container nearby?
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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.
 
HAND HYGIENE GETS SKIPPED A THIRD OF THE TIME IN OUTPATIENT HEALTHCARE, FINDS STUDY
Despite policies to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, finds study
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A CASE FOR NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION
Sharps containers are among the most common disposal methods for used syringes, but what do you do when there’s no container nearby?
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HAND HYGIENE GETS SKIPPED A THIRD OF THE TIME IN OUTPATIENT HEALTHCARE, FINDS STUDY
Despite policies to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, finds study
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RECYCLING HOLDS NIGHTMARE FIND
An EnviroWaste worker is undergoing testing for HIV after being stabbed through protective gloves by a used needle while pulling items off a conveyor belt.
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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.

SEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF EBOLA LIKELY TO IMPACT COURSE OF OUTBREAKS
Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially reigniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists...
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WORKING TO EXHAUSTION: HOW MEDICAL RESIDENTS’ LONG SHIFTS PUT PATIENTS AT RISK
Long work shifts for medical residents can threaten patient safety. They can also harm the health and safety of residents themselves.
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OSHA HAS IMPORTANT STANDARDS ON REGULATION OF BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard amends the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000, and brings important and useful additions to its predecessor.
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SAFETY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND YOUR BUSINESS
June is Safety Month, which makes it a great time of year for companies to review and update their safety programs.  Bloodborne pathogens are a threat to staff and customers, even in businesses outside of the healthcare field.
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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.
 
HAND HYGIENE PROGRAM HELPED REDUCE HEALTH INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR COLD AND FLU BY 24 PERCENT
A workplace outcome study published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) found that offices equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and hand sanitizing wipes throughout the building and at employees' desks resulted ...
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ATLANTA HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IS COMPARED TO THIRD WORLD AFRICAN COUNTRIES!
The HIV/AIDS rate in certain parts of the city of Atlanta, particularly downtown ATL, is as bad as some third-world African countries, the Center for ...
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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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