Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 24, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
BD launches new safety blood collection device in the UK
Webinar: Prevent needlestick injuries
UNISON keeping our members safe is at risk in the upcoming EU referendum
UNISON has been at the heart of developing and campaigning for European legislation - legislation such as European Sharps Directive, which has helped protect nurses, cleaners, ambulance and other NHS workers from potentially deadly needlestick..
Contaminated Gloves Increase Risks of Cross-Transmission of Pathogens
Research being presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting provides clear evidence that the gloves of healthcare workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.
5 Steps to Bloodborne Pathogen and Needlestick Injury Prevention
Bloodborne pathogen exposure is a major concern in many workplace settings. This is especially the case for first responders, healthcare professionals, and even housekeeping personnel in certain industries.
WHO calls for worldwide use of 'smart' syringes
Up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B through an unsafe injection in a year, says UN body
HIV
Free HIV Testing Offered By Louisville Public Health Agency
China is offering free antiviral therapy for all of its citizens living with HIV/AIDS
CMS, CDC, & HRSA Launch HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group for State Medicaid Programs
National HIV Testing Day: Get tested, get involved
New therapy keeps HIV at bay without daily drug regimen, study says
Deschutes County offers free HIV testing next week
Malaria, HIV/Aids Solutions Win Big At Innovation Prize for Africa
New AIDSVu Maps Highlight Escalating Disparities in New HIV Cases and Deaths
Greg Louganis Bares All For ESPN, Reflects On ‘80s HIV Diagnosis
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
HSE plans to expand eligibility for Hep C treatment
Hepatitis A outbreak now reaches 15 cases after another two people are diagnosed
AASLD, CCO introduce new interactive HCV program for providers
San Juan hospital reports hepatitis A outbreak among employees
Hepatitis C is on the rise in Greenfield
Newer tests for hepatitis C virus could transform screening
New Cases of Possible Hepatitis Exposure at Heart Clinic
WEST NILE
South Dakota has 1st confirmed West Nile virus case of year
West Nile virus found in Evanston mosquitos
Experts examine West Nile vs Zika Virus carriers
WashU Connects Memory Loss to People with West Nile Virus
Patient & Employee Safety Awareness: What PPE Products Your Facility Should Always Have on Hand
Employers must provide sufficient PPE to employees, monitor the use of PPE and make sure it is available when it is needed.
Hep C tainted blood victims and federal government argue in court over $250M fund
Canada's tainted blood scandal continues to reverberate in court over how to allocate a $250-million surplus from an earlier settlement fund.
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
Bills signed into law to help address drug problem
You Don’t Stand Alone: Video series highlights substance abuse prevention message
Panel to tackle Michigan's opioid abuse epidemic
'RUN against Drug Abuse' to set off on June 26
The “Run” for the mass sensitisation against drug abuse
Addiction expert: Many elderly fighting prescription drug abuse
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council expands services with Nacogdoches office
Prez to honour Gurdaspur man for curbing drug abuse
Health Living: Substance Abuse Prevention in Adolescents
Time to double down on drug prevention
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 >
HEP C TAINTED BLOOD VICTIMS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARGUE IN COURT OVER $250M FUND
Canada's tainted blood scandal continues to reverberate in court over how to allocate a $250-million surplus from an earlier settlement fund
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12 SURPRISINGLY TRUE FACTS ABOUT HIV IN AMERICA
How much do you really know? Check out these facts, and then head to HelpStopTheVirus.com to learn more about HIV testing, prevention
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HIV STILL A PROBLEM IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
While awareness on HIV/AIDS in the country has decreased over the years, PNG still faces an epidemic with HIV/AIDS. This is according to the National STI/HIV ...
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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.
 
SAFE INJECTION PRACTICES: PREVENTING DIALYSIS PATIENTS FROM BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
Learn about safe injection practices, a set of measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) One and Only Campaign
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2 ALABAMA PHARMACISTS GUILTY OF DISTRIBUTING TAINTED DRUGS; 9 INFECTED HOSPITAL PATIENTS DIE
Two former pharmacists were sentenced to federal prison this week for distributing tainted drugs in 2011 to patients at several hospitals in the Birmingham, Ala., region.
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NEEDLES AND THE RUSH HOUR
Even the most brief distractions can lead to an accidental injury. When sharps are involved, it`s no time to hurry.
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BEING A NURSE: HEALTH HAZARDS AT THE WORKPLACE
In Maryland and throughout the United States, more than 18 million people work in the health care industry. With so many individuals working in this field, 80 percent o
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CDC IDENTIFIES 220 US COUNTIES MOST VULNERABLE TO OUTBREAKS OF HIV AND HEPATITIS C HTTPS://T.CO/W9SP7KDB5T #GOOGLEALERTS
CDC identifies 220 US counties most vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C 
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SEATTLE HOSPITAL WARNS 650 OF POSSIBLE HEPATITIS B EXPOSURE
A Seattle hospital says about 650 dialysis patients since 2011 might have been exposed to hepatitis B because of a lapse in screening procedures. But the Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center and King County public health officials said Friday the risk of transmission is low.
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HAND HYGIENE, PPE ARE EFFECTIVE PRACTICES AGAINST MERS
Wiboonchutikul, et al. (2016) report on a hospital-associated outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and assess the effectiveness of infection control measures among healthcare workers (HCWs) who were exposed to a MERS..
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DEB GROUP WHITEPAPER OFFERS TIPS FOR HAND HYGIENE ON CRUISE SHIPS
Deb Group announces it has released a whitepaper titled, “The Role of Waterless Hand Sanitizer as part of an Effective Hand Hygiene Strategy for Passenger Cruise Ships, and Selection of Suitable Products,” which discusses tactics for implementing a...
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20 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND
This week, world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to chart the way forward towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 as laid out in the newly adopted 2030...
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HIV RAPID TESTS MISS 1 IN 7 INFECTIONS
Rapid HIV tests in high-income countries miss about one in seven infections and should be used in combination with fourth-generation enzyme immunoassays...
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DENTAL PHOBIA: MORE BRITS ARE AFRAID OF DENTIST THAN SPIDERS
Anxiety UK revealed that Brits feel greater anxiety toward dental check-ups than other common fears.
FEARS GIRL, 3, MAY HAVE HIV AFTER SHE JABBED HERSELF WITH A NEEDLE IN PLAYGROUND
Mum's six-month horror wait to see if little Charlie has disease after she picked it up collecting twigs on her way to see her siblings
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.

EYESPLASH PROTOCOL: 5 THINGS TO DO
Eyesplash protection is essential where exposure to potentially hazardous fluids is common, but what happens after an unanticipated eyesplash occurs?
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PICKING UP SHARPS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY
Public education is a priority and training is available through the City of Duluth, the Rural AIDS Action Network, and the Duluth Police Department. 
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MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR FUNERAL HOMES
Healthcare facilities like hospitals, dental clinics, nursing homes, and physicians’ offices generate a large amount of daily medical waste.
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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.
 
12 SURPRISINGLY TRUE FACTS ABOUT HIV IN AMERICA
How much do you really know? Check out these facts, and then head to HelpStopTheVirus.com to learn more about HIV testing, prevention
More >
SAFE INJECTION PRACTICES: PREVENTING DIALYSIS PATIENTS FROM BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
Learn about safe injection practices, a set of measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) One and Only Campaign
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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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