Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 1, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Risk of needlestick injury from injecting needles
Hazards of Using Re-Usable Eyewear
If in a situation where body fluids are involved, you should be prepared for eye splatter with protective eyewear.
How to prevent the spread of infectious disease
Injection safety practices increasingly are relevant to assisted living as some operators move to a hybrid or medical model and more residents have complex medical needs.
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
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.
HIV
A hospital surgery technician accused of stealing painkiller syringes in Colorado, possibly exposing patients to HIV, plans to plead guilty
AIDS Resource Center arming patients with new tool to fight HIV
Health Department Reports Two New HIV Cases in Flathead County
Prince Harry Joins Coldplay on Stage During HIV Charity Concert: Pics
Funds Available for HIV Prevention, Care of Native Americans
Prince Harry Continues Princess Diana's Legacy to End HIV: 'He Wants to Expand His Knowledge of Challenges Around the World'
AIDSVu Launches New Maps Visualizing Changes in the U.S. HIV Epidemic
Today, AIDSVu announced its annual launch of new, interactive online maps visualizing the impact of HIV in the U.S., and highlighting continued disparities – both geographically and among different groups, particularly among youth and African...
Pia Wurtzbach promotes HIV testing
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach took to Instagram to rally behind a campaign which promotes HIV (human immunodeficiency virus
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.
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 ...
HEPATITIS
Pill Approved To Treat Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
Federal Judge Denies Merck Jury Award in Hepatitis C Suit
The FDA Unsurprisingly Approves Gilead's New Hepatitis C Drug. Now What?
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.
WEST NILE
Vector Control taking action West Nile Virus found in mosquito
West Nile Virus carriers thrive in a dry heat
West Nile spotted west of Moses Lake
West Nile virus heats up across Yolo county
Worried about Zika, West Nile? Expert advice to prevent mosquito bites
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
115 high school students train to end youth drug abuse
Heroin Prevention Makes Difference in Marshfield
Facts About International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking
Intl Day against Drug Abuse State policy to deal drug abuse on the anvil
Time to double down on drug prevention
Heroin use in U.S. reaches "alarming" 20-year high
Two new reports highlight huge spikes in both heroin and opioid painkiller abuse
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
Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle
The Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle is designed to work with any standard blood collection tube holder on the market and offers a unique internal blunting technology that is integral to the needle itself. This device blunts while inside the patient's vein, eliminating exposure to the sharp upon needle exit. In a study performed by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, the Punctur-Guard Blood Collection Needle reduced needle sticks by 76%; the highest rate of any device studied!
 
IN THE NEWS
ARE YOU COMPLYING WITH THE EU SHARPS DIRECTIVE?
The EU Sharps Directive took effect on 11 May, 2013. Are you complying? Mölnlycke Health Care can help you fulfil the requirements of the EU Sharps Directive and offer the support you need to ensure that your workplace is the safest it can be from needlestick and other sharps injuries. From the Biogel® range of surgical gloves and its innovative puncture-indication system to the availability of safety components as a part of ProcedurePak® trays to the overall commitment to safety and efficiency, Mölnlycke Health Care can be a partner in helping you achieve full compliance with the EU Sharps Directive.
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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 >
DENTISTRY ON THE SQUARE DR MARK SKIMMING TALKS ABOUT THE DENTAL PHOBIA: NEEDLES
Certified Dentist, Dr Mark Skimming Talks About The Dental Phobia
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ANALYSIS OF 1976 EBOLA OUTBREAK HOLDS LESSONS RELEVANT TODAY
With the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa reviving interest in the first outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever 40 years ago...
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ILLEGAL DUMPING DIFFICULT FOR TOWNS TO MANAGE, AS NEEDLES MAKE CLEANUP DANGEROUS
Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins stopped his car and looked out the window at a sectional couch. "A couple weeks ago, this was not here," he said.
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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.
 
6 BEST INJECTION PRACTICES FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY
Safe and effective injection practices are a cornerstone of any facility's infection prevention processes.
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CHOOSING MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT: 9 THINGS SURGERY CENTERS MUST KNOW
Surgery centers produce a wide range of medical waste, so it’s especially important to select a medical waste disposal company that can handle it all.
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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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GUIDANCE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To Be Used By Healthcare Workers during Management of Patients with Confirmed Ebola or Persons under Investigation (PUIs) for Ebola who are Clinically Unstable or Have Bleeding, Vomiting, or Diarrhea in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Donning and Doffing PPE
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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.

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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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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QLICKSMART SNAPIT

QLICKSMART SnapIT
Qlicksmart SnapIT is a simply safer way to open glass ampoules, avoiding the unacceptable painful injuries which could be quite serious at times. This easy-to-use multi-use ampoule opener reduces the risk of sustaining a sharps injury by keeping hands out of harm’s way.


 

SnapIT is simple, safe and cost effective as it is reusable and comes in different sizes compatible with different ranges of ampoule sizes.

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CDC IDENTIFIES 220 US COUNTIES MOST VULNERABLE TO OUTBREAKS OF HIV AND HEPATITIS C
CDC identifies 220 US counties most vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C
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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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