Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 8, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Nullawarre district man Matthew Wallace back in court but likely to be resentenced in August
Five common viruses you may already have
House Bill 972 proposes legalizing needle exchange programs
Elizabeth Lynne on prevention from sharp injuries
Proposal for a Council directive implementing the Framework Agrement on prevention from sharp injuries...
5 Steps to Safer Sharps HandlingThese precautions limit risks of sticks and cuts.
New Rules for Needles in Healthcare
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is bringing in new regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other sharp items to people involved,,,
HIV
It's no longer an epidemic, but AIDS and HIV still kill in Australia
As HIV patients get older, the drugs that saved them are now wreaking havoc
In Cebu, kids suffer as drugs fuel an HIV epidemic
HIV epidemic, a blast from past that entered future
India has around 21 lakh HIV infected patients : Government
Doctor claims he can cure HIV/AIDS in five days
Get tested for HIV if you are pregnant
Does Hillary Clinton Have HIV Commitment Issues?
Anti-HIV pill may not be reaching those most at risk
HIV in the United States
CDC estimates that 1,218,400 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 (12.8%) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level—particularly among certain groups.
Nearly 2,000 young women are infected with HIV every week in SA
Government says the country has made great strides in the fight to combat HIV over the years.
'SA has most number of HIV infections globally'
Government says over R20 billion is spent a year to fight HIV and Aids in the country.
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
Court paves way for Medicaid patients to get costly hepatitis C treatment
Food Handler at Pizza Works in Custer, SD has Hepatitis A
Coverage expands for costly hepatitis C drugs
Medicare Spending on Hepatitis-C Drugs More than Doubled
Hepatitis kill more people than AIDS
We now have upper hand on hepatitis C
Cluster of 31 Hepatitis A cases under investigation in Hawaii
Hepatitis-Related Deaths On The Rise, Toll Rivals AIDS, Tuberculosis And Malaria Fatalities: Report
World Hepatitis Day- July 28th 2016
In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.
WEST NILE
Zika is making headlines, but West Nile virus may be more prevalent this year
West Nile Virus Found Present in Mosquitoes in Santa Cruz County; Infection Details, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
West Nile activity yet to be documented this year in historical hot spot
West Nile detected in Redwood City, Atherton
First West Nile Case Reported in Carson City-Douglas County Area for 2016
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Japan starting to view drug abuse as disease needing long-term care
Anti-substance abuse group holds track meet at Warren G. Harding
Felton youth summit dispels myths about substance abuse
Braintree coalition relaunched to seek federal funding for substance abuse prevention
Sidney forum aims to solve substance-abuse problem
Heroin Tore My Family Apart—and Stole Two of My Sons From Me
One mom reveals how she found hope despite her unimaginable situation—and what she wants all mothers to know about heroin and opioid addiction.
Overdose death rate 12 times higher among newly released inmates
Inmates of Ontario correctional facilities are 12 times more likely than the general public to die of a drug overdose within the first year following their release from incarceration, say researchers, who believe concrete interventions are needed...
EBOLA
Regina's General Hospital cleared after Ebola scare
In Sierra Leone: A snapshot of life after Ebola
Drug trial to eliminate Ebola traces in semen opens in Liberia
What The Brexit And Ebola Crises Have In Common
Ebola Deaths: Failure Of States
Ebola Study to Test New Drug in Men Whose Semen Harbors Virus
Quick, early test for ebola could prevent epidemics
Sierra Leone's post-Ebola music festival
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
MANAGEMENT OF ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK INJURY IN CHILDREN
From a practical point of view, several unsolved issues have emerged regarding the management of the children with needlestick injury...
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NEVADA PRISONS ENDING SEGREGATION OF HIV-POSITIVE INMATES
Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, the Nevada prison system will no longer apply segregation policies that deny inmates...
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PHOBIAS IN DENTISTRY
Definition of Dental Fear: It is the Fear of Dentistry and fear in specific of receiving dental care. Visiting a Dentist has been a thing of fear for most of...
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WILL THERE BE NO MORE NEEDLES AT THE DENTIST SOON?
A new study reveals how a dentist could give you an anesthetic using a tiny electric current instead of a needle. The study was published in Colloids and
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THE HUMAN FACE OF THE EU SHARPS DIRECTIVE - PART TWO
Often lost in the bureaucracy and layers of text that come with the implementation of directives are the personal experiences of healthcare
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DIALYSIS BECOMES LESS PAINFUL AND SAFER FOR CKD WITH NEW SINGLE NEEDLE OPTION. ALREADY FDA APPROVED.
A member of the KidneyBuzz.com Team came across a blog post which detailed a Dialysis patient's experience with the new Single Needle Dialysis Technology, NxStage Medical Inc.'s OneSite.
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HEALTH CARE WORKER SAFETY IS A GROWING ISSUE IN CANADA
While no one enjoys getting blood work done, few of us realize the health care workers taking our blood may well be risking their own health each time they handle a needle.
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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.

GLOVES…
Yeah, this post is about gloves. I'm going to revisit this...not wearing gloves when starting a peripheral IV.. Then there's the extreme, when healthcare providers wear gloves for everything like taking your blood pressure and temperature!
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HOSPITAL REDUCES MRSA RATES BY 42% WITH ELECTRONIC HAND HYGIENE MEASUREMENT
A first-of-its-kind study now in press in the American Journal of Infection Control shows a direct correlation between using data from the DebMed®
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LAKEMOOR DENTAL FINED $53,900 BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has found Lakemoor Dental locations in Lakemoor and Hainesville failed to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens
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FIGHT AGAINST YELLOW FEVER HURT BY SHORTAGE OF SYRINGES
A shortage of syringes is hampering plans to vaccinate people in Democratic Republic of Congo against a yellow fever epidemic despite the arrival of more than one million doses of vaccine, health officials say.
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U.S. SUES MCDONALD’S OPERATOR OVER FIRING WORKER FOR HAVING HIV
The U.S. EEOC said on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit accusing the operators of a McDonald's of firing a worker because he was HIV-positive.
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A REGULATORY RIGHT TURN BECOMES A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FOR PHARMAJET
The PharmaJet Needle-Free Injector delivers vaccines either intramuscularly or subcutaneously by means of a narrow, precise fluid stream that delivers the medicine or vaccine through the skin.  On first glance it seemed like everything they’d created after five-plus years of labor and late nights could disappear over a cliff. Heather Potters was telling a group of eighty entrepreneurs at the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial, Colorado about PharmaJet‘s “regulatory right turn.” Her presentation fit into the TiE Rockies “Catalyzing Innovation” series, a set of talks designed to guide entrepreneurs with advice and wisdom from the trenches. Potters co-founded PharmaJet, a privately-held company that designs and makes a needle-free medical device for injections.
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BEST PRACTICES FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial component of preventing disease transmission in the dental setting. When appropriate PPE is selected and used as intended, it prevents patient body fluids and operative debris from contacting a clinician's skin and mucous membranes. This is especially important in dentistry, where potentially infectious droplets and aerosols that may contain blood and saliva are generated during the use of ultrasonic scalers, air/water syringes, and dental handpieces. Additionally, selecting the appropriate PPE for handling potentially contaminated instruments, equipment, and operatory surfaces is critical. In at least two instances over the past several years, bloodborne disease transmission has been linked to dental procedures.
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MEMPHIS DENTIST SUSPENDED, DOCUMENTS DETAIL UNSANITARY CONDITIONS AT OFFICE
A Memphis dentist has had his license suspended and his office has been shut down.
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MCDONALD'S WORKER FIRED 'FOR BEING HIV POSITIVE' SUES FAST FOOD CHAIN
LAWSUIT: A former McDonald's employee claims he was sacked because he was HIV-postive
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REJECT SYRINGES COULD CAUSE 'PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER'
Drug users are rejecting a new batch of syringes in Australia's needle exchange programs, saying they're too blunt and that the tips are snapping off in people'
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FDA REQUESTS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO ADDRESS DATA GAPS FOR CONSUMER HAND SANITIZERS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule requesting additional...
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QLICKSMART BLADEFLASK

 

Qlicksmart BladeFLASK is the world’s pioneering single-handed blade remover to prevent injuries from removing scalpel blades.  BladeFLASK is simple to use with a quick “push, click, and pull” action to remove and contain used scalpel blades. Used together with a hands-free passing technique, BladeFLASK can prevent up to 5 times more injuries than a safety scalpel. This easy-to-use solution provides a low cost alternative to safety scalpels for all scalpel users. Qlicksmart’s single-handed BladeFLASKs have safely removed over 70 million contaminated scalpel blades, and have prevented up to 150,000 injuries around the world. 
 
KNOWLEDGE AREA AROUND EU SHARPS DIRECTIVE
Knowledge area featuring information, background and articles about EU Sharps Directive compliance
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HAZARDS OF USING RE-USABLE EYEWEAR
When you are in a clinic or operating room, exposure to infectious or contaminated body fluids is going to happen, it's inevitable.  As a responsible medical professional, your goal is not only to take precautions to avoid it from happening, but also to minimize the risk of contamination and infection.  This means protecting vulnerable areas where the potential for such infection is high. You take care to cover your hands with gloves and any cuts you may have with protective materials.  You do the same for your mouth and nose, so it only makes sense that you should be taking the same care to protect your eyes. Eye splatter protection and care should have a place in your pre-patient routine.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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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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