Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 22, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Top 10 patient safety issues in 2016, Nigerians beware
Bloodborne Pathogen Safety in the Workplace
This Bloodborne Pathogen Safety at Workplace mobile compatible course is designed to provide a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common
Safety with Sharps: Hazard Prevention, Work Practices, and PPE
Information on how to manage/handle sharps in your workplace
FDA OK's FoCo firm's needle-free dental anesthetic
If the fear of a giant needle piercing the roof of your mouth keeps you from the dentist, there's some relief in sight.   The FDA recently approved Kovanaze, the first needle-free dental anesthetic developed by Fort Collins-based bio-pharmaceutical company St. Renatus LLC.
 
Instead of a needle, Kovanaze is administered through a nasal spray and is effective on half the upper teeth in adults and children.
HIV
Taking anti-HIV pill as needed prevents infection
New global HIV infections plateau at 2.6 million per year
EXCLUSIVE: Court Records Reveal Tommy Morrison Boxed While HIV Positive For 7 Years
HIV Infections On The Rise In 74 Countries, Reveals Study
The Incredible New Advances in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
HIV Engineered Antibody Treatment Great For Cancer Patients, Too
A cure for HIV: what science knows, and what it doesn’t
Researchers warn of no quick HIV cure
HIV infection rates have barely dropped in the past 10 years
HIV/AIDS-related deaths are steadily declining, but global HIV infection rates have barely dropped.
Russia: Lack of HIV prevention fuels a rise in new infections
To reach Unaids 90-90-90 target, effective prevention strategies must be globally implemented.
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
UN: World Has Ignored Hepatitis at its Peril
Hawaii Hepatitis A cases up to 74; vaccine being redistributed
Baskin-Robbins workers harassed, business crippled over hepatitis A
WHO urges countries to take rapid action to reduce new infections, deaths from viral hepatitis
‘World has ignored hepatitis at its peril,’ warns UN health agency ahead of World Day
WHO Asks Member Countries To Boost Testing, Treatment For Hepatitis
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
Human case of West Nile virus found in Scotts Bluff County
Echo Park man struck with West Nile virus is first in LA County, sparking warnings
West Nile virus found at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
West Nile Virus Found in Peoria County
Beware West Nile danger as first case confirmed in Los Angeles
First positive West Nile case of the year confirmed in Peoria County
Positive West Nile tests reported in Hanover, Berwick Twp.
ZIKA VIRUS
ZIKA: Five virus cases confirmed in San Bernardino County
Rio 2016: Zika fears overblown, says Welsh sailor Hannah Mills
Concern about Zika Virus Reaches its Highest Point Among US OB/GYNs, According to New Data from InCrowd
Additional $5.6 million to fight Zika in Florida
In medical mystery, caregiver gets Zika from man who died
Tracking the Zika Virus Online: How Google Mapped the Start of an Outbreak
Concerned About Zika, More Top Tennis Players Are Skipping Olympics
Florida, CDC Looking Into Possible First Homegrown Zika Case
Needle stick infects lab worker with Zika virus
In another unusual twist in Zika developments, a woman experimenting with the virus in a laboratory contracted an infection after a needle stick injury, officials from Pennsylvania's Allegheny County reported today.
 
Meanwhile, experts from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) yesterday weighed in on genetically modified organisms, including mosquitoes, for battling public health threats such as Zika virus, saying the technology still needs more research and careful assessment before the new tools are deployed.
After Zika cases, Utah ramps up mosquito monitoring efforts
Mosquito abatement teams in Salt Lake City are stepping up efforts to trap and test mosquitoes and kill larvae following the discovery of a unique Zika case that has health investigators trying to figure how the man got the virus.
 
The types of mosquitoes that are responsible for large outbreaks in dozens of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are not typically found in Utah, but experts say they have not ruled out the possibility that the new Utah case came from a mosquito.
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!
 
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
ADAPT educates Airmen on dangers of soju
Addicted Arkansas: Prescription Drug Abuse
Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks
Alexandria: Dropping Off 320 Pounds of Drugs
Despite national efforts to fight addiction, states can tailor – and trim – programs
Community Connections raising money for Substance Abuse Prevention
Westwood receives Prevention of Substance Abuse grant
Exclusive: Jewish Drug Abuse/Overdose Prevention Program Warns About Deadly ‘K2’
Fighting Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Lamorinda Teens
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition seeks 18-25-year-olds for drug surveys
IN THE NEWS
OSHA WILL DRAMATICALLY INCREASE FINES AUGUST 1, 2016
In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  
 
OSHA's maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, will increase by 78%. Going forward, the agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.
 
The new penalties will take effect after August 1, 2016.  Any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.
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OSHA RELEASES INTERIM GUIDANCE ON PREVENTING OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ZIKA VIRUS | NATIONAL NURSES UNITED
OSHA has released interim guidance on preventing occupational exposure to Zika virus for outdoor and mosquito control workers as well as for healthcare and laboratory workers.
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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDER FAILS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES FROM RISKS OF BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
OSHA proposes fines of more than $290K to Altamont Ambulance Service
Federal safety and health investigators found Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. failed to follow specific guidelines to protect emergency healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards while providing patient care.
 
On July 6, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued five willful, 16 serious and three other-than-serious safety and health violations to the emergency medical service provider  with proposed penalties of $290,100. The agency opened inspections in January 2016, after receiving a complaint alleging violations of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen exposure and various other health and safety standards.
 
“OSHA has specific guidelines to protect healthcare workers who provide patient care,” said Aaron Priddy, OSHA’s area director for its Fairview Heights office. “Altamont Ambulance Service has a responsibility to protect both its patients and staff from injury and illness during procedures, and to keep its workers safe at its facility.”
 
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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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WHY HAVE NEARLY 200 PEOPLE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH HIV IN THIS TINY INDIANA TOWN?
The small town of Austin, Indiana, is now reporting 190 cases of HIV infection despite a population of jut 4,000.
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MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT AND OSHA COMPLIANCE
Tips to satisfy OSHA compliance requirements and train employees on bloodborne pathogens and hazardous waste with MedXwaste
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SURGEON AND STAFF SAFETY: LOST IN THE SHUFFLE
Does your OR team focus as much on its own safety as that of the patient's?
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ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY 270 CLINIC PATIENTS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO HEPATITIS B AND C
Up to 270 patients at a north-Edmonton medical clinic may be at risk of hepatitis B and C, Alberta Health Services warned Monday.
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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. 
 
EDMONTON CLINIC MAY HAVE EXPOSED DOZENS OF PATIENTS TO HEPATITIS B AND C
Up to 270 patients at a medical clinic in north Edmonton may be at risk of hepatitis B and C, Alberta Health Services officials warned Monday.
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THE ROLE OF INNOVATION TO PREVENT NEVER EVENTS - THE ACADEMY OF FABULOUS STUFF
Even doctors can make mistakes. It is part of human nature to be ridden with errors. Safe design solutions can …
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BLOOD DRAWS: A MANDATE TO IMPROVE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
Delivering higher quality, more compassionate healthcare at lower cost is a seminal challenge in healthcare today. While healthcare organizations around the country are implementing complex processes and technologies in attempts to achieve this often elusive goal, tremendous potential exists in "innovating around the obvious".
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IN MEDICAL MYSTERY, CAREGIVER OF ZIKA PATIENT GETS VIRUS
A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is a medical mystery, health officials announced Monday.
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31 REAL LIFE EYE SPLASH STORIES: IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
If you have never given eye splatter protection and care much thought, these real life stories from medical professionals are sure to change your mind.
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THIS WOMAN LOST HER EYE AFTER A ROUTINE TRIP TO THE DENTIST WENT HORRIBLY WRONG! SHE'S NOW CAMPAIGNING TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE.
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When you go to the dentist, you expect a little pain—having your teeth cleaned or getting a cavity filled isn’t what we’d call fun. For the most part, though, you probably don’t worry too much about these visits. They’re all pretty standard, right? This scary story may change your mind. 
 
One New Jersey woman ended up losing her eye when she went in for a routine procedure. What. The. Heck.
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8 PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF INFECTIONS IN DENTAL OFFICES
Spread of infections in dental offices can be prevented by following infection prevention practices. These standard practices are so designed so as to protect patients and dental personnel from potentially harmful infections. Contamination by air-route and contact (Transmission-Based) are considered at secondary level because a patient do not seek for a treatment in dental office when acutely ill.
 
Training and education is the principle element of standard precaution practice as they are helpful in complying with the recommended practices and making appropriate decisions.
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JUDGES ASK OTTAWA TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF TAINTED-BLOOD SCANDAL
Government unwilling to say it will give cash from one reserve to other hepatitis C victims dealing with depleted compensation
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CAMPAIGN FOR MEDICS' WORKING TIME TO BE LIMITED
One by one they pen their accounts, which read like multiple tragedies waiting to happen.
“At 34 weeks pregnant and doing a 24-hour shift, I drew blood on one of the last patients I was seeing.
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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.

KENYA: HEALTH WORKERS FACE RISK OF HIV INFECTION
Despite the risks, many health workers do not access medication that prevents the infections in good time nor do they adhere to them, a study reveals.
 
The survey titled Report on Occupational Exposure to Blood/Body Fluids and HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis in Health Care Facilities in Kenya (2011 - 2014) shows that despite the risk of potential exposure, "access and adherence to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection was sub optimal amongst the health workers."
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WOULD A SURGEON TELL YOU IF SOMETHING WENT WRONG DURING YOUR OPERATION?
When something goes awry during surgery, national guidelines recommend doctors and hospitals make a full disclosure to the patient and their family members. A new survey of surgeons in 12 specialty areas reveals that most follow at least some of the guidelines, but many fall short of offering a straight-out apology when a medical error occurs.
 
The study, published in JAMA Surgery, involved a web-based survey completed by more than 60 surgeons who worked at three Veterans Affairs medical centers.
 
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EX-OKLAHOMA DENTIST SENTENCED OVER HIV, HEPATITIS SCARE
Former Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to thousands of patients being tested for HIV and hepatitis sentenced to six months house arrest
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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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