Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 29, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Government Mandates for Safety Mechanism of Syringes Favor Market Growth
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Dirty dentist may have exposed patients...
More than 3,000 people may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis at Memphis dentist office
Sharps Safety 101 - Sharps related injuries are unfortunately still too common. Prevention and training are key factors to mitigating risk.
According to the CDC, there are approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries to hospital-based healthcare personnel each year, which is why sharps safety is one of the top concerns in the medical community. On November 6, 2000, President Clinton signed The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (H.R. 5178), which codifies and strengthens federal OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
HIV
Hepatitis B and HIV bug may come free with your cool tattoo
This man is battling both HIV and Hepatitis
The Ethics of HIV Cure Trials
Study Says Indiana’s HIV Outbreak Was Preventable
This HIV Statistic Brought Up At The DNC Might Shock You, But It’s Nothing New
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.
182 HIV patients in Maharashtra infected through blood transfusion
MUMBAI: In last one and half year, 182 people have been infected HIV during blood transfusion.
Public health minister Dr Deepak Sawant in his written reply to a starred question in the legislative council said that there are 182 infected with HIV by blood transfusion. He referred a report submitted to National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) by integrated counselling and testing centres (ICTC).
Nurse seeks HIV compensation after needle jab
A nurse says she is still battling to be properly compensated after she contracted HIV 13 years ago from a needle injury
HIV criminalisation on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa
Globally, 72 countries have adopted laws that specifically allow for HIV criminalisation, either because the law is specific to HIV, or because it names HIV as one (or more) of the diseases covered by a broader law. This total increases to 101 jurisdictions when the HIV criminalisation laws in 30 of the states that make up the United States are counted individually.
HEPATITIS
Latest hepatitis A case: Hawaii Kai Costco bakery worker
Hepatitis: The health threat we are ignoring
World Hepatitis Day: how to avoid a disease that affects millions worldwide
Amitabh Bachchan for higher public spending to prevent Hepatitis B
Today is 'World Hepatitis Day'
Hawaii Kai Costco bakery employee confirmed to have hepatitis A
UK health service under fire over access to hepatitis C drugs
World Hepatitis Day 2016: Know hepatitis - Act now
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016 is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis and urge partners and Member States to support the roll-out of the first Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021, which was approved during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016.  The new strategy introduces the first-ever global targets for viral hepatitis. These include a 30% reduction in new cases of hepatitis B and C, and a 10% reduction in mortality by 2020.
52 million Indians have hepatis
Viral hepatitis has been recognized as a serious public health problem in India by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with over 52 million people infected with chronic hepatitis in the country.
WEST NILE
Agents go door to door in campaign to squash West Nile virus in LA County
Rare West Nile virus cases found in Sacramento region
West Nile virus found in Middletown
West Nile Danger Expected To Be High This Summer
ZIKA VIRUS
The potential Zika virus outbreak in Florida, explained in less than 600 words
Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
A number of tennis players dismiss risk of Zika exposure at Rio Olympics as minimal
FDA temporarily halts blood donation in two Florida counties over Zika fears
Florida investigates two more Zika cases in people who haven't traveled
Review: ‘Zika’ Tracks the Trajectory of an Epidemic
New Analysis Shows Fewer Than 100 Zika Cases Will Likely Result From the Olympics
Zika's unrelenting march across the Americas: 'An emergency that we need to address'
In the nearly six months since Zika was declared a global public health emergency, the virus has continued its unrelenting march across the Americas, spreading to more than 40 countries and territories and stirring panic among pregnant women and their families. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said four patients in Florida were likely infected with Zika by local Aedes species mosquitoes — the first evidence of mosquito-borne transmission in the continental United States. The virus, which can also be spread sexually, was already circulating in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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
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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FOCUS:CAN SAN DIEGO, OTHER COUNTIES END HIV INFECTIONS?
San Diego County is among a growing number of communities nationwide to begin championing a goal that would have seemed downright audacious a few years ago.
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HEMATYPE SEGMENT DEVICE-ENSURE THE SAFETY OF BLOOD SAMPLING
In today’s world, people are suffering from different ailments and diseases. Many times doctors suggest a blood test to be done to be sure about the eruption of the problem. Blood bank lab technicians have to perform various tests using different apparatus. One of the important devices used is Hematype Segment Device. It is an apparatus that reduces the risk of cross-contamination of the blood samples. It helps the technician to safely draw blood from blood bag tubing segments. Blood could be drawn by safely piercing unit blood segments. 
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HORROR AS WOMAN FINDS HYPODERMIC NEEDLE INSIDE PORK AFTER IT CUT THE INSIDE OF HER MOUTH
The Thai diner had bought her snack from a market stall near her home before discovering the spike
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PROTECTING THE WORKFORCE FROM ZIKA
Although the Zika virus has been in the news for much of 2016, many questions remain about the different ways it can be transmitted.
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SAFE INJECTION GUIDELINES FOR NEEDLE AND SYRINGE USE
Standard IX of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice states that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) shall take precautions “to minimize the risk of infection to the patient, the CRNA, and other healthcare providers.
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A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN
Johannesburg - 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.“Exhausted, I sustained a needle-stick injury of a high-risk HIV patient. “The stress, the ARVs and everything that went with it could have easily been avoided if I was not already seeing double after working such long hours.”  Signed, anonymous.
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STUDY SAYS INDIANA’S HIV OUTBREAK WAS PREVENTABLE
The study points to a lack of healthcare, HIV testing and clean needles as factors that contributed to the outbreak.
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FLUMIST VACCINE INEFFECTIVE, CDC SAYS
For students who get their flu vaccines at schools across Columbus and Worthington, the nasal spray will not be an option this year. Columbus Public Health, which offers vaccines at its clinic and at public and private schools in Columbus and Worthington, will not buy FluMist this year after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel recommended against using the vaccine.
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WHO TO LAUNCH INJECTION SAFETY PROJECT IN INDIA ON WORLD HEPATITIS DAY
MUMBAI: World Health Organization is launching an `Injection Safety Project' in India on World Hepatitis Day, along with guidelines to scale up treatment and care of Hepatitis. Hepatitis is preventable and treatable, but continues to be an acute public health challenge globally, and in south-east Asian countries.
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CHINA'S MEDICAL WASTE FOUND ON LANTAU BEACH
Concern groups said today that large amounts of medical waste that appeared to be from the mainland are washing up on a Lantau beach – posing a health risk to residents. 
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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.

RE-USE OF SYRINGES CAN CAUSE HEPATITIS: HEALTH EXPERT
The re-use of syringes by health care providers for common ailments are main reasons for the rapid spread of the Hepatitis viral infections, Medical Expert, Dr. M Rehan Uppal said on Monday.  Talking to PTV news, Dr. Rehan urged the medical practitioners to avoid administering injections to patients as far as possible to save them from falling victim to the deadly disease. There is a need to create awareness against such practices, not only among the people, but also paramedics and other health officials, said Dr Rehan.
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SHOULD MORE SURGEONS SAY THEY'RE SORRY?
National guidelines suggest surgeons should fully disclose medical errors to patients and their family members, but a new report in JAMA Surgery says many physicians fail to fully discuss the details of surgical mishaps or apologize for their mistakes.
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DIRTY DENTISTS CAUSE HIV, HEPATITIS SCARE, ONE FACES £2M LAWSUIT
In this week’s edition of nimbyxNews: more dentists facing lawsuits and compensation claims, the risks of dental anesthesia on children, plus an inspiring neighborhood project that aims to spread the practice of good oral hygiene.
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FOR SURGEONS, TALKING ABOUT ADVERSE EVENTS CAN BE DIFFICULT: STUDY
Research suggests surgeons might be better off if they learn to quickly and directly explain what went wrong to the patient.
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A MEDICAL STUDENT DELAYS REPORTING HIS NEEDLESTICK. HERE’S WHAT HE LEARNED.
A few months ago, I was on my general surgery rotation on the colorectal service as a medical student. It was in the late afternoon that we started a case of a robotic rectopexy to repair a rectal prolapse. Our patient was a kind and warm 89-year-old woman. The operation finished without a hitch.
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SCHD: 3,500 DENTAL PATIENTS AT RISK OF HEPATITIS, HIV
The Shelby County Health Department said a dental clinic may have put patients at risk for several very serious viral infections.  Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) said its investigation started when a patient complained to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry and noted several breaches in sterile technique at the SPT Dental Clinic on Lamar Avenue.
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DO WORKING HOURS INFLUENCE NEEDLESTICK INJURY RATES?
The most recent work-hour restrictions were implemented in July 2011 for training physicians. The impact of these regulations on workplace injuries is not yet fully understood. Our goal is to determine the effect of the work-hour limitation on the rates of needlestick and eyesplash injuries.
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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. 
 
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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