Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 5, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
A medical student delays reporting his needlestick. Here’s what he learned.
Is Needle Recapping Necessary?
Have you asked scientists working in the labs at your institution if they have the need to recap needs rather than telling them that needle recapping is not allowed? It is simple to put a policy in place that says that needle recapping is not permitted, but there are certainly cases where the need to recap a needle cannot be avoided. These cases need to be properly evaluated and addressed.
 
The BMBL addresses recapping of needles, even at Biosafety Level 1, by stating that needles must not be recapped or removed from disposable syringes by hand prior to disposal. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard also states that needs must not be recapped, with few exceptions. Common sense says that needles should not be recapped to greatly reduce the risk of potential exposure.
Needlestick Injuries: What Is The Estimated Risk Of Disease Transmission And What You Should Do Next
What is the risk of infection after an occupational exposure? 
Dentist whose poor hygiene sparked NHS's biggest-ever recall of 22,000 patients now faces more than 50 allegations of malpractice
A whistleblower covertly filmed Desmond D’Mello’s poor hygiene practices - which led to 22,000 patients being offered precautionary blood tests.  Mr D’Mello, 62, was seen failing to change his gloves and not cleaning dental instruments between appointments in August 2014.
HIV
'I gave my child HIV': Mother reveals she felt so guilty she wanted to kill herself after her daughter was diagnosed with the disease when she was just nine
Aging HIV patients now face Alzheimer’s risk
Here’s What Was Missing From Hillary’s HIV Plan
HIV Spreading in Rural Counties Nationwide Due to Intravenous Drug Use
The Role of PrEP in HIV Prevention for Black Women: Power in Service
A Wearable HIV 'Trap' Is Helping Women In Africa Guard Against Infection
Meet the young man fighting to end HIV in Fulton
$1.4bn “Wasted” on African anti-HIV Program
Does Undetectable Mean Uninfectious? The Challenge of Explaining HIV Study Results
The accompanying editorial and press release to recent PARTNER study findings spark concerns from the Prevention Access Campaign.
HIV is 'not under control among most infected Americans'
Only 3 out of 10 Americans infected with HIV have the virus in check - furthermore, around two thirds of cases where HIV levels are out of control occur in people who have been diagnosed with the virus but are no longer in care.
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 reports outbreak of Hepatitis E virus in Sudan's Darfur
What Is Hepatitis A? 135 People Suffering From Virus In Hawaii, Outbreak On The Rise
Hepatitis B cases among state donors have doubled in last 4 years
How Hepatitis B, C Are Silently Killing India
What's the price of a hepatitis C cure?
Saving Nigerians from Hepatitis
World Hepatitis Day
WEST NILE
First cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Minnesota
Human case of West Nile in Weld County
More West Nile Virus In Dallas County
Health Department reports first human West Nile Virus case in NM in 2016
West Nile virus confirmed in Cayuga County
West Nile virus found in Bannock County
ZIKA VIRUS
Zika vaccines work in monkeys, raising hopes for humans
Spraying by air for mosquitoes, Florida steps up Zika fight
Obama: Zika Is 'Serious Threat to Americans'
Obama Tells Congress To 'Do Its Job' On Zika
Zika is Here. I'm Pregnant. What Should I Do?
Planning a family in the age of Zika
Zika vaccines show early promise
Trump Breaks Silence on Zika, Remains Mum on Federal Funds
Zika May Drive Athletes To Break Olympic Records
NIH Begins Testing Investigational Zika Vaccine in Humans
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine.
Zika hits home while Congress fiddles
U.S. mosquitoes are now spreading Zika. Congress needs to get off vacation and do its job.
In Miami, Zika’s arrival greeted with worry — and shrugs
In Miami, Zika’s arrival greeted with worry — and shrugs “I don’t think it is that serious,” one woman said. 
Spread of Zika, and cloud of fear, threatens Florida’s tourism way of life
The Zika virus presents an exceptional threat for Florida, where tourism is the bedrock of the Sunshine State's economy.
10 More Non-Travel Related Zika Cases Found In South Florida
Local and state health officials say they are doing all they can to combat the spread of the Zika virus but it's now up to Florida citizens to help hinder its spread.
What Employers Should Do to Protect RNs from Zika
Zika virus disease is an emerging mosquito-borne disease that has shown unusual propensity for other transmission pathways.
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
DOWN AND DIRTY
Cash- and staff-strapped facilities struggle to keep up with regulations and stay ahead of regulators when it comes to laundry and housekeeping operations.
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DOCUMENTS REVEAL PRIOR PROBLEMS WITH DENTIST AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY
More than 3,000 people may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis C and B after visiting an Orange Mound dentist. FOX13 first brought you this story weeks ago when the office was shut down.
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MANAGING THE RISKS OF THE HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN
“5 million children in Africa wake up with a parent alive because of what we do” - Imperial Health Sciences
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THESE ARE THE INCREDIBLE ADVANCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
From CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing to prevention with PrEP and a big new vaccine trial, the fight against HIV/AIDS has heated up in recent years.
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NEW ZIKA VACCINE: TESTING IN PEOPLE UNDERWAY IN US
A new vaccine against the Zika virus is being tested in people, and researchers said they hope to have early results by the end of the year.
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DOCUMENTS REVEAL PRIOR PROBLEMS WITH DENTIST AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY
More than 3,000 people may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis C and B after visiting an Orange Mound dentist. FOX13 first brought you this story weeks ago when the office was shut down.
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DESMOND D'MELLO: DENTIST FACES 56 MISCONDUCT CHARGES AT HEARING
Full details of the charges the dentist at the centre of the biggest patient recall in NHS history are released.
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NEW NANOTECHNOLOGY COULD MAKE DENTIST VISITS A THING OF THE PAST
Vocativ uses intelligent technology, smart journalists and the wisdom of the crowd to find story leads and angles no other news organization can.
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FIVE ENDURING QUESTIONS ABOUT ZIKA
Zika. It’s the microscopic mascot of the troubled Rio de Janeiro Olympics. It’s an inconvenient reminder of how globalization can affect public health. And for …
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OLYMPIANS ARE SERIOUSLY SCARED OF GETTING ZIKA
This is the Olympics of her discontent!   This Chinese gymnast is among the athletes working equally hard at prepping for the big games — and protecting themselves against Zika-spreading mosquitoes.   Mao Yi, 16, was spotted recently lying on her tent-enclosed bed in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to ward off the virus which has reached epidemic levels in Brazil and can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, in infected pregnant women. 
 
She is one of many athletes competing in the 2016 Summer Games, which kick off this Friday, who are taking extra precautions to avoid getting bitten by the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika.  The entire South Korean Olympic team is wearing Zika-proof outfits that have bug spray inside them. Some will also wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and jackets to further protect their bodies despite temperatures reaching 82 degrees on opening day. 
 
Australian athletes had similar long-sleeve shirts, but they were stolen during an evacuation of their building Friday.  “When I arrived midway through the evacuation, I saw three fire (marshals) walking out with our team shirts,” Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said. “I should take back 'fire marshals' — I don’t know who they were. They were not team members.”  And other world-class athletes ditched the Olympics altogether due to Zika fears. Pro golfers Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all skipped the 2016 showdown, citing concerns about Zika. "The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," Day said in a June statement. "I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life." 
 
Brazil is the epicenter of the worldwide outbreak, which has now spread to the US in a Miami suburb, and has had more than 8,000 new cases since March. 
Here's what all women need to know about Zika! >
CDC ISSUES HISTORIC TRAVEL WARNING OVER ZIKA IN MIAMI
The CDC issued an unprecedented travel warning on Zika on Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small Miami community.
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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.

WITH 10 NEW ZIKA CASES IN MIAMI, CDC ADVISES PREGNANT WOMEN TO AVOID WYNWOOD
Ten more people have contracted Zika from local mosquitoes in the same Miami neighborhood — Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District — identified with two local cases reported last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending in an emergency team to Miami to help.
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LIFE INSURANCE FOR THE HIV POSITIVE
Yes, you can get Life Insurance if you are HIV Positive. HIV + Life insurance is newly on the market and only available through select Financial Planners.
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BLOG: ARE YOUR PATIENT RE-USING INSULIN PEN DEVICE NEEDLES?
I wonder how many of you find that there are people using each needle on their insulin devices several times.
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REPLACING ILL WORKERS WITH HEALTHY ONES ACCELERATES SOME EPIDEMICS
When disease outbreaks occur, people with essential roles - healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers, for example - are typically up close...
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DOES UNDETECTABLE MEAN UNINFECTIOUS? THE CHALLENGE OF EXPLAINING HIV STUDY RESULTS
The accompanying editorial and press release to recent PARTNER study findings spark concerns from the Prevention Access Campaign
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2016 OSHA PACKAGE FOR PHYSICIANS DOWNLOAD
OSHA Compliance Manuals for Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians. OSHA Manuals at affordable prices. Minnesota, WISHA and CAL/OSHA Safety Plans.
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JOB STRESS AND NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: WHICH TARGETS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL INTERVENTIONS?
BackgroundNeedlestick injuries (NSIs) represent a major concern for the safety of health care workers involved in clinical care.
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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. 
 
THE OTHER SIDE OF WORKING IN A MEDICAL INDUSTRY
Healthcare workers are at risk for many health hazards as part of their work. These include allergies and problems that can arise from needles, blood, latex etc.
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WOMAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING MPD OFFICER TO HIV
Memphis police said a Mid-South woman bit an officer,therefore exposing him to HIV. According to the police report, two officers said they saw a 2007 Chrysler 300 with a drive out tag that expired more than two years ago. The driver, Dayton Smith, had a suspended license. She was unable to provide proof of insurance and was arrested.
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HOW TORADOL BECAME THE NFL'S FAVORITE PAINKILLER
Players have depended on Toradol injections to keep them on the field for two decades. Now, the NFL could be facing its next health crisis because of it.
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AMID WORST YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK IN DECADES, 1 MILLION VACCINES GO MISSING
As a yellow fever outbreak in central Africa exploded, 1 million vaccines disappeared in Angola. Thousands more vaccinations were delayed when accompanying...
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UN BUNGLES RESPONSE TO AFRICA'S YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK
The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than 6 million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about 1 million doses had mysteriously disappeared. Of the shipments that did make it to Angola, some vaccines were sent to regions with no yellow fever cases, while others arrived at infected areas without syringes. 
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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.

 
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