Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 12, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Yarmouth County syringe dumpsite cleaned up
Global Disposable Syringes Players Need to Prepare for Influx of Injectable Drugs, reports TMR
A medical student delays reporting his needlestick. Here’s what he learned.
Review of work-related injuries indicates high rate of needlestick injury
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are at serious risk for work-related injuries (WRIs) during work hours. Both EMTs and paramedics have h
Needlestick injuries among persons with no presumed risk
This study identified persons without presumed risk (PWPR) involved in accidents with blood and body fluids in 2 health care facilities between 1989 ...
Santa Cruz needle report: 224 found in public spaces
According to a new report, 224 used hypodermic needles were found in public spaces around Santa Cruz County during the past month.  The Take Back Santa Cruz Needles Solutions Team reported 84 needles were found by the public and 140 by city workers over a 30-day period ending August 8, 2016.
 
The report lists several incidents where a person was stuck by a needle. A Junior Lifeguards instructor stepped on a needle near lifeguard tower 2 at Main Beach. The group says it was the second needle stick injury at a Jr. Guards event this year. Previously, a 15-year-old with Twin Lakes Jr. Guards was stuck.
4 steps to prevent employee injuries and illnesses in your dental practice
No one wants to get hurt on the job, or have to face a workers' compensation claim. How can you keep your dental office safe for everyone? Chances are you became a dentist or dental professional to help others maintain and improve their oral health, not because you wanted to run a business. But dental offices are small businesses, and knowing how to foster a safe work environment is an important part of running a successful practice.
. Sharps injuries are among the most common in dental practices, as they put the injured worker at risk for exposure to bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
HIV
Sheen urges other HIV-positive stars to come forward
This gay Chinese man passed on his HIV infection to his wife. But she doesn't know that.
PEOPLE WHO test for HIV MORE LIKELY TO LIVE LONGER
See the beautiful lady living with HIV who has refused to be limited by her status (Photos)
HIV/AIDS In 2016: Reflections From Durban
More new HIV cases were reported in the Philippines in June than ever before
A Reminder From Orlando That We Still Must Fight HIV
Woman with HIV 'deliberately stuck syringe of body fluids into 12-year-old boy'
Jacqueline O'Neil, 32, denies assaulting the child and stabbing him in the hand during the incident in Dundee in July last year
Bayer and US Govt. Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children
What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react?
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
Chinese scientists claim possible breakthrough in HIV, hepatitis cure
Hepatitis Foundation defends sharp rise in expenses
DOH Continues Tracking Source of Hepatitis A Outbreak
Ghana Armed Forces Begins Hepatitis Campaign
Hepatitis B and C dangerous for eyes
Asian American health groups trying to curb hepatitis
Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak May be Linked to Food
Indonesia must improve hepatitis awareness, experts say
WARNING: Children at risk of getting HIV and Hep C from dangerous ILLEGAL tattoo artists
Unlicensed tattooists often use cheap equipment bought online to offer makeshift tattoos in from their homes.  Councils have warned the tattoo artists - known as ‘scatchers’ target children and adults with their low prices. The illegal tattooists risk spreading diseases including HIV and hepatitis, because of the dirty equipment.
WEST NILE
Woman diagnosed with West Nile in Benton County
West Nile precautions "some has been found in our area"
When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't
Risk for West Nile virus 'higher than usual' in LA County
Elderly Benton County woman tests positive for West Nile
West Nile virus detected in six areas in LA County
ZIKA VIRUS
Zika Cases Rise in Miami, and Officials Try to Soothe Fears
Death of infant in Texas linked to Zika: state health officials
Zika linked to baby joint deformities
Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns
Four more cases of Zika in Miami
Study links Zika virus to joint problems in babies
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
NEEDLESTICKS: AVOIDING THE HAZARD
During her second day on the job, the newly minted RN was tending to a febrile patient in the ICU and preparing to give him a shot of insulin.
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IMA RECOMMENDS SYRINGES THAT CAN'T BE REUSED
The reuse of syringes is leading to diseases that are raising the national cost of health care.
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PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR BLOOD CLEANUP
Using, storing and removing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can help ensure you don't contract a bloodborne pathogen like HIV or Hepatitis B and ...
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PARADISE DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES (PDT) INTRODUCES SCALPEL HANDLE WITH EJECTABLE BLADE
The new Scalpel Handle with Ejectable Blade from Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT) eliminates the need to touch the blade, helping to prevent sharps injuries.
Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT) Inc. has introduced the new Scalpel Handle with Ejectable Blade to its line of handcrafted surgical instruments. A single-motion sliding action ejects the blade, eliminating the need to touch the blade and protecting against sharps injuries. Handcrafted in Germany with surgical steel, the handle features an ergonomic grip and easily dissembles for cleaning and sterilization.
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9 TIPS FOR PREVENTING INFECTION IN THE HOSPITAL
We can prevent infections in the hospital. With a few simple tips to cut back on nosocomial infections like C Diff (Clostridium difficile) and antibiotic resistant infections like MRSA.
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DENTIST AT CENTRE OF NHS RECALL 'SHOCKED' AT ALLEGATIONS OF MALPRACTICE
Read the latest Central stories, Dentist at centre of NHS recall 'shocked' at allegations of malpractice on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Central news
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THE US MILITARY HAS DECLARED WAR ON THE ZIKA VIRUS
It’s not as if Americans don’t have a growing menu of problems to worry about
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HEPATITIS A, ZIKA: VACCINATION CONFUSION AND HIRING DELAYS
Efforts to battle Oahu’s hepatitis A outbreak and prevent the spread of Zika to the islands are being hampered by confusion over vaccinations and delays in hiring vector control employees, Department of Health officials said Monday in a briefing for Hawaii legislators. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said during the hearing that the Hepatitis A outbreak has …
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ZIKA IS ‘GAME-CHANGER’ FOR OB-GYN DOCTORS IN FLORIDA
For many OB-GYN doctors in Florida, discussing Zika risks with patients has become a standard part of prenatal 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. 
 
SCRUBSAFE SHARPS TRANSFER DEVICE.
The ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device can be used to safely pass 99% of sharps between members of the operating theatre teams during surgery ensuring minimal...
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CULTURAL SHIFT CAN AID IMPROVEMENT IN DEPARTMENT-SPECIFIC HAND HYGIENE PRACTICES
Tolson and Friedewald reviewed a hand hygiene program, inclusive of audit methodology to measure compliance, at a local health district in NSW, Australia.
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IMPACT OF WORK-RELATED STRESS ON NEEDLESTICK INJURY RATES - IVTEAM
The percentage of health workers reporting these injuries varies between 9 and 38% and the occurrence of NSI is most frequent among employees having close...
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THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY: 3D PRINTING AND OTHER INVENTIONS
The future of dentistry is facing some big challenges. Can the industry overcome them and continue to offer affordable, effective dental treatment to patients?
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HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ARE NOT MONITORING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY PERFORMANCE
Some 43 per cent of hospitals and community care facilities inspected by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) did not have systems in place for monitoring and reviewing their health and safety performance, according to the body’s Annual...
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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.

STUDY LINKS ZIKA VIRUS TO JOINT PROBLEMS IN BABIES
Many babies with the issue can't straighten arms and legs, leaving them disbled
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INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR PROTECTING WORKERS FROM OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ZIKA VIRUS
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can become infected when they bite infected persons and can then spread the Zika virus to other persons they subsequently bite. 
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CHECKCLIP MEDICATION LABELING
The Qlicksmart CheckCLIP is a medication labelling device which allows clinicians to draw up the drug with both the syringe and ampoule remaining in their hands at all times, which reduces the risk of both syringe swap and ampoule swap errors. The CheckCLIP is simple and quick to use, enabling a clear visual cross-checking of the medication details without obstructing the incremental dosage markings on the syringe. This significantly improves the tracking and identification of medications, and assists in compliance of the Five Rights of medication administration. Healthcare workers around the world have already embraced this highly-effective and cost-savings safety solution. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
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