Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 19, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
3 tips to improve nurse safety
AORN Responds to ACS Statement on Attire
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently released a statement on operating room attire that has stimulated discussion in the perioperative nursing community. In response to numerous calls from members and nonmembers, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has reviewed the ACS statement in detail to compare all available evidence to the statement and provide perioperative team members with the information necessary to achieve high quality safe patient care.
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
Immunotherapy can treat HIV, new study claims
Here's Why HIV Rates Aren't Going Down for People of Color
5 Tips to Bridge the Gap With Your HIV Health Care Team
Was Charlie Sheen Right? NYC Health Official Demetre Daskalakis Backs ‘Negligible’ HIV Transmission Claim
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
FDA tests confirm hepatitis A in scallops from Philippines
Health Alert: Increased hepatitis A risk at Va. Tropical Smoothie Cafes
Health officials advise people who drank strawberry Tropical Smoothies to watch for hepatitis A symptoms
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
West Nile activity has jumped in Southland, but still remains below rest of Cook County
West Nile Virus confirmed near Bloomington
ZIKA VIRUS
The Zika Virus in South Florida
Zika Speads in Florida, Infects 5 in Miami Beach
Florida confirms new Zika transmissions in Miami Beach
Zika Virus Travel Caution Extends to All of Miami-Dade County
Up to 270 microcephaly cases expected in Puerto Rico due to Zika: officials
Florida Governor Confirms Zika Transmission In Miami Beach
Officials warn of rampant spread of ‘head-shrinking’ virus in US territory Puerto Rico
A HEALTH expert has warned he expects one in four people in the US territory of Puerto Rico to be infected with the Zika virus before the year's end. The Caribbean island has reported 1,914 new cases of the disease in the last week, and there are said to be 10,690 cases there altogether.
Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say
Florida’s health department held conversations with public officials Thursday to alert them that a new area of Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, the heart of Miami-Dade’s tourism industry.
Zika infection may affect adult brain cells
Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University...
Another Zika case reported outside Miami's transmission zone
Three more people in Florida have tested positive for Zika caused by local mosquitoes, including another person who does not live in the one-square-mile (2.6-square-km) area believed to be the hub of local transmission, state officials said on Friday. Florida now has 28 cases of non-travel-related Zika
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
NEW JERSEY DENTIST FACING CLASS-ACTION MALPRACTICE SUIT
It's rare that a visit to the dentist turns into a life-altering and potentially fatal event. However, that's what's happened for 15 people who went to a New Jersey dentist for oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth extraction. One is dead and nearly a dozen others had to have heart surgery -- all because of a bacterial infection they reportedly picked up in the dentist's office. State health authorities believe there may be more cases that have yet to be linked to the dentist.
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BUDD LAKE ORAL SURGEON SUED AFTER PATIENTS DEVELOP HEART INFECTIONS
An oral surgeon with practices in Budd Lake and Parsippany has agreed to implement better sanitary practices after a state investigation found that 15 of the surgeon’s patients had developed a heart infection including one who died in surgery.  The surgeon, Dr. John Vecchione, also is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered from an endocarditis infection after undergoing oral surgery. The suit was filed by the Lynch Law Firm of Hasbrouck Heights.
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THE LATEST OVERDOSE OUTBREAK SHOWS JUST HOW DANGEROUS THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC HAS GOTTEN
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that police in Huntington, W.Va., responded to 26 heroin overdose cases in a span of four hours on Monday evening.  To get a sense of the scale of the outbreak, consider this: Huntington is a small city with a population of about 49,000 people, according to the Census Bureau. An overdose outbreak of similar magnitude in New York City (population 8.4 million) would affect more than 4,400 people.
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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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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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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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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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drugs now kill more people than car accidents >
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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