Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 26, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick Safety Challenges Continue
Why Nurses ONLY Work 3 Days A Week
I've had a dirty needle stick with worries of getting hep C or HIV. Some days I don't get to eat or pee. And everyone is afraid to sign up to help ..
India is discarding needles but reusing syringes – and this is spreading disease
Both HIV and hepatitis spread through the use of unsafe injections.
How to Reduce Needlestick and Sharps Injuries - MLab
Here are several easy-to-implement solutions that can reduce occurrences of needlestick and sharps injuries.
Keeping Biohazard Waste out of the Environment
Have you ever sat in a doctor’s office waiting room anticipating your appointment and looked around? Before the nurse or doctor arrived, did you ever notice a trash can with a different colored bag, or a red plastic container with syringes in them? These are containers specifically made for discarding biohazard waste.  Biohazard waste is any waste that contains infectious substances, materials, or anything that can cause injury while handling. There are approximately four types of biohazard waste and specific ways to store and dispose of them:
HIV
Mariah Carey’s Estranged Sister Arrested for Prostitution, Police Concerned Due to HIV Status
HIV In NWA Rising, Advocacy Groups Working to Stop it
CDC Says: Homosexual Men are 2% of the Population but 55% of HIV Cases, 67% of New Cases!
HIV increases risk of age-related diseases
Telling JJ: A year after learning she has HIV, an 11-year-old has a breakthrough
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection
More than 15,000 Haitians aged 15 to 24 living with HIV
Friday, in order to contribute to the resolution of the problem of juvenilization of AIDS, MINUSTAH and UNAIDS in support of the Haitian government, has officially launched a project to mobilize youth...
Canada’s HIV disclosure law ‘unfair,’ say advocates calling for change
“To equate not disclosing one’s HIV status with the traditional understanding of aggravated sexual assault, we don’t think is fair,” said an advocate from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
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
Worker at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Northern Virginia is diagnosed with hepatitis A
More customers sue Tropical Smoothie Café after Hepatitis A exposure from Egyptian berries
'Pakistan doing nowhere enough to curb hepatitis deaths'
“Both the viruses also pose a risk to healthcare workers who sustain accidental needle stick injuries while caring for infected-hepatitis patients.
WEST NILE
West Nile Virus found in St. Joseph County
2nd West Nile Virus case confirmed in Garland
West Nile found in nine towns
West Nile Virus now 'widespread' in the Sacramento Valley
1st West Nile virus cases reported in 2 eastern Montana counties
ZIKA VIRUS
Tropical System Could Make Florida's Zika Fight Even Harder
A 47-Year-Old Malaysian Woman Is Singapore's First Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Victim
GDP, Zika, Health Care: Three Issues for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to Discuss
Amid Zika fears, Florida theme parks offer mosquito repellent
CDC Reports First Case of Zika Transmission From Person Without Symptoms
Singapore confirms first case of locally transmitted Zika virus
Inaction on Zika is a public health crisis: As the virus spreads, Congress pinches pennies
Baby born with Zika virus is medical mystery
FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.
People With No Symptoms of Zika Can Still Spread It Sexually
Experts confirm that the virus can spread between people who don't have symptoms. Researchers and health officials in Maryland are reporting a case of a man spreading Zika to a female partner, despite the fact he didn’t have any symptoms of the virus. Most cases of sexually transmitted Zika reported at this point have been spread by people who had signs of the virus. While experts have said it’s possible for someone without symptoms to spread the virus, such cases were not well documented until this point.
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!
More Zika in Florida, First Case in Hong Kong
Health officials in the southern U.S. state of Florida identified several new cases of local transmission of the Zika virus this week. And internationally, Hong Kong joined the list of areas affected by the widespread virus.Zika can also be transmitted sexually.
Singapore Confirms First Case of Locally Transmitted Zika Virus
Singapore has confirmed its first case of a locally-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly, a rare birth defect, in Brazil, the ..
FDA advises testing for Zika virus in all donated blood and blood components in the US
“There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion.”
IN THE NEWS
IS UNDEAD SMALLPOX REEMERGING FROM SIBERIAN GRAVES?
As if the news that resurrected anthrax from thawed-out reindeer wasn't bad enough, increasingly warming temperatures are prompting renewed fears that permafrost could thaw enough to unleash smallbox from remote Russian cemeteries.  As The Siberian Times reports, this year the permafrost melt has been three times more extreme than usual above the Arctic Circle, causing erosion near graveyards of a town where smallpox wiped out 40 percent of the population decades ago. Yet, some scientists argue that it's not the graves we should be worried about.
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COULD AN 1890S SMALLPOX OUTBREAK COME BACK TO HAUNT US?
 A video of scientists in hazmat suits incinerating animal carcasses in Siberia looks straight out of a movie about a virus taking down humanity, reports Vice News. The scariest part? Such a sight might soon become commonplace. That's because melting permafrost — which recently allowed anthrax to escape from a frozen reindeer carcass before the bacteria killed 2,300 reindeer and sent more than 100 people to hospitals — is also holding smallpox, which killed up to 30% of those infected before it was eradicated around the world in 1977, per the Independent.
 
A researcher tells the Siberian Times up to 40% of residents of a Siberian town died in a 1890s smallpox epidemic and "were buried under the upper layer of permafrost, on the bank of the Kolmya River." Now "Kolmya's floodwaters have started eroding the banks."  Experts say they've already found bodies with smallpox-like sores along with fragments of the virus's DNA.
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D.A. HENDERSON LED GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO WIPE OUT SMALLPOX
‘Disease detective’ deployed a ragtag army of 150,000 from Brazil to Bangladesh
D.A. Henderson, an American medical doctor sometimes described as a disease detective, led the successful global battle to eradicate smallpox in the 1960s and 1970s. His marshaling of as many as 150,000 workers and volunteers from Brazil to Bangladesh was a triumph of management and improvisation.  Tall and broad-shouldered, he stated his views forcefully, focused on getting things done and could be a bit scary, said Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Henderson died Aug. 19 at a hospice in Towson, Md. He was 87 and had recently broken a hip. 
 
A scourge for more than 3,000 years, smallpox killed an estimated two million people a year for much of the 20th century.  Victims’ skin erupted with rock-hard pustules. The 19th century British historian Thomas Macaulay wrote that smallpox made “the eyes and cheeks of the betrothed maiden objects of horror to her lover.” Survivors were left scarred and sometimes blinded.
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KID FINDS SYRINGE OUTSIDE N.J. DAYCARE CENTER
Reports say that the child may have poked two others with the needle.
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KID POKES CLASSMATES WITH SYRINGE FOUND NEAR DAYCARE PLAYGROUND, POLICE CONFIRM
The two children were treated and ok, police said.
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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.

COST OF EPIPEN - THE SCANDAL & HOW TO GET EPINEPHRINE CHEAPER
If you are dealing with a life-threatening allergy, you know how the cost of epipen has skyrocketed. Here's why and what to do about it.
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HIV NEEDLE ATTACK WOMAN WITH HIV JABBED BOY WITH NEEDLE FILLED WITH HER BODY FLUIDS AFTER HE FLUSHED HER DRUGS DOWN TOILET’
A HIV infected woman who stuck a 12-year-old boy with a hypodermic needle filled with her “body fluids” after he flushed her stash down the toilet is facing jail.  Jacqueline O’Neil “culpably and recklessly” pricked the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with the needle at her home in Dundee.
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NEEDLESTICK INJURY BEYOND THE NEEDLESTICK SAFETY AND PREVENTION ACT - IVTEAM
To describe the use of mandated safety engineered sharps devices (SESDs) and personal protective equipment in healthcare workers (HCWs) with occupational ...
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MUST-READ: WOMAN GETS INFECTED WITH HIV AFTER SHARING MANICURE EQUIPMENT
Share this on WhatsApp It is common knowledge that HIV is transmitted through three ways: blood transfusion, needle sharing and se.xual intercourse. But this woman contracted the disease in a ver
http://36trends.com/must-read-woman-gets-infected-hiv-sharing-manicure-equipment/
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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. 
 
CDC CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FLORIDA IN RESPONSE TO ZIKA OUTBREAK
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has and will continue to provide support to Florida to address the Zika outbreak. CDC experts in
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IS IT SAFE FOR NURSES TO BLOW THE WHISTLE?
When they see incidences of poor care or patient safety issues, nurses and other health professionals have a duty to raise concerns, but this may present personal risks
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ALCOHOLIC, 49, LUNGED AT MCDONALD'S SECURITY GUARD WITH NEEDLE
ALCOHOLIC Thomas Robinson threatened to stab a security guard with a needle inside a town centre fast food outlet. The 42-year-old was inside a disabled toilet at McDonald's, Newcastle
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CHECKCLIP MEDICATION LABELING
The Qlicksmart CheckCLIP is a medication labe
lling 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. 
 
 
USING INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS TO IMPROVE PPE COMPLIANCE
Using Institutional Controls to Improve PPE Compliance | Needlestick | Scoop.it
From www.infectioncontroltoday.com - August 24, 11:30 AM
According to 2014 occupational incident surveillance data from nearly 30 U.S. hospitals, when an employee experiences a splash or splatter of blood or body
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LITTER, DEBRIS, SHARPS ETC REMOVAL & DISPOSAL
When it comes to litter, debris, sharps etc removal & disposal, it is important these items are cleaned up & disposed of properly.
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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.
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