|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||September 2, 2016|
|The Rare But Terrifying Times Students Were Pricked By Syringes|
|Oman generates 12 tonnes of medical waste daily: Averda|
Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety
Know the facts and protect your staff. - Sharps injuries aren't an unavoidable rite of passage for surgical personnel anymore. They're a potentially life-changing, career-threatening hazard, and they're entirely preventable. The following quiz can help your facility create a culture of sharps safety.
How to Conduct a Safety Sharps Trial
Yes, you can get your docs to (at least) trial and (possibly) use safety sharps. You never forget your first needlestick. Mine? I was rushing to recap a syringe. The needle slipped while I was pushing the cap on. It tore through my glove and pierced the tip of my finger. It wasn't a deep puncture, but I got woozy thinking about all the horrible things that could happen.
I was relieved when the blood tests came back negative, but I also had a new resolve. That accidental needlestick, which occurred years ago, left an indelible impression on me about the dangers of working in the OR. Now, as the director of nursing at a surgical center in suburban Philadelphia, I appreciate how fortunate we are to work in a time when safety devices are so well-designed that surgeons don't mind using them. Nearly two-thirds of the 180 surgical facility leaders Outpatient Surgery Magazine polled last month are using safety sharps some (38%) or all (27%) of the time. So the questions remain: Why don't we use safety sharps whenever possible for the safety of our staff, surgeons and patients? Why wasn't I using a device that would have shielded my hands from exposed needles? We're about to conduct a safety sharps trial at our center. We've mapped out the keys to what will make the test drive a success.
|TV Personality Karamo Brown Talks Living Positively Fearless and Stopping the Spread of HIV|
|New HIV Resistance to Antiretrovirals Almost Disappears in Switzerland|
|15 Ways To Handle HIV During Pregnancy|
|HIV positive woman gives birth to still born as hospital denies admission|
|South Africa to give free HIV treatment to all infected|
|HIV infections in SF hit low, but drive misses African Americans|
85 infected with HIV after blood transfusion in 3 years - Times of India
The city’s AIDS control body, in an RTI, has revealed that 85 people were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while getting blood transfusion in the last three years.
The Deadly, Rapid Rise of HIV
The virus has killed millions — but did it have to?
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.
|Frozen strawberries from Egypt lead to 70 cases of hepatitis A in U.S.|
|New hepatitis-C drug combination achieves cure rates of 80-100%|
|Smoothies link to hepatitis A cases a reminder frozen foods not always safe|
|These Smoothies Are Packed With Vitamin C and Hepatitis A|
|Hepatitis A Outbreak Now up to 59 Cases in Virginia as 5 Other States Investigate Possible Links|
|West Nile virus claims one life in McLennan County|
|Big Country Residents Contract West Nile, Dengue|
|72-year-old Lidgerwood man recovering from West Nile Virus|
|North Dakota man hospitalized with West Nile virus|
|Health official: 1st West Nile virus death reported in Mississippi|
|Cuba Reports Remarkable Success in Containing Zika Virus|
|Why is Zika spreading so quickly in Singapore?|
|No Zika Cases Reported During Rio Olympics, W.H.O. Says|
|Cover up, stay in: Singaporeans wary as Zika spreads|
|South Carolina Accidentally Kills Millions Of Honeybees With Zika Spraying|
|Fla. finds Zika virus in U.S. mosquito for first time|
|Zika outbreaks most likely to hit eight countries in Asia, Africa|
1st West Nile death in Mississippi for 2016
MSDH confirmed the death of a Hinds County resident from West Nile virus, the first human death from the virus of 2016.
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!
OSHA & CDC Issue Zika Virus Guidance for Healthcare Workers
Healthcare Compliance Solutions, Inc.: OSHA & CDC Issue Zika Virus Guidance for Healthcare Workers | Needlestick | Scoop.it
From hcsiinc.blogspot.fr - September 1, 7:04 AM
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued interim guidelines to protect healthcare workers. https://t.co/k18zs86QKV
Study Suggests Size of Zika Epidemic May Be Underestimated
A study supported by FAPESP and coordinated by researchers at the São José do Rio Preto Medical School (FAMERP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, suggests official statistics may underestimate the size of the epidemic caused by Zika...
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.
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.
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.
· 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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