Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 2, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
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.
HIV
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.
HEPATITIS
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
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
ZIKA VIRUS
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...
IN THE NEWS
WHY DO INJURIES HAPPEN?
When we surveyed our staff about the sharps hazards they saw, everyone expressed concern about the constant rushing. It's true. We're all so focused on time and turnover and minutes and efficiency that rushing is a big contributor to injuries. We talk about being fully present in our work, but it's hard when, as a nurse, you're expected to be a patient advocate, to make sure the surgeon has everything he needs, and at the same time, to look out for yourself and everybody you're working with. How can you be fully present when you have to consistently and constantly multitask?
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HOW WE'RE ELIMINATING SHARPS INJURIES
For us, it starts with watching and learning. In our battle against sharps injuries, we depend on sharp eyes, sharp observational skills, and sometimes even sharp tongues. It's all part of a larger effort to take a close look at what we do, consider how and why we do it, and ask questions — lots of questions.
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DO YOU HAVE A CULTURE OF SAFETY?
Experts weigh in on why changing the environment of your OR is difficult, but essential. Before a recent lung biopsy at a Minnesota hospital, everything seemed to be going smoothly. The surgeon initialed the site, the patient gave consent and the physician's notes said a biopsy was to be done on the right lung. But there was a problem. The notes were wrong. In fact, the biopsy was to be done on the left lung.
 
"The patient mentioned offhand that she thought it was supposed to be the left side, not the right," says Tania Daniels, PT, MBA, vice president of patient safety at the Minnesota Hospital Association. "The surgical nurse heard this and circled back to the original notes from the clinic. She found that the notes from the hospital provider listed the wrong side."
 
The surgical nurse spoke up and told the physician immediately after discovering the error, ensuring he performed the procedure correctly. The physician was grateful for the nurse's input and thanked her after she spoke up, says Ms. Daniels. He reinforced the hospital's culture of safety, which prevented the wrong-site surgery from occurring.
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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. 
 
 
STATE SUSPENDS DENTIST OVER REPORTS OF INFECTIONS, 1 FATAL
The state has suspended a dentist whose practice has been linked to more than a dozen infections that caused one death and required patients to undergo follow-up heart surgeries.
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DO YOU WEAR YOUR SCRUBS HOME?
Cleaning surgical attire in your washing machine puts patients and family members at risk.Washing scrubs at home isn't just a bad idea, it's a dangerous one. Although the evidence suggests home laundering of scrubs puts your patients and family at risk of coming into contact with dangerous microorganisms, facilities still balk at using professional healthcare laundering facilities for myriad reasons, with cost a critical concern. But the real question shouldn't be whether you can afford third-party laundering, it should be whether you can afford not to have your scrubs professionally cleaned.
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SHOULD SURGEONS WEAR SKULLCAPS IN THE OR?
Depends on whose guidelines you follow. -  In its updated guidelines released earlier this month, the American College of Surgeons says sure, surgeons can wear iconic skullcaps when they cover "close to the totality of hair and only a limited amount of hair on the nape of the neck or a modest sideburn remains uncovered."  Not so fast, says the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
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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 NEEDLE-FREE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
If you’re afraid of needles, here’s some good news: you may not always be stuck with getting shots.
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HAWAII HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK SICKENS 241
The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii linked to raw imported scallops has sickened 241 people.
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THE RARE BUT TERRIFYING TIMES STUDENTS WERE PRICKED BY SYRINGES
One student was at a school carnival when pricked by a needle.
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UN: 323 MILLION AT RISK OF DISEASE FROM DIRTY WATER
Between 1990 and 2010, pollution caused by micro-organisms and toxic substances rose in more than half of rivers across the three continents, UN agency says
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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.

WHY PARENTS AREN'T VACCINATING THEIR KIDS
Debunked claims about autism and vaccines aren't main the reason.
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WHERE'S ZIKA GOING NEXT? MAYBE CHINA, INDIA, OR NIGERIA
Scientists trying to predict the future path of Zika say that 2.6 billion people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of infection, based on a new analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns in those regions.
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FDA ISSUES FINAL RULE ON SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed.
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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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