Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 16, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Industry insider – How working a gap year can jumpstart your career
OSHA Cites Ohio Ambulance Company for Healthcare Safety Violations
Needlestick Safety Tips for Respiratory Therapists
Five ways to avoid needlestick Injuries.
 
Blood gas analyzers have become extremely automated in their sampling capabilities in recent years, all but eliminating the odds of human error. 
 
However, making certain everything is working properly remains the charge of an expertly trained respiratory therapist in most cases. 
 
RTs also still draw blood from the patient, making ongoing education about needlestick safety a a priority for staff.
Ouch! Needlestick Injuries on the Rise
Implementing and following safety procedures can help to reduce the number of needlestick injuries in the workplace. Read our latest blog to learn more.
Faversham: Boy, three, falls on to needle in play park
A distraught mother has told of the horrifying moment she found a syringe sticking out of her son's hand after he tripped and fell at a popular park.
Syringe hidden in toilet paper holder
Deliberately planted needle in Upper Hutt public toilet has raised safety fears.
Worst Case Scenario: A Scalpel Mis-Slice
The scene: You’re in the tissue culture room of a lab, conducting research. You’re following all the proper safety procedures and wearing lab gloves, safety glasses and a lab coat.  You’re working with a material that you definitely don’t want to be exposed to: human feces. To conduct your research involving human fecal occult blood, you slice into a sample of feces with a scalpel when you notice something has gone wrong: your hand is bleeding.
Four-year-old finds blood covered needle in Greggs toilet
A SHOCKED grandmother has described her horror after her four-year-old grandson discovered a needle covered in blood in the toilet of a popular,,,
HIV
I'm Now HIV Free - Dzidzor Mensah
Education through Art: “Breaking Ground” tackles HIV, addiction and abusive relationships
‘A First World country with Third World rates’: Saskatchewan at the epicentre of HIV in Canada
Aging With HIV/AIDS: The Progress Made, And The Challenges That Remain
PrEP HIV drugs: court hears NHS England appeal
Should dating apps have HIV filters?
Tainted drugs dispensed at Florida hospital after theft
More than 100 doses of diluted and possibly contaminated medication were given to patients at a hospital in Fort Myers, Florida, earlier this year as a result of a theft by an ER nurse, according to a report from the News-Press newspaper.
27 Important Things the Infection Control Aims to Achieve
Infection control was devised by the United States Department of Health to protect and benefit the people working in the healthcare sector.
Prevention Is The Cure for HIV Infection
Methods for preventing HIV infection since there is no cure are described. Includes pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) drugs, behavioral approaches to reducing risk of HIV infection, and HIV facts.
South Africa: Portraits of HIV Survivors and Those Who Are Gone
Misha Friedman speaks to PRI's The World about photographing women living with HIV and tuberculosis in South Africa.
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.
‘Only 700,000 persons have access to HIV/AIDs treatment in Nigeria’
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), an NGO, says no fewer than 3.4 million people are living with HIV and AIDS in the country and only 700,000 persons have access to treatment.
40.000.000 people infected with HIV
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system. Without a strong immune system, the bod
VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV
A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.
HEPATITIS
Missoula health officials explain Hepatitis A concerns
Hepatitis A outbreak restaurant Genki Sushi reopens
Hepatitis A virus can cause fatal liver failure in some rare cases: Research
Genki Sushi to post hepatitis A alerts on Facebook
Hepatitis A notice issued in Missoula County, Good Food Store employee tests positive
Possible hepatitis A exposure at Good Food Store salad bar
Hepatitis A confirmed for seafood employee at Pearl City Sam's Club
Contaminated NHS blood victim Alex Smith launches 'injustice' claim
A man infected with Hepatitis C through contaminated blood says it is an "injustice" victims receive less compensation than those who contracted HIV.
WEST NILE
Macomb County has its first West Nile virus case this year
West Nile Virus Found In Three Lower Merion Samples
Two test positive for West Nile virus in Kent County
ZIKA VIRUS
Florida Allots $10 Million to Battle Zika as Federal Funding Stalls
Disney Says Zika Is Not Hurting Its Florida Theme Park Business
What’s Worse: The Zika Virus or the Anti-Zika Spray?
Zika Found in Eye Fluid in Study
‘No room for doubt': New science proves Zika causes microcephaly
Zika Virus Found in Eyes of Adult Patients, Study Finds
The Zika Case That Has Experts Stumped
An investigation into an infected person with no known risk factors provides few answers - In July, the Utah Department of Health was alerted to a person diagnosed with the Zika virus despite not traveling to a place with Zika or having sexual contact with a person who had. The person had, however, cared for an elderly male family contact who had contracted the virus while traveling and had died the month prior. (The researchers did not specify if the two people were related, but defined a family contact as someone who lived in the same household as the infected person or had direct contact with his body fluids).
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
WOMAN STUCK BY NEEDLE IN TARGET IN PARKING LOT AWARDED $4.6 MILLION
A jury has awarded a South Carolina woman more than $4.6 million after she was stuck by a needle picked up in a Target parking lot.  Before Carla Denise Garrison’s lawsuit against Target Corp. went to trial, her lawyer offered to settle with the retailer for $12,000, but the offer was rejected. If the amount stands, it would be one of the largest awarded in the history of Anderson County litigation, according to Clerk of Court Richard Shirley. Garrison, of Anderson, said Friday that she was “too overwhelmed” to talk about the case.
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OSHA BLOG: HOW TO STAY ON TOP OF OSHA COMPLIANCE
Because of the relative rarity of OSHA inspections compared to other agencies such as CMS or The Joint Commission, some clinics have seen OSHA compliance a lower priority. However, the new costs of noncompliance may give clinics a reason to shore up their workplace safety program, fast. So how can a clinic, particularly one strapped for resources, become OSHA ready?
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WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE THAT REQUIRE DISPOSAL?
Every Healthcare Facility generates biomedical waste. There are several different types of biomedical waste and they all have specific protocols on how to handle and dispose of the waste for optimal safety and protection.
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TAINTED DRUGS DISPENSED AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL AFTER THEFT
More than 100 doses of diluted and possibly contaminated medication were given to patients at a hospital in Fort Myers, Florida, earlier this year as a result of a theft by an ER nurse, according to a report from the News-Press newspaper.
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PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS ‘STRUCK DOWN WITH BIBLICAL FLESH-ROTTING SKIN DISEASE’
TWO cases of leprosy could have broken out at a Californian primary school, parents have been warned. Parents have now refused to send their children to Indian Hills Elementary in Jurupa Valley aft…
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NEW RULES FOR NEEDLES IN HEALTHCARE
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is bringing in new regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other sharp items to people involved in...
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VA ESTIMATES 107,000 VETS HAVE UNDIAGNOSED OR UNTREATED HEPATITIS C
With more than $2 billion appropriated for new hepatitis C drugs during the past two years, the Department of Veterans Affairs treated 65,000 veterans for the virus, but about 87,000 remain untreated and an additional 20,000 are undiagnosed.
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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. 
 
EPINEPHRINE AUTOINJECTION ALTERNATIVE PRE-FILLED SYRINGES
Donald Altman, M.D., M.B.A dialogues about an inexpensive way to make pre-filled epinephrine syringes for injection. Cost under $5.00
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HAWAII’S HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK TOPS 250; MORE CASES LIKELY
New victims in the Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen, imported scallops continue to be identified, with the case count hitting 252 as of Wednesday.
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U.N. ADVISES 6 MONTHS OF ABSTINENCE, SAFE SEX WHEN RETURNING FROM ZIKA ZONES
Men and women returning from areas with Zika outbreaks should practice safe sex or abstinence for six months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Earlier guidelines applied only to men and only for eight weeks after returning from areas dealing with Zika epidemics.
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AFTER 15 HEART -INFECTION CASES AND ONE DEATH, OFFICIALS FOUND A LINK: THEIR ORAL SURGEON.
Ryan Del Grosso had his wisdom teeth pulled in June of 2014.   “Within a day or so of the procedure, he passed out, but I thought nothing of it,” his father, Rene Del Grosso, told the Daily Record, a newspaper in Parsippany, N.J. “Then the same thing happened a few weeks later. And he started losing weight.  “Then he passed out at work, and we were taking multiple trips to the doctor because he had a high fever and chills.”
 
Ryan Del Grosso was diagnosed with a form of endocarditis — an infection in the lining of the heart.  “Enterococcus faecalis, which literally means “feces.” It’s waste, basically, that my son was exposed to,” Rene Del Grosso told the paper. “It’s beyond belief what this guy was able to do.”
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EVIDENCE OF ZIKA VIRUS FOUND IN TEARS
Researchers have found that Zika virus can live in eyes and have identified genetic material from the virus in tears, according to a study from Washington
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SYRINGE 'HIDDEN IN TOILET PAPER'
Needle apparently found in Upper Hutt public toilet has raised safety fears.
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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.

EBOLA DETECTED IN LIBERIA MAN'S SEMEN 565 DAYS AFTER RECOVERY
Preliminary findings from an ongoing screening program in Liberia showed that Ebola virus RNA persisted in the semen of some survivors for 1 year or more, including one case where it showed up after 565 days.The Men’s Health Screening Program (MHSP) also showed a marked increase in men reporting condom use or abstinence.
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MEDICARE PENALIZES 758 HOSPITALS FOR SAFETY INCIDENTS
More than half of the hospitals punished this year were also dinged in 2014. The government has used financial carrots and now sticks to improve the quality of care.
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SLOPPY SANITATION PRACTICES COMMON FOR INJECTIONS
Recent observation of New Mexico medical students working in medical and nursing facilities throughout state revealed sanitary policy and procedure failure rates of approximately 35 percent
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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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DOCTOR SHOWS PATIENTS HOW TO MAKE THEIR OWN $10 EPIPEN
A pack of two EpiPens, the lifesaving devices carried by people with severe allergies, costs about $600 --
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CHEAPER "DO-IT-YOURSELF" ALTERNATIVE TO EPIPEN MAY BE RISKY
For allergy sufferers at risk of anaphylactic shock, do-it-yourself syringes could fall short
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ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT: MARKETING AN INNOVATIVE PRODUCT TO TWO DISTINCT INDUSTRIES
What happens when you cross a surgical scalpel with click pen? You get one of the most innovative products in the medical and hobbyist industries.
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OSHA BLOG: HOW TO STAY ON TOP OF OSHA COMPLIANCE
Because of the relative rarity of OSHA inspections compared to other agencies such as CMS or The Joint Commission, some clinics have seen OSHA compliance a lower priority. However, the new costs of noncompliance may give clinics a reason to shore up their workplace safety program, fast. So how can a clinic, particularly one strapped for resources, become OSHA ready?
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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. 
 
 
OUCH! NEEDLESTICK INJURIES ON THE RISE
Needlestick injuries and subsequent infections have been rising in recent years. This has resulted in a variety of diseases such as hepatitis and related HIV cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 2% of all new HIV infections globally are because of unsafe injections—with 96,000 people being infected with HIV each year. Without a doubt, there is a need to implement a bloodborne pathogens program to protect individuals from needlestick injuries.
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HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU REUSE A SYRINGE?
To the naked eye, an insulin syringe looks perfectly unharmed after simply one or two injections…so why not use it again and save a few bucks in the longterm?
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NEEDLESTICK SAFETY TIPS FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS-FIVE WAYS TO AVOID NEEDLESTICK INJURIES.
Blood gas analyzers have become extremely automated in their sampling capabilities in recent years, all but eliminating the odds of human error. However, making certain everything is working properly remains the charge of an expertly trained respiratory therapist in most cases. RTs also still draw blood from the patient, making ongoing education about needlestick safety a a priority for staff.
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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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