Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 23, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Worried about possible needlestick
Girl pricks herself with discarded syringe
A little girl is undergoing blood work after accidentally pricking her finger with a discarded syringe.  A Kingston Police news release states the little girl and her family were at McBurney Park on Thursday afternoon when she found the syringe on the ground. When she picked it up, she accidentally pricked herself. When her parents attended to her, they found multiple needles under a tree that children normally occupy. The girl was taken to hospital for treatment and will continue with blood work to ensure she is not infected.
Safety tips to prevent injuries to your hands
The hand is the most useful appendage and its versatility allows us to manipulate the environment to our benefit. It is used in almost all daily tasks.
Top 5 Safety Tips For Medical And Dental Practices
Medical and dental practices become snagged in OSHA’s inspection net frequently and the reactions from the practices’ office managers are usually that of complete surprise. Many small practices believe they are exempt from OSHA inspections, regulations and standards, so an OSHA Compliance Officer at their door is the last person they would expect. Once inside, OSHA tends to find the same trend of violations from medical and dental practices across the country
Public safety warning issued after ‘needle stick traps’ image goes viral
An image which urged the public to stay safe after ‘needle stick traps’ were found in public bathrooms has gone viral. The image which was shared by a man in Perth urged people to share the trap with family and friends as a precaution.
Public Wants Well-Rested Medical Residents to Ensure Safe Patient Care
A new national poll shows that the vast majority of the American public favors restricting the work shifts of medical residents (also known as resident physicians) to no more than 16 straight hours without sleep, according to a press release from Public Citizen.  Importantly, 86% of the public is opposed to lifting the 16-hour cap for first-year residents – a proposal being aggressively pushed by physician groups. Moreover, 80% of the public supports implementing the 16-hour cap for all residents, not just first-year residents.
Why Nurses ONLY Work 3 Days A Week
We leave our families to take care of other families.It’s been two years since my last post, which has been a good thing in my mind. The past two years have been tame and boring, hence the reason I haven’t posted. It’s only the stressful, I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out, give-me-a-hard-liquor-drink day that motivates me to write a post to release the monster inside of me.   I’ve been mostly working 1-2 days a week while in graduate school. However, while out for summer break, I’ve been picking up full-time hours ― just 3 days a week. My husband and I got into an argument about this, of which I won’t go into detail, but has inspired this post.
Injecting Safety Into Indian Health
Injecting Safety Into Indian Health | Needlestick | Scoop.it
From www.huffingtonpost.in - Today, 9:48 AM
Injections are a widely administered medical intervention. Every year, around 16 billion individual injections are administered worldwide. However, while intended to promote better health.
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!
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?
Bee Venom Destroys HIV Cells, Finds Washington University Study “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more men!” — Albert Einstein
Ever wondered why bees are so important to our survival? One of the thousands of reasons is the fact that they help to cure AIDS.  Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have found that by poking holes in the protective envelope surrounding HIV and other viruses, melittin – a toxin found in bee venom – kills the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving the body unharmed. This breakthrough could lead to drugs that are immune to HIV resistance; development of an anti-HIV vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV; as well as possible treatments for existing HIV infections
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
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.
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
IN THE NEWS
OCCUPATIONAL NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN A US AIRPORT
Over a period of 6 years, 14 NSI cases were seen. The majority of injuries occurred while workers cleaned lavatories in the airport or on airplanes. Insulin needles were involved in most cases, and the injuries typically occurred on the hand. No cases of hepatitis B, C, or HIV seroconversion were documented, although follow-up was typically incomplete.
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DOCUMENTARY CAPTURES MEDICAL INTERNS' HARSH REALITY
IMAGINE working a 30-hour shift while confronting trauma, people’s vulnerabilities, pain and suffering – yet having to remain alert and maintain peak performance despite your own physical exhaustion and frustration. For thousands of South African junior doctors, that scenario is a daily reality.
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VETERANS' HOSPITAL EXPOSES HUNDREDS TO HIV AND HEPATITIS
A New York veteran’s hospital may have exposed more than 700 of its patients with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by mistakenly reusing its insulin pens, which are used to inject diabetes patients with a hormone produced by the...
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MASSACHUSETTS SHARPS WASTE REMOVAL
Massachusetts sharps waste removal: why the ban on trashing sharps?
About a decade ago, the State of Massachusetts passed an historic law that allowed the sale of over-the-counter syringes. Despite concerns about the safety of patients, their families, public workers, and the environment, the benefits of allowing people life-saving medical treatment in-home far outweighed the risks. This lead to coordinated efforts within our state to help people administer, store, and dispose of these objects safely. The result was the passing of a new law, albeit many years later, that outlawed the disposal of these devices in the normal trash. Massachusetts sharps waste removal and storage are now more highly regulated than ever and many rely on local medical waste removal services for help.
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IMPACT OF EDUCATION ON THE FREQUENCY OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Nursing staff had insufficient knowledge of viral occupational infections with regard to the actual hazard. At the same time, more than 60 % of the respondents rated the probability of contracting occupational infections as “pretty high” to “very high”. In addition, 62.1 % of the study participants also stated that they did not feel sufficiently trained to care for patients with highly contagious or rare infectious diseases. Intensified training and awareness programs for nursing personnel are required to increase the knowledge of occupational infections.
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8 STEPS AFTER ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK
Remember these steps to ensure your safety after an accidental sharps injury.
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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. 
 
STUDY SEEKS WOMEN EXPOSED TO CONTAMINATED BLOOD
Women who were exposed to a blood product contaminated with Hepatitis C in the late 1970s are being asked to volunteer for a study being conducted by scientists at Trinity College Dublin.
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SHENYANG WOMAN IN LEGAL BATTLE AFTER VACCINATION GONE BAD
Ever since Liu Haijiao received an inoculation in April 2012 against a potentially lethal kidney disease, she has faced lawsuits, painful side effects, and the prospect of lifelong illness.  Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper reported on Wednesday that after years of lawsuits and restitution requests, Liu, 24, is still waiting on the compensation to which she is legally entitled.  Liu’s case highlights the endless hoops Chinese citizens sometimes have to jump through in pursuing their legal rights. Just last week, Chinese Business View reported on the case of a father who has been trying for 12 years to find legal recourse after his son was immunized with what he says was a fake vaccine.
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OCCUPATIONAL NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN A US AIRPORT
Objective: To characterize needlestick injuries (NSIs) among airport workers, and to suggest methods to reduce them.
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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.

THE STEVE JOBS OF DRAWING BLOOD
I was recently at a board meeting at Griffin Hospital and our CEO was telling us about a new product that could transform perhaps the most ubiquitous healthcare practice – drawing blood. The concept from a company called Velano Vascular repurposes the IV most hospital patients already have in their arms so blood can be drawn without having their veins repeatedly stuck by needles. It aims to eliminate the associated negatives of traditional blood drawing: the pain and anxiety, injuries, excessive time and cost. It seemed like such a revolutionary solution to a broad issue – sort of like in 1892 when Keds invented sneakers – and I was curious to understand if this was truly an historic moment where the age old process of drawing blood could once and for all be revolutionized.
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MEDICAL WASTE HAZARDOUS TO RECYCLING AND WASTE WORKERS
The improper management of discarded needles and other sharp medical devices can pose a health risk to the public and waste workers.For example, discarded needles may expose waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities.
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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. 
 
 
PREVENT NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY
Whether needlestick injuries are a major problem in your organization or you want to eliminate the few you have, we have the safety solutions you need. Our unique selection of needle safety shields, scalpel safety systems, pediatric immobilizers, and other protective instruments helps reduce the risk of patient and caregiver needlestick injuries. We look forward to equipping you with proven venipuncture safety essentials used by phlebotomists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals across the world.
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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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