Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 30, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Health and Safety Guidance Work with Human Body Fluids and Tissues GUIDANCE/26/WHBFT/14
A Poet Never Breaks, A Poet Breaks Free: On paying for the world’s most expensive drug with a poem
8 Steps After Accidental Needlestick
Needle stick safety?
I would like to preface this by stating that I know there is not a whole lot of danger in sticking yourself, by accident, with a clean needle.  HOWEVER. Today we had our first flu clinic at school, we all gave our very first injections and it was pretty cool. Before that, we got an EXTENSIVE lecture on needle safety because that's obviously very important. The one key thing we learned was about recapping the needle, obviously never try to recap a needle used in a patient, but also we were told to never just try to stick the cap back on with our fingers. We were taught the "scoop" method where we lay the cap down on the counter and scoop the cap back onto the needle.
 
A Regulatory Right Turn Becomes a Competitive Advantage for PharmaJet
CENTENNIAL, CO – On first glance it seemed like everything they’d created after five-plus years of labor and late nights could disappear over a cliff.
Santa Cruz County discarded needle count pushes 12,000
In the nearly four years that the community group Take Back Santa Cruz formed its Needles Solutions Team, volunteers have recorded finding 11,745 used hypodermic needles that were improperly disposed throughout Santa Cruz County — averaging 261 found per month. Between August and September this year, the group marked a significant spike in found needles, up to 423, but for the right reasons, said Take Back Santa Cruz founder Analicia Cube.
A Review of Transdermal Vaccine Delivery
Although many vaccines are administered as injections, this delivery route is associated with disadvantages such as pain, needle stick injuries, ...
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
HIV BREAKTHROUGH: British scientists on brink of extraordinary cure as sufferer 'RECOVERS'
Scientists testing HIV cure report 'remarkable' progress after patient breakthrough
Kenyan churches demand HIV test for couples wanting to marry
UK Scientists May Be on the Brink of a Cure For HIV
British scientists a step away from finding HIV cure: Report
HIV cure hope after virus ‘disappears’ from UK trial patient
Doctors make 'remarkable progress' in finding full cure for HIV after treating Brit
HEPATITIS
Alarming rate of hepatitis in Vietnam
Govt to collect data on hepatitis patients
Portland to pay teen who got hepatitis C from mom
Tropical Smoothie Hepatitis A Lawsuit
Officials: High school student in Levittown has hepatitis A
Breakthrough hepatitis C treatment changes life for Gerogery woman
Alert: Diners at Nassau Deli May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A
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
1 person, 2 horses test positive for West Nile virus in La Plata County
West Nile blamed for death in Brazoria County
MJC professor is another victim of West Nile
West Nile still a threat until weather turns cold
West Nile positives increase in 2016
Iowa Enters Prime West Nile Virus Season
Three more West Nile virus cases reported in New Mexico
ZIKA VIRUS
Thailand confirms two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly, first in Southeast Asia
World Health Organization urges Southeast Asian nations to take decisive action against Zika
Places To Travel Without Zika
Thailand: 2 cases of microcephaly linked to Zika virus confirmed
U.S. issues Zika travel advisory for PHL, 10 SE Asian countries
How to Fight Zika Safely!
After Zika, critical to monitor babies’ health after birth
After Zika, Critical to Monitor Babies' Health but How Long?
Zika virus infection — greater link to sexual transmission
Case Study Reports Details of Mysterious Utah Zika-Related Death
The first Zika virus-related death in the continental U.S. occurred in June of this year, but even now, months later, two aspects of this case continue to...
New CDC guidance on Zika and sex
A how-to guide to protecting you, your sexual partner and unborn babies from the dangers of Zika.
Blood, sweat and tears: Here's a new way Zika spreads
The Zika virus may spread in sweat and tears in some cases, doctors cautioned Thursday.
IN THE NEWS
EPIPEN OUTRAGE: SILICON VALLEY ENGINEERS FIGURE REAL COST TO MAKE LIFESAVING AUTO-INJECTOR TWO-PACK — ABOUT $8
In his 93 years, Bob Wallace has seen some product-pricing doozies over the decades, but the nonstop national furor over the stratospheric price hikes for EpiPens — now retailing above $700 for a two-pack — was the final shot.  “I’m a cheapskate,” the Saratoga inventor and businessman proudly proclaimed. “And this is not rocket science. People should be aware of what they’re getting hooked for.”   So in time-honored Silicon Valley tradition — and piqued by the EpiPen-maker Mylan’s corporate tagline “Seeing Is Believing” — Wallace and Roland Krevitt, a veteran Scotts Valley manufacturing and tooling consultant, set out to demystify the cost to produce the EpiPen, piece by piece.
 
The auto-injector delivers a lifesaving dose of adrenaline to treat serious allergic reactions to everything from bee stings to food. Hunched over his vintage Shopsmith table saw in his garage, Wallace sliced open the plastic injector to begin reverse-engineering the device. Then it was Krevitt’s turn to break out his gram scale and caliper to crunch the costs for molding and manufacturing the nozzle, needle, syringe, springs, safety cap — and 0.3 mg of epinephrine.   Their startling estimate of the cost for a two-pack of EpiPens: $8.02.
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MYLAN SAYS IT UPGRADED EPIPEN IN 2009. SO EXPERTS LOOKED INSIDE.
The CEO of embattled drug maker Mylan testified before a House panel last week that one of the main reasons the company had to hike up the prices on its signature EpiPens from $100 to $600 is the "more than one billion dollars" it has invested in the past decade "to enhance the product and make it more available."  So, as Congress has been trying to figure out the company's business model, a medical technologies expert and a doctor have been physically taking apart Mylan's famed auto injectors to find out exactly how — and where — that money was spent.
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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. 
 
 
GRIFFIN HOSPITAL - CEO SENT LETTER TO OVER 3,000 PATIENTS WARNING THEM
Griffin Hospital CEO Patrick Charmel set a letter to 3,149 former patients in 2014 explaining that insulin pens purchased for patients hospitalized between September 2008 and May 2014 had been misused.
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CONNECTICUT HOSPITAL SUED FOR REUSING INSULIN PENS
Nearly 3,150 former patients have filed a class-action lawsuit against Derby, Conn.-based Griffin Hospital, claiming several hospital employees reused the same insulin injection pens on multiple patients, according to the CTPost.  The former patients suing the hospital, represented by lawyer Ernest Teitell, claim the incident sparked episodes of emotional distress.
 
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BLOODY AWFUL
How money and politics contaminated Arkansas's prison plasma program.
Last April, at the Abbey Garden on Great College Street in London, a British widow vented her frustration over a now-defunct state program in Arkansas that may have killed her husband.   She addressed Lord Archer of Sandwell, a former solicitor general, who is leading an independent inquiry into how 4,500 hemophilia patients in the UK were exposed to lethal viruses in blood products in the 1970s and '80s. Two thousand have since died of either Hepatitis C or HIV, in what has been called the worst disaster in the history of the nation's health service.
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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.

MOSCOW METRO PASSENGERS INJURE FINGERS ON NEEDLES IN ESCALATOR HANDRAILS
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Many passengers of the Moscow metro have complained of receiving injuries while riding escalators. In particular, the people have injured their fingers on needles sticking out of escalator handrails.    According to "360" TV channel, one of the victims, named only as Sergei, complained that one of such needles ripped his skin on the finger. The young man immediately went to the hospital to have his blood tested. The tests will show whether the needle was infected, as one may contract HIV infection as a result of such an injury. 
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PEOPLE WHO SPIT ON POLICE OFFICERS COULD FACE JAIL UNDER NEW LAWS
SCUM who spit at our cops would be put behind bars for up to 14 years under tough new laws to crack down on the “filthy attacks”. And there would be mandatory testing of offenders for infectious diseases.  It comes as shock new figures reveal more than 1000 police officers are “exposed to bodily fluids” on the job every year. The Police Association said officers spat on had to put their lives on hold for months to ensure they hadn’t contracted diseases.
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STICK IT TO THE FLU - THERE'S NEW NEEDLE NEWS TO KNOW
Those yearly shots are the best defense but depending on your age and health, you might need to change the type of vaccine you get.  Kids are not going to like this but the 2016 nasal vaccine FluMist is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consumer Reports’ Medical Director, Dr. Orly Avitzur, said, "In the last three years, FluMist offered little if any protection against the flu in children between the ages of 2 and 17."
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8 STEPS AFTER ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK
Remember these steps to ensure your safety after an accidental sharps injury. 
It's a fear of every nurse. You rushed through a simple task or your attention got diverted for a few seconds. Then you realize you accidentally jabbed your finger with a sharp. What now?
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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. 
 
TELEFLEX TO PRESENT AT EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE (EUSEM), IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care, urology and surgery, is committed to connecting clinicians with technology in a way that improves clinical practice and advances patient outcomes. Teleflex will present its innovative intraosseous vascular access system and products for rescue airway, atomization and intubation needs at the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) in Vienna, Austria on October 2-5, 2016.
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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.

 
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