Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 21, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
New Blood Collection Device Helps to Enhance both Patient and Clinician Experience
Vigmed signs distribution agreement for the important markets in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Should Target be responsible for a needlestick injury in its parking lot?
Dublin waste collector takes court action against Council over needle injury
Parking lot needlestick yields $4.6 million payout
8 Steps After Accidental Needlestick
I JUST GOT A NEEDLESTICK
“Whilst suturing a wound on an unconscious patient’s head I caught my thumb with the needle...”
ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device.
The ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device can be used to safely pass 99% of sharps between members of the operating theatre teams during surgery ensuring minimal risk of sharps injury which can often result in pathogen transfer.
5 AREAS OF FOCUS FOR OSHA HEALTHCARE INSPECTIONS
Prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses is one of the main goals of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and has led to the development of a number of OSHA requirements.  In this vein, OSHA has recently released a guidance paper called, “Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings”.  This paper directs inspectors to focus on 5 particular issues associated with workplace injuries and illnesses at inpatient facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes.
 
These five areas are:  musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) related to patient or resident handling, workplace violence, tuberculosis, slips, trips, and falls, and bloodborne pathogens.
Mum-of-three disgusted to find mountain of dirty SYRINGES behind fence at new council home
A MUM was left disgusted after she moved into a new council house – and found a mountain of dirty needles in her garden.
Dublin waste collector takes court action against Council over needle injury
A DRIVER AND waste management worker claimed in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that a new relationship he was in ended after he suffered a hypodermic needle stick injury to his hand.
Waste worker lost partner after prick from needle on job
A waste management worker, who claimed a new relationship he was in ended after he suffered a needle stick injury to his hand, has settled a damages claim against Dublin City Council.   Gavin Geraghty alleged in the €60,000 damages claim that, when he helped a fellow worker lift a heavy sack of refuse a needle attached to a syringe went right through his left hand.
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
Why HIV infection ups TB risk
BREAKING: Second case of HIV infection on PrEP
Tracking HIV caused by blood transfusions in Mumbai
Brryan Jackson: My father injected me with HIV
New discovery helps explain why HIV infection increases risk for active tuberculosis
7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discrimated Against HIV Patients
7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients
The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.
HEPATITIS
Needle exchange program approved for Allen County to reduce spread of HIV, hepatitis C
Inventor of Hepatitis C Cure Wins a Major Prize—and Turns to the Next Battle
Caerphilly hepatitis A schools outbreak declared over
FDA warns antiviral Hepatitis C drug users risk reactivation
FDA: Hepatitis C Drugs Carry Potentially Deadly Side Effect
Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Can Have Deadly Side-Effect for Some: FDA
We Have Effective Treatment for Hepatitis C. So Why Don't States Give It to 100,000 Inmates?
Less than 1 percent of inmates with hepatitis C are receiving treatment in state prisons, according to a new study by prison officials, doctors, and researchers. It's largely because prisons can't afford the drugs they need to fight the dangerous liver disease that spreads through blood and bodily fluids.  Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, including HIV and tuberculosis; about 17 percent of the prison population in America is suffering from it, compared with 1 percent of the general population. New treatments have been developed but are extremely expensive, so over the last two years, inmates in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania have sued for access to the drugs.
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
Woman's heat rash turns out to be West Nile virus
Rabies-positive bats, West Nile carrying mosquitoes found
Vets warn of West Nile in horses
Family of boy who died from West Nile hold event in his honor
West Nile Virus in Montana to be discussed at Nov. 3 Café Scientifique
Sheboygan County Victim Contracts West Nile Virus
Rock County resident contracts West Nile virus
Probable human case of West Nile reported in Rock County
4 new West Nile virus cases bring MS total to 30
ZIKA VIRUS
As babies stricken by Zika turn 1, health problems mount
Where Zika Struck Hardest, Brazil Moms Say More Help Needed
Moms Struggle to Raise Babies Disabled by Zika
New Pool of Zika-Positive Mosquitoes Trapped in Miami Beach
CDC updates spending plans to combat Zika
Zika detected in woman's vagina for up to 2 weeks, scientists say
One More Time With Zika: Investment in Prevention Costs Less, Means Better Health
Zika Funds Not Going Anywhere Fast Until Next Year, HHS Says
Researchers Offer Review of Cumulative Insights on Zika
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is not a new contagion; researchers have known about the virus since the 1950s. However, not much was known about the virus until...
IN THE NEWS
WHO GUIDELINE ON THE USE OF SAFETY-ENGINEERED SYRINGES FOR INTRAMUSCULAR, INTRADERMAL AND SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTIONS IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS
This guideline provides global, evidence-based recommendations on the use of safety-engineered injection devices to prevent the re-use of syringes and/or prevent needle-stick injuries in health care workers (HCWs). The ultimate aim is to make injection practices safer for patients and HCWs, and to prevent the injection-related transmission of deadly viruses, particularly HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.
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UTAH SETS SIGHTS ON A SYRINGE- EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Funding » Thirty-four other states and Washington, D.C., have similar programs, but money is an issue for Utah.
 
The public health benefits of a syringe-exchange program are obvious to Salt Lake County health officials, but they face a huge hurdle in providing a way for intravenous drug users to trade their used syringes for new ones: money.   Lawmakers didn't allocate any funds toward the program when they passed a measure establishing it earlier this year, but Gary Edwards, county Health Department executive director, estimates it would cost his department $500,000 to cover an on-site therapist and comprehensive education options, among other things.
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FEDS SUE HOUSTON CLUB FOR FIRING WAITRESS OVER HIV RUMOR
A federal judge has set a Dec. 6 hearing on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit against Leila Roberts, owner of Diallo's nightclub.
 
The commission says the waitress, who is not HIV-positive, qualifies for protection under the Americans with Disability Act because of the club's assumption that she has a disability. The EEOC's Houston district director, Rayford Irving, tells the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2eaCj7t ) it's unfair and unlawful to force an employee to prove she doesn't have an ailment.
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NIOSH UPDATES LIST OF HAZARDOUS DRUGS FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
NIOSH updates list of hazardous drugs for health care workers | Needlestick | Scoop.it
From www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com - October 18, 11:32 PM
Washington – NIOSH has added 34 drugs to its list of drugs that have the potential to be hazardous to an estimated 8 million U.S. health care workers.
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AFRAID OF DOCTORS, NEEDLES, HOSPITALS? TIPS TO COPING

 

“You have people who walk into doctors' offices and look like they...
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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. 
 
 
FEDS SUE HOUSTON CLUB FOR FIRING WAITRESS OVER HIV RUMOR
A federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination is accusing a Houston nightclub owner of improperly firing a waitress because she wouldn't provide health records to disprove rumors she has HIV.
 
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SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES - IVTEAM
Needlestick and sharps injuries (NSIs), are among the main job-related injuries that health care workers experience. In fact, contraction of hepatitis B or
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SAFE DISPOSAL MAKES NEEDLE-STICK INJURIES A PREVENTABLE HEALTH RISK
Every year, millions of people throughout the country use hypodermic needles and syringes to manage their medical conditions at home.  That makes finding ways to safely dispose of those used medical sharps an important public health priority, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  If you think they can just be tossed in the trash or flushed down the toilet, think again.
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LANDMARK VELANO VASCULAR NURSE SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS REALITIES OF INPATIENT BLOOD DRAWS
Medical device innovator Velano Vascular today unveiled findings from the first phase of its multi-year nurse blood collection practice survey. Initial results document a wide variance of hospital blood collection practices, even within a single institution. Respondents overwhelmingly believe standardization and innovation can have a significant positive impact on both patient experience and practitioner safety.
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19 BLOOD BANKS SEALED AS MANY CMCH PATIENTS CONTRACT HIV/AIDS
LARKANA: Teams of the Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA) and Sindh Aids Control Programme (SACP) carried out joint raids on several blood banks in the city on Monday and sealed three of them. A day earlier, 16 blood banks were sealed in Qambar town.   SBTA secretary Dr Zahid Ansari and SACP official Dr Yunis Chachar told the media on Monday that the laboratories being run by the Zulfikar Blood Bank, Murtaza Blood Bank and Bukhari Blood Bank were found lacking the prescribed criteria.
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MEDICAL CENTER FACES LEGAL ACTION OVER WRONG HIV TEST DIAGNOSIS
The family of a pregnant woman who was wrongly diagnosed with HIV in Kwale County only to learn much later that she was HIV negative plans on suing...
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SHOCKED FAMILY FIND 500 DIRTY SYRINGES AND 'TONNES OF RUBBISH' INFESTED WITH MICE IN THEIR 'NEW' COUNCIL HOUSE
Samantha Brothwell, 30, was appalled after discovering the mound of trash hidden behind a fence which she did not see while inspecting the property...
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HALF YEAR WAIT TO KNOW IF GIRL, TWO, HAS HIV FROM HIDDEN DIRTY NEEDLE
Geelong mother Ashlee Vipont and daughter Alliera, two, must wait six months to find out if Alliera is HIV free after she was pricked by a dirty, bloody needle hidden in a public toilet.
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UNVACCINATED ADULTS COST THE US MORE THAN $7 BILLION A YEAR
Vaccine-preventable diseases among adults cost the U.S. economy $8.95 billion in 2015, and unvaccinated individuals are responsible for 80 percent, or $7.1B...
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EIGHT IN 10 NHS HOSPITALS NOT SAFE ENOUGH, AMID WARNINGS THAT CARE CRISIS IS REACHING A 'TIPPING POINT'
A major report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals Accident & Emergency departments buckling and patients suffering harmful blunders as pressures mount.  In an unprecedented plea, the head of the regulator called on the Government to boost funding for social care.
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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. 
 
SHOULD TARGET BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A NEEDLESTICK INJURY IN ITS PARKING LOT?
Since the plaintiff in this case suffered no permanent physical damage, the award seems disproportionate.
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‘MADE IN CHANDIGARH’ TECHNOLOGY TO BRING DOWN PRICES OF INSULIN AND HEPATITIS B VACCINE
If everything at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh goes as planned, you can expect a heavy drop up to three times in prices of insulin and hepatitis B vaccines. The scientists at the centre have developed indigenous technology to produce protein based medicines like insulin, streptokinase (clot buster) and the hepatitis B vaccine. 
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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.

SUPREME COURT DIDN’T KNOW: 16 OF 17 TEXAS ABORTION FACILITIES MISERABLY FAILED HEALTH INSPECTIONS
When the Supreme Court tossed out certain provisions of a Texas abortion safety law earlier this year, in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, it did so without considering egregious conditions that exist in Texas abortion facilities, which prompted the passage of the contested legislation in the first place.  Operation Rescue now has evidence in the form of public documents that proves 16 of 17 Texas abortion facilities miserably failed recent health and safety inspections conducted by the Department of State Health Services between August 2015 and June 2016. This information shows that Texas abortion facilities continue to pose a significant danger to the lives and health of women.
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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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