|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||October 21, 2016|
|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!
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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...
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.
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.
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.
· 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.
West and the diamond logo and NovaGuard™ are trademarks or registered s of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.
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