Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 28, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Brainerd man, cured of hepatitis C, wants to spread awareness
New Blood Collection Device Helps to Enhance both Patient and Clinician Experience
Should Target be responsible for a needlestick injury in its parking lot?
Virtual Reality Takes The Pain And Anxiety Out Of Needle Pricks For Parents And Kids
It's hard for any parent to watch their child go through the fear and pain of a needle stick, but imagine having to go through that several times a week.
Have You Got the Point with Needle Protection Solutions?
Sadly, needle-related accidents in the waste and recycling industry are commonplace. Needle-hazards commonly occur when waste collectors pick up refuse sacks with hidden needles present and when pickers and handlers at MRF centres encounter needles amongst conveyed pre-sorted refuse.  Needle Protection Solutions are vitally important.  The consequences of an employee being injured by penetration from a needle are significant.  Only through the correct use of specialist hand and arm needle protection Safety Gloves can an individual be protected.
Tired of getting stuck with needles? Ask your doctor to just say ‘once'
Tired of getting stuck with needles? Ask your doctor to just say ‘once'
Almost half of all needle sticks in a hospital may be unnecessary, a recent study shows. There's a way to be done with one, thus avoiding the pain of extra sticks.
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 and Substance Use in the United States
Generic HIV Drugs Will Be a Good Thing, Right?
Researchers use CRISPR to accelerate search for HIV cure
University sells HIV testing kits in vending machine
Gene study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic
Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as "Patient Zero" for seeding the U.S. outbreak.  Scientists have long suspected that HIV had been circulating in the United States for a decade before the first few AIDS cases were identified in Los Angeles 1981. The new study, published in the journal Nature, offers some of the first genetic proof.
Clearest-ever study of HIV’s North American origins exonerates Canada’s ‘patient zero’
Flight attendant Gaetan Dugas had long been vilified for spreading AIDS in the 1970s, but new genetic research shows the virus was circulating for years before he was infected.
Nearly a hundred youth are infected with HIV daily
Nearly a hundred youth between the ages of 15- 25 years old are infected with HIV daily in Kenya. This is according to the Kenya Aids Response Progres
HEPATITIS
Poor, remote Indigenous Australians have increased risk of sexually transmissible infections
Hepatitis C and the Baby Boom Generation
107 Cases of Hepatitis A in Virginia Attributed to Tropical Smoothie Outbreak: CDC
Brainerd man, cured of hepatitis C, wants to spread awareness
Detroit officials warn of Hepatitis A scare at Whole Foods
WHO Report recommends free hepatitis B vaccinations for Indigenous Australians
WHO Report recommends free hepatitis B vaccinations for Indigenous Australians
Specialists say the group is significantly over-represented in hepatitis B cases. It is prevented with a simple three-dose course of injections
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
Northwest Iowa woman first to die from West Nile Virus in state since 2010
West Nile Virus, DNA testing highlight Wilco Commissioners Court meeting
ZIKA VIRUS
Zika virus: ‘We will see this become endemic’ CDC says
Some adult brain cells may be vulnerable to Zika infection: Study
Zika virus 'not controllable': CDC director's grim warning
Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America
Frequent exams only treatment for pregnant woman with Zika
The most common words doctors say to pregnant women with Zika
Pregnant Woman Infected With Zika Waits and Worries for Her Baby
CMV Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed
IN THE NEWS
NURSES SCRUBS OFTEN CONTAMINATED WITH BAD BUGS
Bad bugs readily spread from patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) to nurses’ scrubs and the room, according to research being presented at IDWeek
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NEW STUDY SHOWS HIV EPIDEMIC STARTED SPREADING IN NEW YORK IN 1970
A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay flight attendant long vilified as being "Patient Zero."  Researchers got hold of frozen samples of blood taken from patients years before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS was ever recognized, and teased out genetic material from the virus from that blood.
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GOODBYE, LARGE-BORE IV ACCESS
Needleless connectors have distinct advantages, especially eliminating needlestick injuries. But they also have the disadvantage of decreasing flow rates, which is problematic when significant volume resuscitation might be required. In these cases, needleless connectors should be removed.
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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. 
 
 
EPIPEN RIVAL’S RETURN COULD MEAN LOWER PRICES FOR CONSUMERS
EpiPen competitor Auvi-Q will return to pharmacy shelves in the first half of next year after a recall, manufacturer Kaléo said Wednesday.
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FOUR SENTENCED TO PRISON IN $10 MILLION INVESTMENT SCHEME INVOLVING MEDICAL DEVICE
Four men found guilty in May for concocting a scheme worth more than $10 million to sell unregistered securities and lie to their investors were sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
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6 WAYS TO PREVENT HIV (INCLUDING A NEW INJECTABLE)
There are known strategies for preventing HIV, including a potential shot similar to PEP and PrEP that will change how HIV is treated and prevented.
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PHARMAJET PARTNERS VACCIBODY TO DEVELOP 'NEEDLE FREE' HPV VACCINE
U.S. based Pharmajet partnered with Vaccibody AS to develop ‘needle-free injection’ technology based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The collaboration is focused on the development of HPV vaccine for the eradication of HPV.
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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. 
 
USE OF FLUORESCENT LOTION TO ILLUSTRATE PATHOGEN DISSEMINATION, TRAIN PERSONNEL IN PPE USE
Simulations using fluorescent tracers can be useful in understanding the spread of pathogens and in devising effective infection control strategies.
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MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL HAZARDS: WHAT TO DO WHEN EXPOSURE OCCURS
If you work in a medical facility, there’s a fair chance you come into contact with medical waste on a regular basis. If you touched it accidentally, you should know what to do in this type of situation. If you don’t act immediately or in the appropriate manner, you put yourself at risk for contracting serious illnesses or becoming extremely sick. 
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NURSES WILL NO LONGER BE FORCED TO TREAT EBOLA UNDER NEW CONTRACT
University Hospital health care workers now have safeguards in their new contract that cover the risks posed by treating patients withe disease like Ebola.
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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.

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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