Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 9, 2012
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Incidence of needlestick injuries appears to be lower among employees at ... - News-Medical.net
Look who's paying the price? - The Hindu
Nursing occupational hazards - BusinessDay
Ebola's Other Victims: Health Care Workers - WBUR
West Pharmaceutical launches B.safe prefilled syringe system - Bizjournals.com
K-Shield™ Port Access Infusion Needle
Kawasumi brings you K-Shield, a totally integrated device for optimal non-coring Huber needle stick protection. K-Shield complies with all OSHA standards and has unmatched advantages.
It’s been carefully designed with user needs in mind. For example, it’s clinician friendly and easy to use, especially when activating the safety mechanism. The audible click can be heard clearly to acknowledge the needle is locked and enclosed during activation. Kawasumi’s K-Shield port access infusion sets are available in both straight tubing and needleless “Y” site offerings. And, pinch clamps are color coded according to needle gauge. 
HIV
Exquisite Corpse: The Stigma of HIV and AIDS - City College News
Abortion, HIV Aids Cases Increase At Chinese Mining Sites - AllAfrica.com
Home HIV Test Goes on the Market - Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
Amadi Calls On African Countries to Increase Spending On HIV/Aids - AllAfrica.com
Nation's Aids Fight Acknowledged - AllAfrica.com
New HIV/Aids Campaign Targets Varsity Students - AllAfrica.com
Magic Johnson Partners With OraSure on HIV Awareness Campaign - Fox Business
HIV Mortality Falls but Some Gaps Persist - MedPage Today
DiaLines® Bloodlines Saf T

 B Braun - Sharing Expertise reduces needlestick injuries

DiaLines® Saf T allows for needle-free access on both the arterial and venous line. Blood samples and medications can be administered safely.

DiaLines® Saf T allows for needle-free access on both the arterial and venous line.

Click here for more information.

Hepatitis
Hepatitis C outbreak could boost regulation bill - Wall Street Journal
CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C - The Associated Press
Scientists develope first ever hepatitis C vaccine - Business Standard
Magnetic Retriever
The reusable Magnetic Retriever is used for the safe retrieval of dropped needles, blades, instruments and other sharps or metallic objects during and after surgery.
This product has been specifically designed to retrieve dropped needles, blades and instruments that are frequently too difficult to find and hard to pick up from the operating room floor.
West Nile
West Nile Hits Hard Around Dallas, and Its Spread Is Feared - New York Times
Texas jury awards nearly $1M to West Nile victim - Sacramento Bee
West Nile rising in Ark.; Health Dept. sends alert - San Francisco Chronicle
West Nile Spraying Could Affect North Texas Bees - CBS 11
State sees increased West Nile Virus activity - Connectcut Plus
IN THE NEWS
NEEDLESTICK SAFETY WEBINAR - NOVEMBER 14 1 PM EST
There will be an online event that examines modern needlestick safety - from its roots in the HIV/AIDS crisis to where we stand today. Safe In Common presents a panel of the nation’s foremost thought leaders and experts for an examination of needlestick and sharps safety – where it was, where it is, and where it needs to be.  This event will take an important look at the history of needlestick safety as it continues to push all stakeholders to go beyond the status quo to create a safer environment of care for all involved.
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VANISHPOINT® SYRINGE

  • Built-in safety mechanism is activated by fully depressing plunger while needle is still in patient 

  • Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure

  • One-handed activation 

  • Requires minimal training 

  • Non-reusable

  • Safe, efficient disposal

  • Color coded for gauge size

  • 1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.

HOSPITAL PORTER CUT BY USED NEEDLES LIFTS LID ON SCANDAL
A PORTER slashed three times by used medical equipment has lifted the lid on Basildon Hospital’s crisis with potentially hazardous contaminated waste. Stephen Courtnell says he had to have a total of four months off work after three separate incidents when he was cut by used scalpels and a needle while carrying bags of waste.
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CDC GRAND ROUNDS WEBCAST: UNSAFE INJECTION PRACTICES IN THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 13, 2012, 1-2 P.M. EST
Injectable medicines are commonly used in healthcare settings for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various illnesses. Unsafe injection practices put patients at risk of infection, and have been associated with a wide variety of procedures and settings. The CDC is hosting a session of their Grand Rounds that will explore the future of injection safety in public health. 
To watch go here at the designated time >
HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS ALIVE AND HEALTHY
About 1.7 million health care-acquired infections occur annually in the United States, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2002 with recent confirmation of the numbers. One of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract an infection.
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JOEY MEDICAL CLAMP UMBILLICAL CORD CUTTER

Cuts and Clamps the Umbilical Cord 


With an emphasis on safety and ease of use, the Joey Spray Guard is a delivery system that cuts and clamps both the maternal and infant sides of the umbilical cord and leaves the cute Joey Clamp on the infant.

Reduces the Spray 
The Joey Spray Guard provides a concurrent clamping and cutting action that shields the caregiver from blood spray.  This advanced, ergonomically designed product will change the face of delivery.

MARYLAND CONFIRMS FIRST HEPATITIS C CASE LINKED TO ARRESTED MED TECH
Infection of Baltimore VA Medical patient 'closely related' to others identified in probe
Health officials in Maryland confirmed Monday the state's first hepatitis C case directly linked to traveling medical technician David Kwiatkowski, whose arrest by federal law enforcement officials in July in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire sparked a nationwide probe of patients he had contact with.
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MENINGITIS PATIENTS STRUCK BY 2ND ILLNESS
People recovering from a meningitis outbreak caused by a contaminated steroid drug have been struck by a second illness, officials say.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Please click on any ISIPS member below to view their sharps safety products!
B.SAFE NEEDLE SAFETY SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

 

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 B.safe syringe system, when properly activated, will 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

 
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