Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 11, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
How an Accidental Needlestick Is Helping Me Put My Finances in Order
Preventing needlestick injuries
Predominantly a health care-related risk, needlestick and sharps injuries are serious. NIOSH states that these types of injuries occur when a worker comes in contact with a contaminated needle, scalpel or other sharps.
Using Safer Devices, Following Hierarchy of Controls Can Cut Sharps Injuries
Occupational exposure to blood and body fluids (BBF) is a serious – even deadly -- hazard faced daily by many healthcare personnel.
OSHA Compliance: It’s More Than Just Worker Safety
Organizations across all industries are required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations in order to support a safe and healthful workplace. For healthcare facilities, compliance efforts span everything from safeguarding environmental conditions to preventing hazardous materials exposure to ensuring ergonomically correct procedures. Although OSHA focuses on preserving worker safety, the precautions housed in the standards can—and should—extend beyond employees, offering downstream benefits in terms of better patient care. Following are a few examples of how consistently meeting OSHA requirements can impact more than just staff.
Syringes and Needles Market Explores New Growth Opportunities By 2020
Syringes and needles are sterile devices used to inject solutions into the body. Syringes and needles are also used to isolate various types of body fluids
Honeywell Launches Needle Stick-Resistant Gloves
Honeywell has launched a new range of gloves, Picguard Urban, which offers protection against needle stick and puncture. The gloves are made using puncture- and tear-resistant para-aramid, polyurethane, and ceramic materials that protect the palm and fingers effectively. Reinforced protective coating on the fingertips and hand side offer better abrasion and puncture resistance. These features make the use of overgloves unnecessary, and provide more flexibility and dexterity to workers.
OSHA Turns Up The Heat On Healthcare Employers
As most in the healthcare industry know, the United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues its scrutiny of the industry. According to OSHA, more workers are injured in the healthcare and social assistance sector than in any other industry (manufacturing is second). This scrutiny, coupled with OSHA’s recent increase in penalties, punctuates the need for employers to remain focused on both traditional safety issues (e.g., bloodborne pathogens and ergonomics), as well as issues that historically get less attention in the industry.
HIV
Australian law needs a refresher on the science of HIV transmission
Having HIV isn’t a crime. Why do efforts such as Prop. 60 try to convince us otherwise?
Yolanda Hadid compares Lyme Disease to HIV
HIV/AIDS in Venezuela 'impossible to control,' health group warns
Should adults be immunized?
Adults need to be immunized for a number of reasons:
  • They may have missed out on vaccines in childhood.
  • The newer vaccines were not available when they were children.
  • They fall into risk categories, because of travel, old age, etc.
Booster doses are needed for many childhood vaccines. Most people religiously immunize their children but are not too concerned about their own immunizations. Adults can pick up nasty infectious diseases and it is wise to consult your family General Practitioner and ensure that you are fully protected.Current vaccines have a good safety record and have an efficacy of around 90%.
25 amazing things Magic Johnson has done in 25 years since his HIV diagnosis
Magic has led an incredible life
HIV is 'not under control among most infected Americans'
Only 3 out of 10 Americans infected with HIV have the virus in check - furthermore, around two thirds of cases where HIV levels are out of control occur in people who have been diagnosed with the virus but are no longer in care.
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!
HEPATITIS
RECALL ALERT: Frozen Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A
118 in Kent County receive hepatitis A vaccine after strawberry recall
Five States List Facilities that Received Hepatitis A Strawberries
From hepatitis C to hepatitis free
Food at Colorado Springs restaurants linked to hepatitis A
Official: Fourth-largest city in Russia has HIV epidemic
Russian health officials say one in 50 people in the country's fourth-largest city is carrying the HIV virus as Russia struggles to deal with a rapidly rising number of infections.
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.
Hepatitis C sufferer sentenced for deliberately flicking blood in woman's face
A Hepatitis C sufferer who deliberately flicked blood in a woman's face has been charged in Christchurch District Court. 18-year-old Brandon Lee Coulson was sentenced to 12 months supervision and 180 hours community work. He was charged with assault, intentionally damaging a car, assault using knife as the weapon, assault against a female and assault against women
Hepatitis outbreak may have reached local nursing home
Residents and staff at Medilodge of Port Huron may have been exposed to Hepatitis A by contaminated frozen strawberries. The facility, at 5635 Lakeshore Road in Fort Gratiot, has been linked to a nationwide recall of frozen strawberries linked to an outbreak of the disease, said Annette Mercatante, St. Clair County Medical Health Officer.
Man develops hepatitis after drinking too many energy drinks
Doctors in Florida say they treated a patient who developed liver failure from consuming too many of these popular beverages.
WEST NILE
West Nile virus survivor in his fourth year of recovery
Officials not worried after West Nile death
West Nile Virus Hits Williamson County
Louisiana reports 1st West Nile virus death of season
6 new West Nile virus cases reported in Louisiana
ZIKA VIRUS
Keeping an Eye on Zika: Clinicians Need to Be Aware of the Ocular Findings of the Virus
Zika, Climate Change and Me
Florida voters AGREE to release genetically-modified killer mosquitoes to fight Zika
'Zika can break out anywhere,' warns Brazilian doctor
Zika infection confirmed in Pacific republic
Cuba is waging an organized, intrusive war on Zika. It’s working
Zika therapy 'works in the womb'
Antibody Might Protect Fetus From Zika, Study Finds
IN THE NEWS
RESIDENT DOCTORS MORE PRONE TO NEEDLE STICK INJURIES: AIIMS STUDY
Majority of doctors stand at a risk of needle-stick injuries and its associated complications, a new study by AIIMS has revealed. Moreover, this risk is much higher for resident doctors working in emergency wards and intensive care units, the study added. The observational prospective study, whose results have been published in Journal of Laboratory Physicians,  was done on the healthcare workers of a tertiary care academic health organization of North India from January 2011 to December 2013. ...
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SURGERY TECH WHO RAISED FEAR OF HIV TRANSMISSION SENTENCED TO 6 1/2 YEARS
A surgery technician who jumped from hospital to hospital in Washington and around the West after getting hooked on fentanyl while serving as a medic in Afghanistan was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison on Monday for stealing a syringe.
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OSHA TURNS UP THE HEAT ON HEALTHCARE EMPLOYERS
As most in the healthcare industry know, the United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues its scrutiny of the industry. According to OSHA, more workers are injured in the healthcare and social assistance sector than in any other industry (manufacturing is second). This scrutiny, coupled with OSHA’s recent increase in penalties, punctuates the need for employers to remain focused on both traditional safety issues (e.g., bloodborne pathogens and ergonomics), as well as issues that historically get less attention in the industry.
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I ACCIDENTALLY STUCK MYSELF WITH A DIRTY NEEDLE, NOW WHAT?
It wasn’t the most fun way to end an overnight shift yesterday. After I finished placing my last epidural, I was cleaning up my tray when I mishandled the used epidural needle and punctured the glove of my right index finger. Blood started welling up inside the glove. I immediately ripped it off and poured betadine all over my finger. I quickly had a discussion with the patient and she confirmed that she didn’t have any blood-borne diseases of which she knew. However, to be safe, she agreed to have her blood drawn and tested. 
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Predominantly a health care-related risk, needlestick and sharps injuries are serious. NIOSH states that these types of injuries occur when a worker comes in contact with a contaminated needle, scalpel or other sharps.
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STUDY REVEALS NEEDLE NEGLIGENCE: 73% DOCTORS AT RISK
Neglecting injuries from needles while attending to patients exposes 73% of doctors to blood transmitted diseases, revealed a recent study by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. While the observations listed inexperienced doctors, below 25 years of age, in the high risk category, resident doctors in Maharashtra agreed that there was minimal awareness about needle stick injuries. They also said that there was excessive workload in emergency wards and carelessness in vaccinations.
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2 YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL DOCTORS DISPUTE CLAIMS ON PROPOSED SHORTER SHIFTS FOR FIRST-YEAR INTERNS
A proposal to allow first-year resident doctors to work 28-hour shifts would not necessarily harm the doctors or their patients, two top physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital said Monday.  But the interest group Public Citizen, based in Washington, D.C., has come out strongly against the proposal by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which sets the work standards for residents.
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WASTE FIRM OBJECTS TO BAGS
Recently, a collection worker’s hand was pierced by a used syringe discarded in a bag, while a child in Ballymun also came into contact with syringes.Under EU legislation introduced in July, the collection of bags was to be banned. However, following lobbying from local representatives, in the region of 900 streets were given a derogation from the legislation by Dublin City Council, a decision that Greyhound says poses risks for its collection staff and the public.
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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. 
 
 
PREVENTION OF SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS-WHO RECOMMENDS 21 WAYS TO STOP SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS
People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines for the World Health Organization that aims to save lives, cut cost and arrest the spread of superbugs.
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STATE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE HIV INFECTIONS, AIDS DEATHS
State and local health officials hope to cut new HIV infections at least in half, and AIDS-related deaths by more than one-third, by 2021.
DIALYSIS PATIENTS ARE DEMANDING THAT FDA REVOKES APPROVAL OF WIDELY USED DIALYSIS NEEDLE TECHNOLOGY
As most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who conduct Dialysis know, the Buttonhole (Constant-Site) Technique is a method which inserts a Dialysis Needle into the same spot each time Dialysis Treatments are conducted. This allows scar tissue to form at the insertion point and creates a tunnel or hole, similar to the hole in a pierced ear. Used for almost 30 years this "Needle Sticking" Technique has been shown to cause fewer complications, decreased pain, and is less time consuming when compared to using different needle insertion sites for each Dialysis Treatment. 
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CDC FLU UPDATE ACTIVITY LOW OVERALL THROUGHOUT US
According to the FluView report for the week ending Oct. 22, 2016, flu activity is low overall in the continental United States, with only Guam reporting
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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.

HOW EPIPEN PRICE GOUGING HURTS MY PATIENTS AND MY FAMILY
When I found out my daughter was allergic to peanuts, she was a year old. She couldn’t have cared less. She was smiling and happy, sitting on my lap in the allergist’s office, blissfully unaware of the big red mark on the side of her face. And I was crying and sad, crushed for that moment that the first challenge had been put in her path. I wasn’t sad that she was different, that her cheeks would never be covered in sticky PB and J or that Reese’s cups would now be off limits on Halloween. I was sad because I am not only her mom, but I am also an emergency medicine physician. I have seen children and adults arrive moments from death, their swollen tongues pushed out of ballooned lips while gasping for air.  In anaphylaxis, whether true shock or a severe allergic reaction, I have saved lives with the quick administration of epinephrine, reversing the course of an otherwise devastating disease
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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS STEPS TO IMPROVE HYGIENE PRACTICES, REDUCE BURDEN OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES WORLDWIDE
The "Small Steps for Big Change" report, commissioned by The Global Hygiene Council (GHC) is published today, highlighting the alarming burden of...
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COUPLE ALLEGEDLY INJECTED KIDS WITH HEROIN TO HELP THEM SLEEP, REPORT SAYS
A Washington State couple is facing multiple charges after the pair allegedly injected their kids with heroin in order to “put them to sleep,” ABC News reports.
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MEDIPURPOSE TO SHOWCASE NEW, INNOVATIVE ANZEN SAFETY SCALPEL AT MEDICA TRADE FAIR - COMPANY WELCOMES DISTRIBUTOR AND END-USER FEEDBACK AT MEDICA BOOTH 16C20-4
MediPurpose, the leader in innovative safety solutions for the healthcare market, today announced that it will showcase its new, innovative safety scalpel, Anzen, at the MEDICA Trade Fair, taking place in Dusseldorf Germany November 14 – 16, 2016.
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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. 
 
WOMAN WITH HIV JAILED FOR JABBING BOY WITH INFECTED NEEDLE
Say what?
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CANADA DISEASE EMPLOYEE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO EBOLA VIRUS
An employee at Canada's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Dr. John Copps said Tuesday the employee was working with six infected pigs Monday and noticed a split in the seam of his protective suit during decontamination after working in the Level 4 lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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4TH COCHRANE WORK WEBINAR ON SAFETY DEVICES
The next Cochrane Work webinar will be about our review Devices for preventing percutaneous exposure injuries caused by needles in healthcare personnel. This webinar will focus on the benefits and harms of safety medical devices aiming to prevent needle stick injuries in healthcare workers. We will provide you with an overview of the available evidence and the currently ongoing update of the review. The idea is to explain what works and what doesn’t work. We will explain why we still need studies and what study designs are needed to provide good quality evidence. See below for instructions on how to join.
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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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