Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 18, 2016
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Auto-retractable Safety Syringe Industry New Tech Developments and Advancements to Watch Out for 2021!!
Needlestick injuries among medical students: incidence and implications.
How an Accidental Needlestick Is Helping Me Put My Finances in Order
A medical student delays reporting his needlestick. Here’s what he learned.
What Should You Do If You Get a Needlestick?
New Healthcare Regulations Focus On Preventing Sharps-Related Injuries
By improving recycling regulations in the healthcare industry, officials working with the Department of Natural Resources hope to decrease accidental injuries.
Protection from Needle Stick Injuries in Insulin Injections
Needle Stick Injuries (NSI) with diabetes needles or lancing devices are one of the highest frequency sharps injuries in the healthcare setting[1].  Some healthcare workers believe that because people with diabetes inject with short thin needles they represent little risk of transmitting infection.  This is a dangerous fallacy.  Diabetes needles themselves have been shown to retain traces of blood.  It takes minute quantities of blood to transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV) or C (HCV).  
HIV
Millennials Could Cure HIV — If Only They Had the Resources
HIV survives in our chromosomal DNA
“Alarming” rates of late-stage HIV diagnosis despite ‘Prince Harry effect’
Surviving HIV for 20 years: The story of Sylvia Valerio
Scientists Discover New Weapon in Fight Against HIV
Police: Naperville robbers wielded needle allegedly infected with HIV
Prince Harry Jams With Choir Promoting HIV Awareness
Woman Gets Infected With HIV Through Shared Manicure Tool At A Nail Salon You Need To Read This!
A 22-year-old woman was diagnosed with HIV after having her nails done using shared manicure equipment. Doctors say the case, detailed in a medical journal, has revealed a new form of transmission for the virus.   However the researchers warned that transmission through shared manicure equipment is a 'very rare event' and the risks of infection from new sources are still very low. When diagnosed, the woman was found to have advanced HIV, according to the report in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
HIV test on USB stick could be start of consumer revolution in disease monitoring
The disposable device, which looks very similar to the USB memory stick that you use to move files from computer to computer, is based on a mobile phone chip.
Alarming Numbers of Straight People Don’t Realize They Have HIV Until Too Lat
Advocates warn heterosexual men and women are failing to realize they’re at risk—and aren’t being diagnosed until the virus has already caused real damage.
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
A Growing Group Of Doctors Are Big-Money Prescribers In Medicare
This Man Got Hepatitis From His Energy Drinks. How the Heck Does That Even Happen?
Frozen strawberries linked to hepatitis A outbreak shipped to 8 central Indiana restaurants
Cough virus kills liver cancer cells and hepatitis virus
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
West Nile Virus Can Kill Years After Infection
Study: West Nile Virus Is Deadlier Than the CDC Says
Long-Term West Nile Deaths: Higher Than Thought?
Can West Nile Virus Keep Making You Sick?
Texas West Nile survivor faces years of recovery
West Nile virus survivor in his fourth year of recovery
ZIKA VIRUS
Three New Local Zika Cases In South Florida
Nigeria At Risk of Zika Virus
Is Zika still a public health emergency?
Women at greater risk for Zika infection due to suppressed vaginal immune response
Geographic Variability in Zika-Related Birth Defects Baffles Scientists
Zika virus can survive on hard surfaces for hours, researchers say
Zika Infection in U.S. Is Still Rare So Far, Blood Donations Indicate
A Zika solution? Researchers release promising initial reports
IN THE NEWS
WE NEED A HERO!
When I was a boy my mother and father used to frequently read to me and my siblings. Many nights would find us gathered around the rocking chair as they would read to us stories of explorers and adventurers. I had several favorites that I enjoyed.
I remember stories of Thomas Edison, Madame Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur. These individuals influenced many aspects of my life, including a desire to apply the scientific method to areas of my life.  I read many stories on my own as I desired to learn more about these individuals. I read about the fascinating inventions for which Thomas Edison received patents; this influenced me greatly. I read silly children’s stories like the “Encyclopedia Brown” series. I ended up mimicking the protagonist and placed pulleys and ropes all over my bed, so that when I got out of bed all I had to do was pull two ropes and the sheets and covers pulled up to the top of the bed and my bed was made!    We all need heroes and others who we look up to in our lives. They can help us to make changes and adjustments in the way we do things. Are there any heroes who are making a difference in reducing needlestick and other sharps injuries at your hospital?  Let us know. We would love to share your stories. 
EXPOSURE OF PATIENTS TO HIV AND HEPATITIS C DURING SURGICAL PROCEDURES
Mark Davis, MD discusses what patients need to do and ask their surgeon to assure that best practices are performed during their surgery. Topics discussed include the use of checklists, blunt needles, safety scalpels and a transfer neutral zone. In addition, a written Patient-Surgeon Mutual Protective Agreement is presented.
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INVENTION COULD HELP DIABETICS WITH SAFER, SURER INSULIN INJECTIONS
Device essentially substitutes for the 2nd hand, producing a bulge that holds the insulin needle stable in subcutaneous fat.
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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. 
 
ITL BIOMEDICAL ANNOUNCES EARLY SALES OF RECENTLY LAUNCHED NEW PRODUCT DONORCARE® NEEDLE GUARD 2
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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDPROOFING YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE
What baby book would be complete without a list of potential hazards lurking in your home? 
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RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY ANTIBODY THAT NEUTRALIZES 98% OF HIV STRAINS
An antibody from an HIV-infected person has successfully neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including the lion’s share of strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class, US scientists have found. 
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MEDICAL DEVICE EMPLOYEES ARE OFTEN IN THE O.R., RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT INFLUENCE
They are a little-known presence in many operating rooms, offering technical expertise to surgeons installing new knees, implanting cardiac defibrillators or performing delicate spine surgery.   Often called device reps — or by the more cumbersome and less transparent moniker “health-care industry representatives” — these salespeople are employed by the companies that make medical devices: Stryker, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, to name a few. Their presence in the OR, particularly common in orthopedics and neurosurgery, is part of the equipment packages that hospitals typically buy.
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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.

STUDY: ZIKA VIRUS CAN LINGER ON HARD SURFACES
Zika virus can be transmitted from an environmental source—underscored by a worker infected from a needle stick injury in a Pennsylvania lab earlier this ...
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WARNING OVER NURSES EXTRACTING INSULIN FROM PENS WITH NEEDLES
If staff feel it will protect them from needlestick-injury, they “may resort” to using an insulin syringe and needle, it said, adding that staff may also ...
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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. 
 
 
TECHLY EXPLAINS: WHY ARE THERE LIMITS ON DONATING BLOOD?
My father has donated blood to the Red Cross every twelve weeks, like clockwork, for the past 40-odd years. So I can only imagine how many people are walking around out there with a little bit of him in their veins.   I used to go along and donate with him, and we would do it every twelve weeks because that was how often you could donate blood. But then I had to stop donating blood for a while after each time I got any of my piercings or tattoos. Why is that?
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Please click on any ISIPS member below to view their sharps safety products!
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.

 
*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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