Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 6, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Experts probe health risk from popular cosmetic treatment
Research and Markets - Global Prefilled Syringes Market Growt at CAGR of 10.1%, 2016-2021: Gerresheimer, …
Eighty-three staff and patient accidents in Hartlepool’s hospital last year
First Aid and needlestick Policy
Utah's first needle exchange program is up and running
In June, the CDC identified 220 counties across the U.S. that are at the highest risk of having an HIV or hepatitis C outbreak. Three are in Utah: Carbon, Beaver and Emery.
Germany Hospital Crisis HIV Infected Refugees Stab Doctors and Female Staff!
Needlestick injuries: Don’t put others at risk
Toni Robinson, Compliance Manager, provides some practical advice for the safe disposal of used medical needles, syringes and epi-pens.
HIV
Guidelines for HIV/AIDS Diagnosis and Treatment
HIV test after 6 weeks
NHS allegedly spent more than £100,000 fighting against HIV prevention drug
HIV patients submit memo to minister
Long search for HIV cure
HIV still with us but manageable
These Startups In India Are Making HIV Treatment Confidential, Affordable And Efficient
Scientists crack the structure of HIV machinery
Ghana’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate declines
Ghana’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate continues to decline and currently stands at 1.37 per cent, while proportion of women living with HIV/AIDS is 57 per cent compared to 43 per cent for men. Ghana’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate continues to decline and currently stands at 1.37 per cent, while proportion of women living with HIV/AIDS is 57 per cent compared to 43 per cent for men.
Ebola virus found hiding in lungs of health-care worker
Ebola appeared to be replicating in the lungs of the patient for five days after the virus was no longer detectable in the blood.
How modern medicine is keeping HIV in checks
The stigma of HIV remains. But with modern medicines, Charlie Sheen and others infected by the virus can lead a normal life.
Experts raise concern over the spread of HIV/AIDs due to wife inheritance
They say death is inevitable but this natural phenomenon is now threatening the very existence of an entire community with the age old tradition of wife...
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
Chandra Bozelko: Legislature can fight hepatitis C in prisons
Hepatitis C cheap drugs warrior Greg Jefferys in documentary role
Alcohol, Liver Health and Hepatitis C
More churches reaching out to drug abusers to stem spread of HIV, hepatitis C
Convicted cop killer must get very, very expensive hepatitis C drugs, federal court judge rules
Could Hepatitis C Damage Your Kidneys as Well?
Hepatitis outlook: December 2016
Hepatitis C not discovered in any of 25 donor blood samples that tested positive earlier
Judge Rules Mumia Abu-Jamal Should Be Provided Expensive New Medication To Treat Hepatitis C
Pennsylvania Is Ordered to Provide Hepatitis C Drug to Inmate
Improper handling of accident victims raises risk of transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B
Uganda has one of the highest accident incidents globally. Experts believe that as a result of an ill-equipped ambulance and emergency units...
JAILED: Man stabbed Blackburn shop worker with syringe before shouting 'I've got hepatitis'
A MAN who stabbed a shop worker with a syringe in Blackburn after shoplifting has been sent to prison.
Chasing a Cure for Hepatitis C
Three months of Harvoni costs upwards of $95,000 and my insurance refused to pay for it. I was told I wasn’t sick enough.
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
Five little-known diseases to watch out for in 2017
UTMB given millions to fight Zika, West Nile
Zika, West Nile cases increase in 2016
West Nile Virus
Zika education helped keep West Nile cases down
West Nile causes lasting effects for area residents
ZIKA VIRUS
County preps for Zika fight
First Travis County case of congenital Zika virus confirmed
Zika Virus Updates: First Case Confirmed in Travis County
Australian swimmer-turned-commentator Giaan Rooney talks about being pregnant just five months after returning from Rio where she covered the Olympics amid Zika fears
Dengue virus antibodies may worsen Zika infections
Zika-related microcephaly case diagnosed in Travis County infant
Why Odds are Against a Large Zika Outbreak in the US
Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly
Zika, West Nile cases increase in 2016
“West Nile is pretty much here to stay. We still have an expectation that we’re going to see cases on a yearly basis.”
El Nino Fueled Zika Outbreak, Study Suggests
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that a change in weather patterns, brought on by the 'Godzilla' El Niño of 2015, fueled the Zika
IN THE NEWS
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. 
 
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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THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, AS SEEN BY A MEDICAL ETHICIST
A broader common good will be served, even as individual patients are given new hope and sometimes cured.
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SILENT EPIDEMIC: NURSES STEAL MEDS FROM PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS, HOMES
It's a silent epidemic where the only cure is being caught: Nurses stealing prescription drugs, sometimes even from their patients, to feed their own addiction.
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ITL BIOMEDICAL ANNOUNCES EARLY SALES OF RECENTLY LAUNCHED NEW PRODUCT DONORCARE® NEEDLE GUARD 2
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BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN AND NEEDLE STICK INJURY PREVENTION
Bloodborne pathogen exposure is a major concern in many workplace settings. Read our blog to learn how to prevent needle stick injuries and bloodborne pathogens.
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UNDER-THE-SKIN IMPLANT WHICH RELEASES DAILY PREP COULD SLASH HIV RATES
A subdermal implant is being developed by scientists in Boston, who believe it could be a game-changer in the fight against AIDS - thanks to fact it would release a regular dose of PrEP.
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SCIENTISTS DEVELOP SURGICAL "PUMP" THAT WOULD DISTRIBUTE HIV-PREVENTION MEDS INTO THE BODY
The device would only have to be refilled once or twice a year.
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STUDIES BACK HOSPITAL CLEANERS CALL FOR INCREASED STAFFING TO PREVENT HOSPITAL INFECTION DEATHS
With provincial funding for Ontario hospital services falling for years, understaffing is getting worse in hospital environmental services, with reports of
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ONE-THIRD IN CARE FOR HIV IN THE U.S. HAD DETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD IN 2012-2013
One-third -- more often women, blacks, Hispanics and younger people -- of those in HIV care had detectable viral loads that could pose a risk for HIV...
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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.

HEP C TEST PUSH FOR DENTAL PATIENTS
MORE than 4000 patients treated at a Brisbane dental surgery are being sought by Queensland Health amid fears of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis C.
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SO FAR NO DISEASE CONFIRMATIONS AT TOMAH VA AFTER DENTIST MALPRACTICE
Nearly 600 vets exposed to HIV, hepatitis after dentist didn't clean equip. TOMAH, Wis. -- It was Nov. 29 when the Tomah VA announced that 59
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REJECT SYRINGES COULD CAUSE 'PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER'
Drug users are rejecting a new batch of syringes in Australia's needle exchange programs, saying they're too blunt and that the tips are snapping off in people'
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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER GET YOUR EARS PIERCED AT THE MALL-IT'S A REALLY, REALLY BAD IDEA.
Seems innocent, right? You want to get your or your kid's ears pierced and you figure, I'll just head on down to the mall and get it done at one of those kiosks or affordable accessory shops. But unfortunately, that's a not-so-smart move. Why, you ask? It's dangerous, say experts. So before you head to a retail store for a quick ear piercing, read up on why you should go to a professional piercing studio instead.
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WOMAN TESTED FOR HIV AFTER EAR PIERCING SPEAKS OUT
A woman who had to be tested for HIV after having her ear pierced has said she was glad to see the studio's owner brought to justice. Molly Ormond, 19, ha
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUVI-Q, THE NEW EPIPEN ALTERNATIVE
Here's some welcome news for anyone with severe allergies longing for another option besides the famously overpriced EpiPen: Auvi-Q is coming back on the market in the United States in the first half of 2017, according to its maker, Kaléo.
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DENTIST OFFICE PATIENTS AT RISK OF HIV, OTHER INFECTIONS IN PA
Nearly 1,000 letters went out to patients of the Bern Township, PA, dentist office, asking them to get tested for hepatitis B, C, and HIV. More
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SYRINGES ON EL DORADO PAVEMENT CREATE CONCERN
Several syringes strewn on a pavement along the Eastern Main Road in El Dorado are creating a stir among residents and passersby. The syringes are part of a pile of garbage outside of the location of a medical business that is in the process of moving out. Some of the syringes appear to still have some liquid in them and many remain uncapped with needles exposed.
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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW HAND HYGIENE
ICT presents a review of the top news, features and slide shows relating to hand hygiene in 2016.
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DEALING WITH SHARPS AN ISSUE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
Bloomington Bagel Co. employees made a startling discovery as they opened the Kirkwood Avenue shop early Wednesday morning. They found an unconscious person in a restroom and called 911 for...
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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. 
 
 
WHEN IS MEDICAL LAUNDRY CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS?
Hazardous laundry in healthcare demands special care and handling. Learn about what hazardous medical laundry actually is, and how to handle it here.
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9 TIPS FOR PREVENTING INFECTION IN THE HOSPITAL
We can prevent infections in the hospital. With a few simple tips to cut back on nosocomial infections like C Diff (Clostridium difficile) and antibiotic resistant infections like MRSA.
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SMALLPOX MAY HAVE EMERGED IN MORE RECENT TIMES, RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS ROLE IN HISTORY
New genetic research from an international team including McMaster Universit
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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.

 
*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.
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