Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 3, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Skin Patches Instead of Needles: Can Nanotechnology Vaccinate the World?
West Introduces LyoSeal® Instant Sealing Solution and NovaGuard® SA Pro Safety ...
New Address for Safety Needle Manufacturer
Are New Drugs for Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns
Needlestick Tips
Prism Medical -The Ultimate Protection Against Accidental Needle Sticks
Prism Medical & Design develops patented dental and medical devices that prevent accidental punctures and cuts from devices like syringes, scalpels, suture needles — collectively known as medical sharps. Nearly every healthcare professional uses sharps for some aspect of their job, and nearly every healthcare 
Germany Hospital Crisis HIV Infected Refugees Stab Doctors and Female Staff!
Needlestick injuries from cosmetic surgery
Over 51,000 cosmetic procedures including microdermabrasion with needlesticks were performed in the private sector in Britain last year.
Safety Shield Needlestick Prevention Device
Safety Shield is designed to reduce needlestick injuries, as well as reduce the fear and anxiety that is associated with the potential for these injuries
Any Way You Slice It: Marketing an innovative product to two distinct industries - Utah Business
What happens when you cross a surgical scalpel with click pen? You get one of the most innovative products in the medical and hobbyist industries
FOCUS ON: Safety Issues & Regulation in the Healthcare Industry
Here's a look at the hazards workers in the healthcare industry face and how the jurisdictions regulate healthcare safety and hazards in their OHS laws.
HIV
Intensify sensitisation of teenagers on HIV/Aids
Oyo criminalises stigmatising people living with HIV/AIDS
New HIV Infections of Men in England Have Dropped by a Third
Black Americans Still Undertreated for HIV
New SF General clinic treats older HIV patients
How To Combat Ebola, HIV, Zika For A Few Dollars: Understanding Unintended Outcomes
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.
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.
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
Free vaccines for high-risk male group as hepatitis A cases rise
SLU researchers receive $416,000 to further work toward hepatitis B cure
2017 February Hepatitis Newsletters - AbbVie's Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir
Hepatitis A How to Cure
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
In the galleries: These landscapes are something short of idyllic
Colorado court rejects appeal; rancher who waged war on mosquitoes to protect spouse faces jail
Iowa State University to take part in center of excellence focused on vector-borne diseases such as Zika, West Nile
West Nile Virus Infection Treatment Market Analysis Detailed Profiles of Top Industry Players and Their Segments Till 2025
Security Officer West Nile Non-profit Careers - World Vision International
West Nile virus accounted for 95% of domestic arboviral disease in 2015
New Market Research Report: West Nile Virus Infections - Pipeline Review, H2 2016
Mosquito bite came first, then West Nile and, eventually, death
Wisner woman beats effects of West Nile
Jenex Provides Update on Next Generation Technology, TherOZap(TM) to Test Against the West Nile Virus and Zika Virus
ZIKA VIRUS
Fueled by Zika fears, Miami's hotel tax revenue sags
Woman, child test negative for Zika
NIFA prepares eco-friendly bio-larvicide to control mosquitoes spreading dengue, Zika
Zika research, yellow fever, Seoul virus and other viral disease news
Mom, newborn with rare condition test negative for Zika
Zika cases now at 57 in PHL, DOH says
Mexico Confirms First Case of Zika-Related Birth Defect
Experimental Zika virus vaccine shown to be 100% effective in animal trials
New Zika vaccine candidate provides powerful protection
The status of Zika one year later
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.”
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
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. 
 
NEW SURGICAL MASK DOESN'T JUST TRAP VIRUSES, IT RENDERS THEM HARMLESS
Innovative improvement on surgical masks will make them effective by empowering them to kill viruses.The surgical masks people wear to stop the spread of diseases don't work well -- that isn't what they're designed for. Pathogens like influenza are transmitted in aerosol droplets when we cough or sneeze. Masks trap the droplets but the virus remains infectious. Scientists took on the challenge of improving the masks, using salt to turn them into virus killers.
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CDC - BLOODBORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASES - STOP STICKS : SAFETY CULTURE - SAFETY CLIMATE SURVEY - NIOSH WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH TOPIC
Sharps injuries are a significant injury and health hazard for health care workers and also result in a number of direct and indirect organizational costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals. More recent data from the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet™) suggest these injuries can be reduced, as sharps-related injuries in nonsurgical hospital settings decreased 31.6% during 2001–2006 (following the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000). However, injuries in surgical settings increased 6.5% in the same period, where adoption of safety devices was limited compared to nonsurgical settings. It has been estimated about half or more of sharps injuries go unreported. Most reported sharps injuries involve nursing staff, but laboratory staff, physicians, housekeepers, and other health care workers are also injured.
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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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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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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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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. 
 
 
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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CQC FINDS SAFETY ISSUES AT BPAS ABORTION CLINIC AFTER 16 SERIOUS INCIDENTS
The Care Quality Commission has uncovered a number of health and safety issues at BPAS abortion clinic in Merseyside following 16 serious incidents.
https://lifecharity.org.uk/news-and-views/1004704/
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BLOOD BORNE VIRUS INSURANCE FROM UNUSUALRISKS.COM.AU
A helpful summary of the facts of needle stick injury (NSI) and sharps injuries and how you can protect your future if you suffer a workplace injury and 
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SAFETY-CAP NEEDLE
The "SMART" safety cap will make all injection safer. Only enhanced needle cap makes it possible to work not only RUP(Reuse Prevention) but also SIP(Sharps Injury Prevention)
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HOW TO PREVENT SHARPS AND NEEDLE STICK INJURIES
This blog explores how to minimise the risk of sharps and needle stick injuries in the workplace.
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FOCUS ON: SAFETY ISSUES & REGULATION IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY - OHS INSIDER
Here's a look at the hazards workers in the healthcare industry face and how the jurisdictions reg
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES AMONG EMPLOYEES AT A RETAIL PHARMACY CHAIN
Report released March 2012. Authored by Marie de Perio (MD). An HHE Program investigator examined pharmacists? exposure to needlestick injuries in a retail pharmacy chain.
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MAPPING THE MICROORGANISMS BEHIND HOSPITAL-BORNE INFECTIONS
A new project could help protect patients by showing how microbes move throughout hospitals.
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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.
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