Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 10, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Scientists confirm we should only work 4 days a week
Top 5 Best needle resistant gloves for sale 2017
There are such a large number of decisions and choices when you need to pick needle resistant gloves from the market.
Needle Safety: 6 Steps to Preventing Needlestick Injuries When Using Ampoules
The AO Ampoule Opener and AS Ampoule Stand are game-changing products that virtually eliminate...
Knox deputy taking vaccinations after needle stick during arrest
Feb. 3, deputies went to a home on Highway 225 in Barbourville after receiving a report of a wanted person there.
Proper Drug Disposal Protects Patients, Caregivers
Kerri O’Keefe had worked as a care aide in the emergency department at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), in British Columbia, for more than 15 years, transporting...
Needle Stick Injury and What to do
Five actions to take when you get a needle stick injury from a dirty needle.
Patient Safety Movement Announces Innovation Award Winners at 5th Annual Summit
Patient Safety Movement Announces Innovation Award Winners at 5th Annual Summit
HIV
UNAIDS Appoints Ghana's Frist Lady Premier Ambassador for HIV Advocacy and OAFLA Head
STUDY: Hospitalized People With HIV More Likely to be Recreational Drug Users
Sadiq Khan urged to back national memorial to HIV victims in London
When the HIV Community Speaks, Congress Better Learn to Listen
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — fighting to end the epidemic
Why Young People At Risk For HIV Aren't Getting Tested
5 Controversial Nursing Issues Nurses Face Today
No matter how big nurses’ roles are in the health care system, they still aren’t immune to problems.
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
Hong Kong hepatitis A update: Retrospective investigations reveal 11 more cases
Hepatitis C kills more New Yorkers than HIV/AIDS
Hepatitis E outbreak kills 11 in Chad, threatens hundreds more: charity
Gilead cured hepatitis C. That’s become its biggest problem
Hepatitis B screening must for pregnant women: Doctors
Infectious Diseases Impact Millions: How Employers can Protect Workers
Avoid spreading infectious diseases by learning how they are transmitted.
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
Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks
First-year med student publishes paper on dengue, West Nile
Drought identified as key to severity of West Nile virus epidemics
Droughts actually make West Nile virus worse
ZIKA VIRUS
County expects to receive Zika grant
Zika and chikungunya: mosquito-borne viruses in a changing world
New ‘imported’ Zika case reported
‘It’s as if we’ve all forgotten about Zika’
The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights
IN THE NEWS
SHARPS SAFETY: CONTINUING THE BATTLE SHARPS SAFETY: UNDERSTANDING THE FEDERAL NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION LAW, PART I BY LISA BLACK, RN, BSN

I'm honored to continue the Sharps Safety column in the footsteps of Lynda Arnold, one of my heroes. Healthcare workers owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lynda for her remarkable contributions to the field of healthcare worker safety.

To readers who have followed this column over the 13 months since its inception, I look forward to continuing to bring you valuable sharps injury prevention information.

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SELECTING PPE FOR OPTIMAL PROTECTION AGAINST BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
 Are you using the best protective garments for your worksite? Use these tools when selecting PPE to ensure an optimal barrier against bloodborne pathogens.
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SMALLPOX VACCINES AND SPREADING SYPHILIS IN THE CIVIL WAR
Soldiers in the Civil War had to contend with numerous deadly diseases. Although effective, their vaccine for smallpox spread syphilis throughout the unit.
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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. 
 
WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES: LYOSEAL AND NOVAGUARD INTRODUCED | HEALTHCARE PACKAGING
LyoSeal® cap is an all-plastic, instant sealing solution for lyophilized drug products, while the NovaGuard® SA Pro safety system minimize
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SILVER ION-COATED MEDICAL DEVICES COULD FIGHT MRSA WHILE CREATING NEW BONE
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are caused by a type of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics used to...
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PRE-FILLED SYRINGES EAST COAST
SMi proudly present their 4th annual Pre-Filled Syringes East Coast conference in Boston, MA
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SPRAYS AND WIPES COULD DEGRADE PLASTICS OVER TIME
Sprays and wipes could degrade plastics over time. The repeated use of incompatible cleaning products could be harming medical devices.
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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.

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.
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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.
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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER GET YOUR EARS PIERCED AT THE MALL
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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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. 
 
 
OSHA FINES WHITEMARSH MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY FOR WORKPLACE VIOLENCE VIOLATIONS
Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital in Whitemarsh was fined more $32,000 by OSHA for several violations, including exposing employees to workplace violence. The company is contesting the citations.
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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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