Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 24, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Large Volume Wearable Injectors Market (3rd Edition), 2017-2027
Injectable Drug Delivery Market worth 624.50 Billion USD by 2021
What increases the chance of getting HIV?
Lance Henriksen Wields the Needlestick on Blu-ray
8 Steps After Accidental Needlestick
SeldiSafe® - Helping to reduce the risk of sharps injury during CVC insertion
 With 40,000 incidents reported each year in the UK (and at least as many go unreported), this is a major cause for concern for the NHS. SeldiSafe is an 18G 70mm introducer needle which can be used instead of your conventional introducer needle for CVC insertion.
Needle Injuries Often Unreported by Medical Students
 A recent study shows that medical students and hospital interns often fail to report self-inflicted needlestick injuries when treating patients.
Bloodborne pathogen Risks of crime scene cleanup - Suicide Cleanup™
Crime scenes are normally bloody, particularly when excessive violence is involved. This can have consequential health hazards especially after one gets into direct contact with contaminated blood. When faced with such a situation, it is prudent to consult a reliable, certified and trustworthy blood cleanup company to avoid exposing yourself to dangerous bloodborne diseases.
Student BMJ: Should I tell anyone about the needlestick injury I had on elective?
Student BMJ is a world renowned resource that supports medical students through every stage, from applying to medical school all the way to making the transition to junior doctor.
Humira Pen vs Syringe!
I have always used the pre-filled syringes for my Humira injections but due to a glitch in insurance I ended up having to use the auto-injection pen...
HIV
Florida man threatened to infect officers with HIV, deputies say
Another Leading HIV Organization Endorses Undetectable = Untransmittable
Five HIV patients are ‘virus free’ and no longer infectious after two doses of new vaccine
Advоcates fоr HIV preventiоn pill push fоr better access, infоrmatiоn
HIV: Early signs and symptoms
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
Texas: Hepatitis A case confirmed in Scurry County
Overland man exposes to Hepatitis C through 'spit sock,' charges say
Local clinic offers free Hepatitis C screenings
Messi promotes hepatitis C treatment in Egypt
Hepatitis B Market: Emerging Players Could Make The Difference
SF working on ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis C
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
Scientists Develop a Method to Forecast West Nile Virus Outbreaks
Mosquito Saliva-Derived Vaccine Could Prevent Malaria, Dengue, Zika, And West Nile
West Nile Virus likely culprit in plummeting numbers of Pennsylvania state bird, the ruffed grouse
Mosquito Spit Vaccine Would Fight Malaria, Zika, West Nile, Too
How West Nile Virus Transmission Is Higher During Drought
ZIKA VIRUS
Jamaica to participate in new PAHO, WHO research project on Zika
Does Zika Harm Male Fertility?
Vaccine Maker Seems To Admit It Needs Zika Outbreak
6 more positive Zika results returned after DC lab error
Number of pregnant women caught in D.C.’s botched Zika testing rises to nine
Link between Zika virus and blindness discovered at Wayne State
Zika Virus has Faded, But Should Not Be Forgotten
Feverish Sprint for a Zika Vaccine Faces a Strange Hurdle this Summer
T&T records 463 Zika pregnancies
Lawmakers decry Army’s planned Zika vaccine license to Sanofi
IN THE NEWS
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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NEEDLESTICK RISKS: DEFENSE AND RESCUE STRATEGIES FOR NURSES
Needlesticks and other sharps-related exposures to bloodborne pathogens (including HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus) continue to pose a significant occupational risk for healthcare workers. Largely preventable, these injuries are all-too-common events that create a significant burden for exposed workers, even if they don’t lead to infection.
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90,000 DUE FOR 2ND HEPATITIS A SHOT AFTER SUSHI OUTBREAK
Health officials are reminding 90,000 people in Hawaii who are soon due for a booster shot of the Hepatitis A vaccine. Last year’s deadly outbreak infected nearly 300 people who ate scallops at Genki Sushi.
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CDC - STOP STICKS : SHARPS INJURIES - NIOSH
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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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. 
 
OUCH! NEEDLESTICK INJURIES ON THE RISE
Ouch! Needlestick Injuries on the Rise | 360training.com Blog | Needlestick | Scoop.it
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 Implementing and following safety procedures can help to reduce the number of needlestick injuries in the workplace. Read our latest blog to learn more.
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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.
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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 AN ACCIDENTAL NEEDLESTICK IS HELPING ME PUT MY FINANCES IN ORDER 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. 
 
Asset protection - We’ve set up a family trust although I haven’t put our assets into it yet. I’ve been slow with the paperwork and I need to get on it, immediately.
 
Family Finances - I handle most of the finances in the family. If something were to happen to me, does my wife know how to access everything? Does she know what assets we have and how to handle them? We need to have a family discussion about this and should make it a regular part of our routine. 
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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. 
 
 
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.
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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