|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||March 3, 2017|
Bloodborne Pathogen Training
Forensic professionals are frequently in contact with blood and other body fluids that pose a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Since duties involve potential occupational exposure, forensic professionals are covered by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard written by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Part of this standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030) is required annual training. This training course is designed to be in compliance witht the training requirements of the standard. One of the requirements of the annual training is that there be an open forum for questions and answers, to meet this requirement a discussion board will be available for open communication. While this course is geared toward forensic professionals, anyone that has to take bloodborne pathogen training can take this course as well.
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.
Free Box closed after needle stick reported
There's no such thing as a Free Box in Ashland, at least for now. Recology, which runs the Ashland Recycling Center on Oak Street, closed one of Ashland's more unusual features on Friday, Feb. 3, when three needles were allegedly found in donated items by an employee. "My concern went to safety of my employees and, frankly, the community," said Recology General Manager Gary Blake. "Safety was our concern." He says he hopes to reopen the Free Box but does not yet have a timeline. "I haven't seen anything like it before and certainly there are some individuals who feel strongly about the Free Box."
Blake said he did not personally verify that the needles were found and did not see them. "I didn't witness the needles. She was not, fortunately, stuck by the needles. Two had caps, one did not. I assume they had been used," Blake said, based on an employee's statements about what she said she found in the Free Box.
Kew needle stick witness appeal
Police are appealing for witnesses following four reports of people allegedly being jabbed with a needle in Kew and Fitzroy this month, Victoria Police say. A 12-year-old boy was allegedly jabbed in the arm with a needle about 9.30am on Saturday 18 February while waiting at a tram stop on Cotham Road, Kew. A 24-year-old man was allegedly jabbed on the hand about 2.40pm on Monday 20 February while travelling on a tram on High Street, Kew. Detectives have yesterday arrested a 40-year-old man; he was charged with two counts of intentionally cause injury, assault with weapon and unlawful assault.
Have your say on the Sharps Regulations 2013 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) wants to know your thoughts on the Sharps Regulations 2013.
To evaluate their effectiveness, the HSE is currently undertaking a post-implementation review (PIR) of the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, often referred to as Sharps Regulations.
The HSE is seeking views and experiences of healthcare workers, which will be invaluable in informing the review of the Sharps Regulations. In addition, it will be an opportunity to have your say on the regulations.
The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete and your responses will be treated as strictly confidential – and will remain anonymous when the data is analysed. The information provided will only be used for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the Sharps Regulations.
The survey, entitled Sharp instruments in healthcare (2013) regulations post-implementation, will close on 15 February and can be undertaken here.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
· 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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