Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 3, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
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.
HIV
Rwanda targets zero HIV stigma, discrimination by 2020
The HIV epidemic is in its third decade, but are we any closer to a cure?
The strange case of the fake child prodigy who used his boyfriend's blood to cheat an HIV test
'Make some noise' for safe, supportive HIV/AIDS care, says UN on Zero Discrimination Day
HIV-positive Olympics legend's inspiring message: 'by sharing my weaknesses I was actually sharing my strength.'
HIV/AIDS positive children left out in cold
10 Reasons Those Living With HIV Will Survive Trump
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
Clinician Fails to Follow Up on Crucial Information
Doctors Without Borders Supports Challenge to Flawed Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs, Pushes to Expand Access to Lifesaving Medicines
Hepatitis outlook: early February 2017
Taking stock: Where does Europe stand in the elimination of hepatitis B and C?
Hepatitis C testing unnecessary for most patients
8 Benefits Of Turmeric In Hepatitis
Local clinic offers free Hepatitis C screenings
Canadian Women's Experiences Receiving a Hepatitis C Diagnosis
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
Family: Bloomer area man died of West Nile virus
Arsenite-induced stress granule formation is inhibited by elevated levels of reduced glutathione in West Nile virus-infected cells
State says too early to tell if West Nile threat is higher because of warm winter
Bloomer man diagnosed with West Nile Virus dies
West Nile Virus outbreak forecasting: Giving more time to plan for mosquito control efforts
West Nile Virus likely culprit in plummeting numbers of Pennsylvania state bird, the ruffed grouse
ZIKA VIRUS
Chelsea Clinton: America is suffering an opioid epidemic
CDC: Zika birth defects have increased twenty-fold
Birth Defects Rise Twentyfold in Mothers With Zika, C.D.C. Says
Nervous system birth defects 20 times likelier for Zika-hit mothers, study finds
Some birth defects 20 times more likely for moms with Zika, CDC says
Babies With Zika-Related Birth Defects Need Health Care And Services, March Of Dimes Says
Zika Fears 2017: Scientists Add 26 More Species, Including 7 In US, To List Of Mosquitoes That May Transmit Virus
Zika may be spread by up to 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say
Federal officials are auditing D.C. public health lab in wake of botched Zika tests
See how Zika infection changes a human cell
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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OUCH! NEEDLESTICK INJURIES ON THE RISE
Ouch! Needlestick Injuries on the Rise - 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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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. 
 
 
UNDERSTANDING HOW OSHA ENFORCES BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN STANDARDS IN MEDICAL/DENTIST OFFICES
A Strong Culture of Safety Begins With Leadership - 
The Joint Commission outlines what healthcare leaders must do to promote and support safe practices.
 
Healthcare leaders who fail to promote and support safety-focused protocols within their facilities are at least partially to blame for such adverse events as wrong-site surgery and delays in treatment, according to a Sentinel Event Alert released by The Joint Commission.
 
"A strong culture of safety begins with leadership — their behaviors and actions set the bar," says Ana Pujols McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at The Joint Commission. "I urge all healthcare leaders to make safety culture a top priority."
 
The alert outlines 11 steps to creating a culture of safety. How many are in place at your facility?
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SHARPS INJURIES: WHERE WE STAND TODAY - AMERICAN NURSE TODAY
Sharps injuries: Where we stand today - American Nurse Today | Needlestick | Scoop.it
From www.americannursetoday.com - March 1, 10:34 AM
 Nurses and physicians are most often the victims of sharps injuries. What steps can you take to reduce the risks?
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NEEDLESTICKS: AVOIDING THE HAZARD
During her second day on the job, the newly minted RN was tending to a febrile patient in the ICU and preparing to give him a shot of insulin. Because the patient was thin, she pinched a fold of flesh on his abdomen between her thumb and forefinger, as she’d been trained to do—but when she inserted the syringe it poked right through the patient into her own finger.   “He just looked at me and said, ‘oh, honey,’” the nurse recalled in an anonymous posting in an online discussion board for nurses. “That rang in my head the whole time as I was bleeding the puncture and washing my hands. Oh honey, indeed.”
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MAN ARRESTED AFTER SPATE OF SYRINGE PRICKS ON TRAMS OR TRAM STOPS IN KEW, FITZROY
A MAN has been arrested after four people, including a 12-year-old boy, were allegedly jabbed during a spate of needle stick incidents on public transport in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. The most recent incident occurred on Monday when a man, 24, was allegedly pricked on the hand in Kew while on a tram travelling on High St, around 2.40pm. Two days before, a 12-year-old boy was also allegedly jabbed in the arm with a needle in Kew at about 9.30am while waiting at a tram stop on Cotham Rd.  Officers are also investigating reports of two similar incidents in Fitzroy on Monday, February 20 that may be linked.  Detectives yesterday arrested a 40-year-old man and charged him with two counts of intentionally cause injury, assault with weapon and unlawful assault.
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MOTHER FINDS MISSION IN SON'S NEEDLE STICK
Tara Krook’s 5-year-old son punctured his finger on a used needle discarded in a Target aisle. She and her three children, Lotus, Vada and Cash, were perusing the pen aisle Dec. 2 when Cash found what he thought was a pen lying on the ground. In actuality, he found a needle underneath the cap of the syringe. He jammed the cap back on, at which point the needle broke through the cap and stuck him in the finger. "My head was spinning," Krook said. "I didn't know what to do."
 
People in the aisle guided her to the in-store pharmacy where she cleaned her son's finger, filed an incident report and then rushed him to the emergency room. After consulting with various doctors, she decided to give him a monthlong cocktail of medications to prevent a possible HIV infection.
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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.

BUSINESSES WORK TO REDUCE WORKPLACE HAZARDS
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration monitors labor sectors like health care and construction to ensure that employees are working in a safe environment.  As a sick patient heading to the hospital, you want the staff at 100 percent so they can best treat you.  "We actually tour and audit every inch of the hospital and off site every quarter," said Blake Bedke, Safety Specialist.
 
In 2010 nursing aids, orderlies and attendants had the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders of all occupations according to the OSHA website.
"It's because nurses lift 2 tons a day on the average," said Cheryl Henriksen, Employee Health Manager.   Environments like the emergency room which are full of high energy situations and stressors can lead to accidents, that's when Employee Health steps in.
 
"We take care of blood and body fluid if somebody gets a needle stick or they have a splash of amniotic fluid during a delivery of a baby," Henriksen said.
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FIRST RESPONDERS FACE INCREASED HEALTH RISK
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. - When calls come in, Johnstown firefighters and EMS workers are ready to jump into action, but flames, smoke and collapsing buildings aren't the only dangers they face.
 
The opioid epidemic in Cambria County is posing a threat to first responders. They have to protect themselves from contaminated needles, airborne drugs and other diseases spread through bodily fluids.
 
"We're seeing the cardiac arrests that we're responding to now, very commonly, almost everyday: 22-year-old, 28-year-old, 31-year-old, that segment of the population. In my 20 years as a firefighter in the city of Johnstown, it's never been like this," said Johnstown Fire Chief Anthony Kovacic.
 
First responders said they never know what they'll walk into, so they have to be cautious about where they stand and what they touch.
 
"If we're the first ones there, paraphernalia may or may not have been hidden and that gives us a risk of a needle stick or even contact with the drug. It's really a guessing game and we all work as a team, all three: fire, police and EMS. When we arrive on the scene where drugs may be the prime suspect, everybody has their head on a swivel, checking everybody's back and just going at it as a team approach," said Johnstown Fire Captain and Paramedic Michael Kelly.
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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. 
 
DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS AT RECORD HIGH ‒ CDC
From 1999 to 2015, the number of people who died from drug overdoses tripled, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost half of them were caused by heroin and other opioids. Opioids are driving down the life expectancy for white Americans, whose rate of fatal drug overdoses is rising faster than that of any other ethnic group. 
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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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