Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 31, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Dental Syringes Market Worth 126.9 Million USD by 2021
Police, sheriff's office need to get behind Ogden's needle exchange program
Parents alarmed over syringes left at Woonona park
Knox deputy taking vaccinations after needle stick during arrest
During Spears's arrest, Deputy Chad Wagner was stuck with a syringe from Spears's pocket.  Deputy Claude Hudson told WYMT, "(Wagner) asked (Spears) several times, 'Do you have a needle? Do you have a needle? He said, 'No.'"  While searching, Deputy Wagner was stuck by the needle that was uncapped, outside of Spears' pocket.
 
 
Kentucky paramedics rush to as many as 25 drug overdoses a day
President Trump has given a new commission 90 days to come up with ideas to address the deadliest drug crisis in American history. More than 52,000 people...
Inappropriate syringe reuse led to hep C transmission in Texas hospital, CDC says
A nurse in a Texas hospital mistakenly believed saline flush prefilled syringes could be reused in separate patients' intravenous lines, which led to a hepatitis C transmission in 2015, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.  After coworkers observed the nurse leaving partially filled syringes near a computer work station, the hospital investigated the practice in collaboration with state, regional and local health departments and the CDC in October 2015. In an interview, the nurse reported reusing syringes in the previous six months, "erroneously believing that this was a safe, cost-saving measure if no fluids were withdrawn into the syringe before injection of the saline flush," according to the report.
Greiner Bio-One Products for Safe and Accurate Blood Collection
It is important for laboratories to choose blood collection sets that are compatible with existing phlebotomy practices. Greiner Bio-One products are a widely recommended option for safe and accurate blood collection procedures. This manufacturer offers a comprehensive range of vacuum blood collection tubes including clotting tubes, serum and EDTA tubes to various specialized products. These products make routine tasks carried out at clinics, laboratories or in doctors’ practices much easier and importantly, safer.
California | One and Only Campaign
Injection Safety, Safe needle practices, and safe injection procedures are all vital to preventing hepatitis outbreaks.
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!
HIV
Health Risks Grow as Kids Born With HIV Age
This Chilean home offers hope for children with HIV
Nhandan Newspaper – Deputy PM calls for all-round efforts to end HIV/AIDS by 2030
What’s Reckless About a Campaign to Prevent HIV?
HIV In Women: Symptoms, Risk Factors, And Prevention
Treatment Action Group (TAG) Develops Toolbox to Assist Local Community HIV Activists
Mother abandon two-year-old HIV positive boy, allows him to suffer
HEPATITIS
Eliminating hepatitis in the United States: A road map
Hepatitis C on rise in NRV
Hepatitis B and C, linked to Parkinson’s disease
Mumia Abu-Jamal Will Begin Treatment For Hepatitis C In Prison
Portugal reports hepatitis A outbreak, most cases in Lisbon
Hepatitis C Transmission From Inappropriate Reuse of Saline Flush Syringes for Multiple Patients in an Acute Care General Hospital
WEST NILE
Woman's battle with West Nile a prevention reminder
Prior exposure to dengue or West Nile could make Zika worse: report
West Nile Virus: County funds Chollas Creek renovation project
West Nile Watchout
Public Health: No active West Nile cases in Southwest Georgia
West Nile Virus
Man who died with West Nile in his system identified
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.
ZIKA VIRUS
New testing planned to protect against Zika virus
Gallup Poll Finds Few Americans Worried About Zika Virus
Scientists Begin Phase 2 Trial of a Zika Vaccine
St. Louis and St. Clair Noted as Potential Zika Hot Spots
Zika vaccine test moves to next stage with more than 2,000 volunteers in U.S., abroad
Pandemic Risk: Zika Mosquitos in 129 California Cities
Scientists are getting closer to developing an effective Zika vaccine
US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine
IN THE NEWS
OSHA? OH %&*#! OSHA HEALTH SAFETY COMPLIANCE IN HOSPITALS
Hospital administrators rarely say nice things when faced with an OSHA health safety inspection. OSHA’s (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA.gov) mission is to protect workers from occupational hazards. Hospitals can be dangerous places to work with many potential sources of injury. OSHA’s mission does not extend to patients or visitors, although these groups may benefit from protective measures put in place for healthcare workers.
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MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES COMPARISON WITH STERICYCLE
UMI is a Florida company offering medical waste management services much like Stericycle, but with a few key differences. Here's how w
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INAPPROPRIATE SYRINGE REUSE LED TO HEP C TRANSMISSION IN TEXAS HOSPITAL, CDC SAYS
A nurse in a Texas hospital mistakenly believed saline flush prefilled syringes could be reused in separate patients' intravenous lines, which led to a hepatitis C transmission in 2015, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.
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CLINIC KEPT USED SYRINGES, NEEDLES IN DRAWER, BISCUIT TIN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd, charged with causing the death of the deputy prime minister's son-in-law while he underwent treatment there, had kept used syringes and injection needles in a cabinet drawer and biscuit tin.
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DENTAL CENTRE CHARGED WITH DPM'S SON-IN-LAW'S DEATH "KEPT USED SYRINGES IN BISCUIT TIN"
KUALA LUMPUR: The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd, charged with causing the death of the Deputy Prime Minister's son-in-law while he underwent treatment there, had kept used syringes and injection needles in a cabinet drawer and a biscuit tin.
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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.

HUNDREDS OF SYRINGES FOUND FLOATING DOWN MASS. RIVER
Trinity EMS will respond to reports of syringes found in parks or other areas that are called in to police
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PREVENTING AN OPIOID CRISIS
“The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has gone with a nasal spray and that's to decrease the risk of a needle stick injury,” says Burke.
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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. 
 
 
RIVER OF NEEDLES: GROUP SEEKS SUPPORT AS NUMBER OF SYRINGES IN MERRIMACK SOARS
HAVERHILL — Just a few years ago the junk that Clean River Project volunteers pulled out of the Merrimack River between Lowell and Haverhill consisted mostly of tires, shopping carts,
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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. 
 
THE CHANGING IMPACT OF LOW PPE AND SAFETY DEVICE USE AND COMPLIANCE IN THE OR
The quality and vitality of the operating room is often a balance between managing patients known or suspected with infectious disease and managing potential staff occupational exposure risks associated with treating patients.  With exposure risks to emerging and re-emerging microorganisms at an unparalleled high, measuring, analyzing, and preventing exposures among surgical staff is more important now than ever.  Given the rise in hepatitis C infection in the Baby Boomer population, unprecedented hepatitis B prevalence among non-Americans accessing U.S. healthcare, and less than 20 percent of people knowing their HIV status, preventing occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens may be more important now than when the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard was promulgated in the early 1990s. 
 
Occupational blood and body fluid exposures (BBFEs) (splash and splatter) incident data tells us that overall, compliance with or use of PPE during employee reported exposures is low.  One might say, of course if an employee reports a BBF exposure incident that they are by nature not wearing PPE.  However when other types of blood exposures (e.g., percutaneous needlesticks) are reported not only is PPE use in comparison to the use of other controls (e.g. safety engineered disposable syringes) low, but it is nearly three times lower when there is a BBFE.4 This is true in all departments of a hospital.  It is even true in the OR where one would expect all PPE use to be higher than on general medicine floors or in patient rooms.
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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.
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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