Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 28, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick Survey Injuries at Recycling Facilities to be Surveyed by SWANA & EREF
Pen Needles Market Is Anticipated To Grow Extensively Owing To Rising Incidence Of Needlestick Injuries Till 2025: Grand View Research, Inc.
Professional and in-depth study on Global Needlestick Safety Injection Devices Consumption Market
BD warns customers about injury reports from Eclipse needle
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!
Mum, son injured by needle at McDonald’s
A Hunter mum is investigating legal action against McDonald's, after she and her son received needle-stick injuries in a Newcastle restaurant.
Utah - Volunteer group cleaning up dangerous used syringes from streets and trails A small contingent of volunteers scoured a field off 600 West in Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon looking for used drug syringes.They found many -- at least one with a mi
Utah - Volunteer group cleaning up dangerous used syringes from streets and trails
A small contingent of volunteers scoured a field off 600 West in Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon looking for used drug syringes.They found many -- at least one with a mixture of blood and drugs still inside it.It was discarded a few dozen...
Gran’s horror at huge stash of used needles
A Wigan grandmother has collected dozens of dirty needles after discovering them on a family walk. 
Mother finds mission in son's needle stick
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.
Shocking images reveal lives of children who call a rubbish dump home
Their lives have been documented by 36-year-old photographer Alexandre Sattler from Colmar, France. He discovered that families forage in the grime for items they can re-sell.
Medical waste found in unlocked trailer concerns Macedonia police and health officials
Summit County Public Health officials and Macedonia police are raising concerns after boxes and boxes of medical waste was found inside an unlocked trailer at a truck leasing lot on S. Freeway Drive. 
HIV
HIV/AIDS: FACA distributes 7m condoms to FCT residents in 2016-official
Officials: State too slow in sharing HIV/AIDS info
HIV-AIDS Testing Market to Partake Significant Development by 2020
HealthLink Ukraine: USAID Funding for HIV Programs in Ukraine
Three Denton residents to cycle 500 miles this June for HIV/AIDS awareness
San Jose: ICE releases HIV-positive man seeking political asylum
HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role
'Game-changing' HIV drug to be trialled on Welsh NHS
WEST NILE
California reports 1st human West Nile virus case of the year in Kings County
'Mosquito New Year' Leads to Talk of West Nile Virus and Zika: Health Department
Kings County man first person this year with West Nile in California
Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Grand Prairie
Non-Profit Firm in St. Louis Launches Kit to Repel Infectious Zika and West Nile Mosquitos
West Nile preparations begin in The Colony
Mosquito’s: West Nile Virus and Zika
Mosquito monitoring for West Nile starts weeks early due to warm, wet weather
Why vector control crews are worried about a West Nile virus outbreak
West Nile arrives early in North Texas, but its bite remains unclear
HEPATITIS
Airdrie bakery closed as hepatitis A outbreak investigated
New Hepatitis C Treatment Found; Pronucleotide-Based Drugs Under Clinical Trial
Hepatitis C Can Be Hard To Find Without Symptoms
Spatial epidemiology used to identify 3 key hepatitis C hotspots in Massachusetts
Oregon No. 1 in hepatitis C deaths per capita
Kalter: Hepatitis C hitting cities across state
HIV and Hepatitis: Know Your Status and Learn About the FDA's Role
Spatial epidemiology used to identify three key hepatitis C hotspots in Massachusetts
This interactive map shows where people with hepatitis C live in the US — and it points to some distressing trends
Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million: WHO
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
Zika virus education and prevention
Florida Department of Agriculture says no Zika found in Florida mosquitoes so far
Alaskan gets infected with Zika virus in Central America
Drought could widen Zika outbreak this summer
'Mosquito New Year' Leads to Talk of West Nile Virus and Zika: Health Department
Zika Virus Confirmed in Alaskan Who Visited Central America
Zika virus persists in the central nervous system and lymph nodes of rhesus monkeys
No Zika detected in Florida mosquitoes so far this year, officials say
Governor Hogan Proclaims April 23-29 Zika Virus Awareness Week
Zika Virus Found To Stay In Lymph Nodes, Nervous System
Zika Virus
Of the 250 pregnant women who had confirmed Zika infection in 2016, 24 – or about 1 in 10 of them – had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects,
IN THE NEWS
AOHP PUBLISHES RESULTS OF SURVEY ON PREVENTING BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURES
The Journal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently published in its Winter 2017 edition the results of its member survey which ascertained the most effective strategies to reduce sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures (BE) among their hospital staff.
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AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) was established as a nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource and has completed its fifth consecutive annual survey. A 22-item electronic survey for 2015 calendar year data was developed and distributed to AOHP members nationally and 181 hospitals responded with data suitable for inclusion.
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ZIP® SURGICAL SKIN CLOSURE | ZIPLINE MEDICAL, INC
The Zip® is unique solution to the speed vs. cosmetic outcome tradeoff made by surgeons today with conventional staples and sutures.  The adjustable, reversible device makes skin closure a fast and easy process, and the flexible, extendible design flexes with patient movement for patient comfort while protecting the incision from extrinsic forces caused by patient movement.
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ER OR NOT: INFECTED EAR PIERCING
Your recent ear piercing is red and swollen and you suspect it might be infected, should you go to the emergency room? On this ER or Not, emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen discusses the potentially serious complications that can come from an infection of the ear, including hearing loss and hospitalization. Learn what you need to look for and when to seek immediate help.
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HEPATITIS C HITTING YOUNG ADULT NEW YORKERS AS WELL AS BABY BOOMERS
While her smooth skin and long, light-brown hair may not fit the image of a "typical" hepatitis C patient, it should. [...] while among baby boomers statewide hepatitis C rates are twice as high for men as for women, the gender gap is much narrower for adults in Kaysie's age group. If it sounds familiar, it's because hepatitis C rates are rising among the same groups that have seen spikes in drug overdoses during the last decade, amid an epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse. [...] the higher rates of illness among the younger group is creating a second wave of contagion three years after the state took aim at infection among baby boomers by requiring doctors to ask anyone born between 1945 and 1965 if they wanted a test to check for the virus.
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SUSPECT ACCUSED OF THREATENING HOME DEPOT WORKERS WITH SYRINGE ARRESTED
A Fayetteville man accused of threatening Home Depot employees with a syringe and a razor blade in February was taken into custody Tuesday, arrest warrants said.James Peter Allen, 36, of the 2600 block of Venice Court, has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possessing stolen property and conspiracy, warrants said.The charges were filed by Fayetteville police in an incident that happened about 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.Allen is accused of stealing two drills, police said.
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RUNNER BEAN NEEDLES SHOCK
MORRISONS is urgently recalling packets of runner beans after two people claimed to have found needles inside them.  Horrified mum-of-three Sarah Parry says she found a needle inside a runner bean while eating it after buying the vegetables at a store in Oldham. She says she wants to warn people after feeling a needle stick into her gum while tucking into the vegetable.
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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. 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS SHOCKED TO FIND DIRTY NEEDLE DURING CLEAN-UP
Helpers from as far away as China joined a team of locals for the Booterstown Spring Clean, filling 24 bags with discarded waste 
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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.

NEEDLESTICK SURVEY INJURIES AT RECYCLING FACILITIES TO BE SURVEYED BY SWANA & EREF
A joint research project to quantify and address the issue of needlestick injuries at MRFs in the US and Canada is being conducted by SWANA and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.
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"HEALTH CARE WORKER FOLLOW-UP COMPLIANCE AFTER OCCUPATIONAL BLOODBORNE"
A retrospective cohort study was conducted examining health care worker (HCW) compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations following occupational bloodborne pathogen (BBP) exposure. HCWs with a BBP exposure from a known HIV- or hepatitis C virus-seropositive individual were less likely to complete recommended follow-up compared with HCWs with seronegative source patient exposures (adjusted odds ratio, 0.02 and 0.09, respectively). Continued targeted education and extra vigilance in performing postexposure surveillance are warranted in this higher-risk population.
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HUMAN FACTOR'S ROLE IN THE FDA'S LATEST GUIDELINES ON COMBINATION PRODUCT DEVICE DEVELOPMENT
What are the implications of recent #FDA guidance on #CombinationProduct device strategy?
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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. 
 
BD TO ACQUIRE BARD FOR 24 BILLION
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology comp
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GREINER BIO-ONE PRODUCTS FOR SAFE AND ACCURATE BLOOD COLLECTION
  • Blood Collection Tubes – The innovative VACUETTE® blood collection tubes are made of virtually unbreakable PET plastic. They can meet the requirements of routine laboratories as well as specialized laboratories. These tubes promote sterile and safe blood collection. All tubes come with a safety cap. The caps of the tubes are colored in accordance with internationally recommended color codes. The tubes have the CE mark and most are FDA approved.
  • Blood Collection Needles – Exclusively for single-use, these needles are predominantly used in routine blood collection. An audible “click” indicates that the safety lock has been activated while the needle is still in the vein. The color of the needle protective cap simplifies visual recognition of the individual needle gauges. VISIO PLUS Needle with optical venipuncture control simplifies blood collection routine for phlebotomists.
  • Blood Collection Sets – Safety Blood Collection Sets are available in three versions – with Luer Adapter, without Luer Adapter and Holder and with Blood Culture Holder. The sets differ in terms of tubing lengths and needle gauges. Standard Tube Holder can be used with either VACUETTE® Multiple Use Drawing Needles or VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Needles, as these components are designed for optimal compatibility with one another.
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CONCERN OVER NEEDLE FIND AT COMMUNITY CENTRE
NEEDLES and syringes being left outside Hawkhill Community Centre “will not be tolerated”. 
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MOTHER IS HORRIFIED TO FIND A NEEDLE INSIDE GIANT KINDER EASTER EGG
A mother was left terrified when she discovered a needle nestled inside her daughter's Kinder Easter egg. Vikki Maguire-Grant from Sunderland said the incident left her sick to her stomach.
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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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