Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 19, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Initial specimen diversion device cuts culture contamination
Kalter: Nurse turned advocate after HIV jab
Parents: Needles in river pose danger to students
HAVERHILL — While the city mulls over a request by the Methuen-based Clean River Project to fund expanded river cleanups, several parents of Haverhill High School students who participate in...
'Bananas Injected With HIV' Hoax Warning - Hoax-Slayer
Circulating warning messages claim that people are injecting HIV-infected blood into bananas so you should not eat bananas that contain a red colour inside.
Needlestick Damage Control 101: Tips for Transitioning to Safety Scalpels -
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was established in 2000 to address the exposure to bloodborne pathogens resulting from accidental sharps injuries in healthcare and other occupational settings. This act introduced an expansion of OSHA’s requirements for employers to establish programs to identify, evaluate, and implement safer devices and practices. The CDC estimates that approximately 62%-88% of these
Protekta Single Use Safety Cartridge Syringe
Protekta Single Use Safety Cartridge Syringe Instructional Video
CDC - Bloodborne Infectious Diseases - HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
Exposures to blood and other body fluids occur across a wide variety of occupations. Health care workers, emergency response and public safety personnel, and other workers can be exposed to blood through needlestick and other sharps injuries, mucous membrane, and skin exposures. The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Workers and employers are urged to take advantage of available engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids.
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!
Elizabeth Lynne on prevention from sharp injuries
Speech by Elizabeth Lynne MEP (ALDE-ADLE) on : Proposal for a Council directive implementing the Framework Agrement on prevention from sharp injuries in ...
Chance of patients contracting HIV from surgeon is 'extremely low'
Health bosses have said the risk of patients contracting HIV from an infected surgeon are 'extremely low'. The reassurance comes after it was confirmed that a surgeon diagnosed with...
Source of used syringes baffling
The large number of used syringes found in Mohawk Park in recent weeks has caught everyone off guard, says Ward 5 Coun. Brian Van Tilborg.
 
"I've lived in the area all my life, went to Pauline Johnson Collegiate and participated in cleanups down there," Van Tilborg said. "We've found used needles down there before but never this many over so many weeks.
 
"Usually, it's a one-off -- you do a cleanup, collect some needles and move on but that's not been the case in recent weeks."
 
Several cleanup efforts have taken place since mid-April and each time a large quantity of used syringes has been collected from the Mohawk Lake shoreline. In that time more than 100 used syringes have been plucked from the shoreline, including 50 that were found by the Grand River Environmental Group during a 90-minute cleanup on the weekend.
Dermapen Microneedling Pen Designed For Patient Safety
The Dermapen microneedling pen uses sterile, sealed individual and disposable patented needle tips for optimal patient safety, comfort and results.
31% of Waste Workers Exposed to Infectious Materials
Over 31% of workers in the Waste and Recycling sector are exposed to Infectious Materials for at least 25% of the time.  This compares with just under 10% for industry in general.  With such a high risk factor, the correct selection of Personal Protective Equipment is paramount. It is widely reported that the risk to … Continue reading 31% of Waste Workers Exposed to Infectious Materials...
HIV
29,444 people living with HIV: K K Shylaja
Surge In Home Testing Sales Followed Charlie Sheen's HIV Disclosure
The Cure For HIV Has Been Found? French Scientists On The Trail Of a Great Discovery!
Fracture Risk Doubled in 50- to 59-Year-Old Men With HIV
How actor Charlie Sheen is affecting HIV awareness
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis week begins
Young asks AG to look into hepatitis A cases in Detroit
THRIVE: Hepatitis C Treatment
May 2017 - Recruiting and upcoming hepatitis C clinical trials
‘We have an epidemic.’ Kentucky now leads the nation in Hepatitis C infection
New graphene sensor to improve hepatitis diagnosis
Boomers should get hepatitis test to protect liver
Surgeons plan to use hepatitis-infected hearts to slash wait for a transplant
Indiana one of 7 states with higher than average Hepatitis C rates
A new report released from the CDC highlights dramatic increases in cases of Hepatitis C nationwide and Indiana is one of 7 states with higher than average numbers. The report shows numbers of patients infected tripled from 2010 to 2015.
WEST NILE
Biochemical trigger identified as guard for brain cells against West Nile virus
West Nile Found In Michigan: Learn To Prevent Against The Virus
Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way
‘Smart’ Mosquito Trap Used To Prevent Spread Of Zika And West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus strikes Tulare County
Had West Nile Virus? Zika Can Be Extra Dangerous
First West Nile virus activity of 2017 detected in Michigan
1st Rabies, West Nile Virus Cases Reported In Michigan
Earliest appearance of West Nile in 10 years could mean more human cases
ZIKA VIRUS
York City to host free Zika education event Wednesday
Hill County mosquitos could transmit Zika
Researchers to test Zika virus as brain cancer treatment
South Florida Officials Prepare For Potential Return Of Zika
Scientists to Test Zika Virus on Brain Tumors
Zika Virus May Trigger Epilepsy in Infants
Take these precautions as Zika season warms up again
Sanofi rejects U.S. Army request for ‘fair’ pricing for a Zika vaccine
We Know Zika Is A Big Problem In Puerto Rico. We Just Don't Know How Big.
Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus could simultaneously transmit other viruses
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.
Undetected Ebola infection in international healthcare workers very unlikely
Undiagnosed Ebola virus infection was probably very rare in international workers who were deployed during the 2013-2015 outbreak of the virus in West Africa, despite mild and asymptomatic cases of Ebola being known to occur, according to new research published in the journal PLOS Medicine
Reality check: Is it safe to use an expired EpiPen in the event of anaphylaxis?
Every year thousands of Canadians who suffer from anaphylaxis rely on epinephrine injections in the event...
IN THE NEWS
HAND-OFF SUCCESS: 5 STRATEGIES FOR A SINGLE HAND-OFF TOOL
Redundant information gathering, home-grown documentation tools in each phase of perioperative care, and siloed patient information was limiting successful perioperative patient hand-offs at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming, Ga.
 
“Our number one complaint among staff nurses was the inconsistent quality of the patient report between phases of care,” explains Rebecca Roe, BSN, CNOR, clinical development specialist for surgical services at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
 
Previous attempts to address hand-off inefficiencies led to individual nurses from different phases of perioperative care developing their own tools for patient information gathering; however, this only increased the height of silos between periop care areas, which had reached sky-scraper status, adds Chad Herndon, RN, CNOR, perioperative clinician.
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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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31% OF WASTE WORKERS EXPOSED TO INFECTIOUS MATERIALS - PK SAFETY
Over 31% of workers in the Waste and Recycling sector are exposed to Infectious Materials for at least 25% of the time.  This compares with just under 10% for industry in general.  With such a high risk factor, the correct selection of Personal Protective Equipment is paramount. It is widely reported that the risk to … 
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BD TO ACQUIRE BARD FOR 24 BILLION
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology comp
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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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OCCUPATIONAL NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES
The real or potential harm resulting from an unintended prick or cut with a needle or sharp previously used to take blood or give an injection. This percutaneous injury may transmit over 2...
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RUSSIA DITCHES PLAN TO INCREASE SPENDING ON HIV/AIDS
Budget woes blamed
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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. 
 
 
SANDEL ENGINEERED SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION (ESIP) PRODUCTS
Sandel Medical Engineered Sharps Injury Prevention (ESIP) Products Demonstration DVD
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NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION TRAINING VIDEO
Highlighting the five most frequent needlestick scenarios, this training video instructs frontline healthcare staff on on how to avoid needlesticks-and wha
PREVENTING NEEDLESTICKS: ACTIVATE AND DISPOSE
Needlestick injuries are the number one cause of exposure to HIV and Hepatitis C among health care workers. This video depicts the emotional impact o
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TWO SAINTS - AVOIDING A NEEDLESTICK INJURY
How to prevent needlestick injuries at work
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HOW TO DEAL WITH A NEEDLE STICK INJURY AT WORK
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THE STATE OF HAND HYGIENE 2017: DO WE NEED A BUNDLE?
Hand hygiene has been recognized for more than 150 years as the single most effective method of preventing healthcare associated infections (HAI). And yet, for the past several decades, compliance has been reported by published accounts to have remained on average, less than 50 percent. There has been success in reducing HAI of multiple types according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HAI Progress report, though zero infections in any category is still an aspirational goal. And there have been published accounts of localized projects employing a variety of approaches resulting in improved hand hygiene. Yet sustained nationwide improvement in hand hygiene compliance has remained elusive, even after multiple national guidelines, numerous performance improvement initiatives, and educational program
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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 BRIT HOSPITAL PATIENTS AT RISK AFTER SURGEON DIAGNOSED WITH HIV
TWO hospitals have recalled 223 patients for blood tests after a surgeon was diagnosed with HIV.
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OCCUPATIONAL RISK ON THE RISE: TURNING A BLIND EYE
Used syringes found during spring cleanup a sign of increased drug abuse in Medicine Hat
Although there are measures in place (PPE) to protect employees against infections, there is no universal consensus on how to protect everyone.
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USED SYRINGES FOUND DURING SPRING CLEANUP A SIGN OF INCREASED DRUG ABUSE IN MEDICINE HA
The recent spring cleanup by volunteers along the highway revealed several used syringes near the Kin Coulee dip. It was the first time crews have had to deal with this type of situation, said Uwe Krickhahn, president of the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat. The increased use of drugs in the community is of paramount concern to, says Insp. Joe West of the Medicine Hat Police Service.  “Drug consumption is always a concern and we work very hard to mitigate that. I think it is something difficult to eliminate,” he said. “As long as there are people consuming those drugs we will find them in the community.”
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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. 
 
MINIMISING THE RISK OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN VACCINATION - ECG TRAINING
A few tips to help minimise the risk of needlestick injuries, we have written these for Pharmacists who do not vaccinate regularly or who maybe have become....
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FORTY-TWO PEOPLE TREATED FOR HEPATITIS A LINKED TO SCOTTISH BAKERY
JB Christie bakery in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, was briefly shut down after several people who had bought its products fell ill
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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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PORT HUENEME TODDLER IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AFTER FOUND CRAWLING IN SYRINGES
A little boy is in protective custody after police said he was found crawling near a glass meth pipe and used syringes in his parent's bedroom as they slept.
 
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BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities provides the latest medical language and needlestick guidelines and is focused for healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities. This comprehensive healthcare compliance program helps organizations comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard's (29 CFR Part 1910.1030) training requirements.
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REDLANDS FIREFIGHTING EFFORT HAMPERED BY ILLEGAL DUMP CONTAINING USED SYRINGES
While battling a brush fire that erupted Sunday in the Santa Ana River bottom, firefighters found
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STUDY SHOWS NOVEL DEVICE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES BLOOD DRAW CONTAMINATION
A study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) found that a novel device can significantly reduce contamination of blood cultures, potentially
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SCOTRAIL PASSENGER RAISES ALARM OVER ‘DANGEROUS’ SYRINGE FOUND ON TRAIN DURING RUSH HOUR
ScotRail has insisted the safety of its customers is “our first priority at all times” after a shocked passenger discovered a “dangerous”… 
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EBOLA: THREE PEOPLE KILLED IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AS NEW EPIDEMIC DECLARED BY WHO
A new Ebola epidemic has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the deaths of three people thought to be linked to the virus.
The country’s health ministry confirmed one person has tested positive for the virus.
The World Health Organisation confirmed that the DR Congo had informed them of a lab-confirmed case of the disease.
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DOCTOR DIDN’T WASH HANDS AT JERSEY SHORE CLINIC WITH 40 INFECTIONS
A scathing state report has found that a Jersey Shore medical clinic ignored standard hygiene practices, likely leading to 40 patients' developing septic arthritis of the knee after being treated there.  One physician at Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore, a clinic in Wall Township in Monmouth County, told Health Department investigators she did not wash her hands between treating patients. Nor was she in the habit of checking patients’ vital signs before injecting their knees with a product that was supposed to relieve knee pain, the report stated.
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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.

 
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