Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 9, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Market: Global Industry Outlook and Strategies to 2024
Latest Research Report On Smart Syringes Market Predicts Favorable Growth And Forecast (2016 – 2024)
HIV, hepatitis test results await Fremont students poked with diabetic lancet by student
Court reduces Plaintiff's damages by 50% for non-work related condition
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!
The slow killer: living with HIV on campus
HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Market - Future Growth, Opportunities and Forecast to 2025
Elementary School Students Tested For HIV, Hepatitis After Classmate Sticks Them With Needle
Man Denied Entry to Popular Gay Club in London For Having HIV Meds
Julianne Moore, Zoe Saldana and Sia Team up to Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS
Emotional Sia music video spotlights HIV awareness
Sia is back with a heart-wrenching video for HIV awareness
Investigational vaccine protected monkeys from HIV-like virus
Ohio man with HIV charged with murder in infected partner's death
‘Essential’ HIV treatment not routinely available on the NHS in England
Military veterans should take advantage of free Hepatitis C testing
How class of drugs blocks Hepatitis C virus replication
Elementary School Students Tested For HIV, Hepatitis After Classmate Sticks Them With Needle
14 Kids Tested for HIV and Hepatitis After Student Poked Them with Needle (WATCH)
Researchers identify how class of drugs blocks Hepatitis C virus replication
A Hepatitis C Treatment Program Based in a Safety-Net Hospital Patient-Centered Medical Home
Hepatitis C Patients See A Local Victory In Pennsylvania And A National Nightmare
Frozen tuna recalled after testing showed hepatitis A virus
Tuna steaks recalled after testing positive for Hepatitis A
Updated Info About Hepatitis A in Hilo Fish Company Frozen Tuna
West Nile Virus Found In Tulsa County Mosquitoes
Positive samples of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes are found
West Nile Remains a Threat in Wyoming
West Nile reported in Macon County
Tests show West Nile virus active in some parts of Oklahoma
Sneedville family learns toddler has West Nile after being ill with other viruses
What you should know about West Nile Virus
Wyoming Health Officials Issue West Nile Virus Warning
Skokie mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus
West Nile mosquitoes detected in 3 Vegas Valley zip codes
New CDC study shows just how serious a threat Zika is to pregnant women
5% of Zika Pregnancies Results in Birth Defects
Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants
This Pharma Company Won't Commit To Fairly Pricing A Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For
Zika birth defects in 5 percent of infected women in US islands
5% of U.S. Pregnant Women With Zika Had Baby With a Birth Defect
CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories
CDC: Birth Defects in 5% of Zika Pregnancies in US Territories
Zika attacks throughout pregnancy, CDC report finds
Public health officials fear Trump budget cuts in fight against Zika virus
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.
Findings from a web-based survey conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) showed that over a quarter of private dental practices who participated in the survey did not have a written site-specific bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan (ECP). This study is published in the June issue of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry and is available online.
The paper presents information on whether private dental practices were aware of OSHA’s requirement for an ECP, had a written ECP addressing all requisite elements, and could identify barriers to implementation of an ECP. The OSHA bloodborne pathogen (BBP) standard covers all dental healthcare settings where dental healthcare personnel could be exposed to blood or certain body fluids during the performance of their job, and describes precautionary practices to protect healthcare workers from pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These pathogens can be transmitted from patient to dental healthcare provider or patient to patient via contact with blood or certain body fluids.
Overall, 1,059 respondents representing private, non-franchised dental practices across the U.S. completed the online survey. They primarily included dentists who owned the practice (63%) and others in the practice including non-owner dentists, dental hygienists, and other staff.
“Having an effective exposure control plan that everyone in the dental office is aware of will better protect dental healthcare personnel and their patients from exposure to bloodborne pathogens” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Identifying any barriers to the implementation of an exposure control plan is a critically important step to making the exposure control plan as effective as it can be.”
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 A botched measles vaccination campaign has left 15 young children dead and dozens more sickened in the rural town of Kapoeta in South Sudan early last month. Government inquiry found that unsanitary and unsafe vaccination practice, which saw children as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, caused the deaths of children under the age of five.
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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. 

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. 
  • 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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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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