|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||June 16, 2017|
|Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.|
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|HIV, hepatitis test results await Fremont students poked with diabetic lancet by student|
NHS hospitals could potentially save £3.7m a year by adopting US nursing quality scheme
NHS trusts could save at least £3.74m a year if they introduced improvements in line with a US-founded scheme that recognises nursing excellence, new analysis has revealed.
Those behind the work said a “staggering amount of money” could be saved by UK hospitals through improvements to patient outcomes and workforce factors that the ...
This is what is being done to tackle drug paraphernalia and needles issue in Belfast
There has been increasing concern about sharps and drugs paraphernalia in the city
Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership has been leading on the partnership response aimed at dealing with the inappropriate disposal of needles and drug paraphernalia.
A Sharps Management Group, made up of experts who deliver drug support services in Belfast, was set up to reduce the public safety issue around discarded needles and drug paraphernalia.
Members have been working on actions to raise awareness around the issues.
Elementary school student sticks 14 kids with diabetic needle
FREMONT, Calif. — At least 14 elementary school students in California were tested for HIV and hepatitis after a fellow student brought a needle onto campus and poked them with it.
The unnamed student was able to stick the 14 children with the diabetic lancet before a school employee saw the item and took it away, KGO reports.
Bryan Bullock, 8, was walking on campus when he was stopped by a student and stuck.
“He said, ‘Do you like stamps,’and I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Stick out your arm and look away,’ and I did, and I felt something poke me.”
Terrified, Bullock said he thought he “was going to get very sick and die slowly.”
On May 26, the student told the school’s principal that he didn’t poke anyone with the needle. But just a week later, several children came forward and told their parents about the incident.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
· 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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