Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 16, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Austerity in essential public services is deadly. Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it.
SWANA announces 'MentorMatch' program for young professionals
EuPC Survey On the Use of Recycled Plastic Content in Europe
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!
Six People Have Resigned From Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Because He "Doesn't Care"
New HIV Infections Climb Among Young Women in South Africa
Former WH Staffers Say Trump Doesn't Care About HIV/AIDS Council
High HCV cure rates in HIV coinfection cases at urban clinic
Hepatitis C rates increasing nationwide, not in Lubbock
6-year-old boy pricked by needle at park, at risk for HIV & Hepatitis
Hepatitis surge
Hepatitis A link at Monteverde at Oldstone
First mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus reported this year in Illinois
West Nile virus found in Delafield
West Nile virus arrives weeks ahead of schedule
West Nile virus: LA county reports 1st human case in San Gabriel Valley region resident
West Nile Virus cases expected to increase through the summer
West Nile Virus Sickens Man In LA's First Case of 2017
Scientists claim native Australian plants may offer a potential cure for Zika virus
Zika, H1N1 viruses placed strain on blood collection
Six pregnant women tested positive for Zika in Texas
County takes precautions against the Zika virus
In Lacey, a Washington mom grapples with baby’s Zika-caused birth defects
Not so fast on those Harris County Zika cases
Zika in America: One Mother's Saga
Houston's Number of Confirmed Zika Cases Doubled This Week
Six Pregnant Texas Women Test Positive for Zika
Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine
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.
A former resident of the Salvation Army's Granby Lifehouse for homeless people has been awarded damages, arising from a needlestick injury, ...
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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. 
Problems associated with the use of U-500 insulin syringes. We received two reports of accidental prescribing of the new BD U-500 insulin syringes for outpatients who were using a U-100 insulin product. In one case, an endocrinology clinic called the hospital pharmacy to ask how to order U-500 syringes. During the conversation, it became apparent that there was some confusion about the use of these syringes. The pharmacist stressed that the patient should not use a U-500 syringe to measure any insulin concentration other than U-500, or the measurement would be incorrect, leading to a 5-fold underdose
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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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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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