Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 30, 2012
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Improper disposal of hospital waste poses health hazard - Pakistan Daily Times
Excela worker safety efforts paying off but unfinished - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Endeavour Capital buys San Diego medical device company Access Scientific - Bizjournals.com
Nov. 6 Is National Needlestick Safety Day - ADVANCE for LPNs (blog)
Newton medical provider cited by OSHA after workers exposed to biohazards - Boston.com
K-Shield™ Port Access Infusion Needle
Kawasumi brings you K-Shield, a totally integrated device for optimal non-coring Huber needle stick protection. K-Shield complies with all OSHA standards and has unmatched advantages.
It’s been carefully designed with user needs in mind. For example, it’s clinician friendly and easy to use, especially when activating the safety mechanism.
HIV
Raising HIV awareness through fashion - 9NEWS.com
HIV advocates eying sequestration cuts - Windy City Times
Kinawataka Women Won't Let HIV Put Them Down - AllAfrica.com
Uganda: With 15 HIV Orphans to Feed, Her Only Source of Income is at Stake - AllAfrica.com
Blind HIV-Positive Nyakato Will Have a House for Christmas - AllAfrica.com
Why CEOs Oppose HIV Travel Bans: They're Bad for Business - Huffington Post
China says HIV/AIDS cases up, premier-in-waiting promises help - Reuters
Young not getting message on HIV, CDC reports - Politico
HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men - NPR (blog)
Magnetic Retriever
The reusable Magnetic Retriever is used for the safe retrieval of dropped needles, blades, instruments and other sharps or metallic objects during and after surgery.
This product has been specifically designed to retrieve dropped needles, blades and instruments that are frequently too difficult to find and hard to pick up from the operating room floor.
HEPATITIS
Does This Drug Maker For Hepatitis C Have More Upside? - TheStreet.com
USPSTF: Consider Screening Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C Infection - Monthly Prescribing Reference
'Survival gene' may be key to controlling HIV and hepatitis - Financial Express
12 On Your Side: Vet with Hepatitis C wins lawsuit - WRDW-TV
Doctors should consider hepatitis C testing: panel - Chicago Tribune
Hepatitis C Reaching Crisis Levels; Requires Coverage for Routine Screenings - Sacramento Bee
foodconsumer.org - Zinc supplement helps hepatitis C - Food Consumer
Qlicksmart CASSETTE 3in1 - Features & Benefits
  • Small and compact - saves space!
  • The CASSETTE is sterilised and ready for use
  • Contains 3 units of Qlicksmart single blade remover cartridge per set
  • Single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harms way
  • Blade contained upon removal to enable safe disposal in an approved sharps container, eliminating injuries to downstream staff
  • Puncture resistant cartridge so you know you're safe
 
WEST NILE
Birds in Fountain Valley Test Positive for West Nile Virus - Patch.com
Dallas County beekeepers question aerial spraying for West Nile - Dallas Morning News
4th Human Case of West Nile Reported in Walton County - WTVY, Dothan
Miss. West Nile cases up to 244 for year - WJTV
House call with Dr. Andy: Tips on surviving West Nile virus - The News-Press
West Nile victim from Mamaroneck talks about long recovery - The Journal News | LoHud.com
West Nile cases continue to increase - Daily Comet
Worst-Ever West Nile Epidemic: What Happened? - WebMD
Hints of a more virulent, mutating West Nile virus emerge - Washington Post
Ansell Safety Scalpel with Protective Safety Shield

Between 600,000 and 800,000 sharps injuries are incurred by healthcare workers annually. 46% of sharps injuries happen to nurses.

  • Disposable Safety scalpels weighted to the feel of a reusable.

  • Protective Safety Shield OSHA requires it. 

  • Colored-coded to ensure proper blade selection.

 

IN THE NEWS
11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
It occurs in just a fraction of a second -- first, you are taking a routine blood sample and then the patient moves and the needle slips, sticking the potentially infected needle deep into the base of your thumb. As a result, you could contract HIV and die! This scene or similar scenes occur to an estimated 2,000,000 healthcare workers worldwide every year! These injuries could be prevented if workers were aware and had access to safer needle and other safety devices. That is one reason that ISIPS, the International Sharps Injury Prevention Societyis promoting the 11th Annual International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month in December 2012
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IN FAVOUR OF NEEDLE-FREE INJECTABLES
No one likes needles, so imagine the benefits of needle-free delivery systems, especially for chronic conditions where lifetime therapy is required, for example rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients already have enough stress to deal with and can definitely do without the added fear and anxiety associated with needles. Other advantages of course include the lack of contamination risks and needle stick injuries, plus disposals are easier when you don’t need a bin for sharps.
 
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JOEY MEDICAL CLAMP UMBILLICAL CORD CUTTER

Cuts and Clamps the Umbilical Cord 


With an emphasis on safety and ease of use, the Joey Spray Guard is a delivery system that cuts and clamps both the maternal and infant sides of the umbilical cord and leaves the cute Joey Clamp on the infant.

Reduces the Spray 
The Joey Spray Guard provides a concurrent clamping and cutting action that shields the caregiver from blood spray.  This advanced, ergonomically designed product will change the face of delivery.

HOUSTON HEALTHCARE NOTIFIES ADDITIONAL 400 PATIENTS OF HEPATITIS C INVESTIGATION
About four months after a former Houston Healthcare contract employee was accused of spreading hepatitis C to patients in a New Hampshire hospital, local officials have alerted hundreds of additional Houston Medical Center patients who were treated while he worked there.
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VANISHPOINT® SYRINGE

  • Built-in safety mechanism is activated by fully depressing plunger while needle is still in patient 

  • Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure

  • One-handed activation 

  • Color coded for gauge size

NEWTON MEDICAL PROVIDER CITED BY OSHA AFTER WORKERS EXPOSED TO BIOHAZARDS
New England Hematology/Oncology Associates PC, a medical service provider in Newton, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for "an alleged willful and an alleged serious violation of workplace safety standards," the agency announced. It came after an OSHA inspection revealed that workers were being exposed to biohazards, according to a press release from the Department of Labor's Office of Public Affairs in Boston. Proposed penalties total $46,900.
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THE MIX2VIAL™ NEEDLELESS SYSTEM

Mix2Vial™ needleless system enables simple, fast, vial-to-vial transfer and mixing between two vials for the reconstitution of lyophilized drug products.

 
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NEW DELHI: BIOENGINEER MARK KENDALL DREAMS OF A WORLD WITHOUT NEEDLES AND SYRINGES.
Working at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Queensland, his mind mostly dwells on a project in Papua New Guinea that will inoculate women against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, which kills 3,500 people every year across the world. Crucially, the women will not be jabbed with a syringe. Instead, they will be given a skin patch that looks a lot like an adhesive bandage—only much smaller and so tiny that a score of them can stick on a thumb—which substitutes the syringe.
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MAN CONVICTED OF NEEDLE-STICK INCIDENT INVOLVING MIDSTATE POLICE OFFICER ASKS FOR A LIGHTER SENTENCE
The man convicted of reckless endangerment after a needle he used for injecting drugs pricked a Lower Allen Township police officer’s finger wants a lighter sentence. bToday a lawyer for Michael Merza asked Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido to reconsider the 9 to 23-month sentence Merza got in the county prison after a jury found him guilty in June. The jury acquitted Merza of aggravated assault.
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BLOOD COLLECTION NEEDLE IN EUROPE.
The safety-engineered design with single-handed activation, integrated holder and a new flashback chamber is said to offer health-care workers immediate confirmation of venous access, while also reducing the potential for sharps injuries.  Blood collection is one of the most hazardous tasks performed by health-care workers, says BD, which highlights that it is also the clinical procedure with the highest risk of needlestick injury. 
 
To find out more about the new blood-collection system, click here >
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B.SAFE NEEDLE SAFETY SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

 

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 B.safe syringe system, when properly activated, will 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

 
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