Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 7, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Shocking Rise to 14 Worker Fatalities in the UK’s Waste & Recycling Industry in 2016
Crusader for safety
DEVELOP3D - Health check
An integrated approach to medical device manufacturing, which includes simulation, analysis and testing, is vital according to...
13 syringes found at Stapleton train station
The Staten Island Guardian Angels has posted a video showing 13 syringes that the group found discarded Wednesday night.
Ouch! Needlestick Injuries on the Rise
Implementing and following safety procedures can help to reduce the number of needlestick injuries in the workplace. Read our latest blog to learn more.
Personal Protective Equipment Strikethrough: Risk or Rhetoric?
The CBS investigative news program “60 Minutes” aired a segment called “Strikethrough: A Matter of Life, Death, and Litigation” on Sunday May 1, 2016. Anderson Cooper reported that a major medical device and personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer may have hidden the truth about the ability of its  products, specifically its Level 4 surgical...
Futuristic Safe Injection System-2020
A cheapest, green, sustainable, ergonomic disruptive technology to completely eliminate syringe, which ensures ‘single dose-single needle’; prevents NSI
Hospital Hazards: Top 3 Health Risks for Staff Nurses
Nurses face countless hospital hazards every day. Learn 3 of the top health risks for staff nurses and how to prevent them.
HIV
Pubs should hand out free condoms, one of longest surviving HIV patients says
HIV/AIDS: Nigeria risks one million deaths in five years, NACA warns
New York Synagogue Launches World’s First HIV Prevention Program Aimed at Jewish Clergy
Cure for AIDS? Bee Venom Destroys HIV Cells, Finds Washington University Study
CRISPR Eats HIV Like Pac-Man
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!
14 Students Tested For HIV and Hepatitis After Classmate Stuck Them With Needle
More than a dozen elementary school students in Fremont had to be tested for HIV and hepatitis after being poked with a needle that a fellow student brought onto campus. "I thought I was going to get very sick and die slowly," said eight-year-old Bryan Bullock. 
Students Tested for Hepatitis, HIV After Needlestick Scare
An elementary school student reportedly stabbed classmates during school with a diabetic lancet.
HEPATITIS
Macomb, St. Clair county residents urged to get hepatitis A vaccine amid outbreak
ALL newborns will be given a hepatitis B jab
Hepatitis A outbreak continues to spread in Southeast Michigan
Inmate Lawsuit Claims His Hepatitis Wasn't Properly Treated
Hepatitis A outbreak blamed for 10 deaths in metro Detroit in a year
Hepatitis A outbreak in SE Michigan claims 10 lives since August 2016
Hepatitis C can be cured: Should you get tested?
Throwback Thursday: Hepatitis outbreak brings plastic glove order
WEST NILE
First human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Hilton Head
West Nile confirmed in Beaufort County. What are the risks? How can you stay safe?
West Nile virus prevention tips
First West Nile virus case confirmed in SC
Early Case of West Nile Found in Fargo
DHEC identifies state’s first West Nile Virus case of the 2017 season
West Nile virus back in Champaign County
West Nile virus found in Laguna Beach woman, county’s first human case in 2017
ZIKA VIRUS
Updated Zika Safety Guidelines For The Summer, So Your Family Can Be Worry-Free
Despite a drop in cases, the Zika virus remains a threat
City hosts collection event as part of Zika control efforts
County to receive funds for Zika detection equipment
Severe dengue and zika outbreak in flood-stricken Peru
Pregnancy Outcomes After Maternal Zika Virus Infection
Health Tip: Do I Need a Zika Test?
Zika virus: The threat continues
The Case for Testing Zika Vaccines on Pregnant Women
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.
IN THE NEWS
THIS MAP SHOWS THE AREA OF THE US THAT'S HOME TO THE MOST PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
AIDSVu, a project run by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with biotech company Gilead Sciences, has been mapping HIV by county since 2010. By mapping HIV rates on a local level, public health officials can get insight into which groups might need more attention (based on geography or demographics). Signature items from 17 fast food chains, ranked by caloriesA company used a sample of my DNA to tell me how I should eat and work out — here's the verdictThe 12 healthiest lettuces and leafy greens for you, rankedSEE ALSO:  The Trump administration is gearing up to take an official stance on prescription drug prices — here’s what to expect
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WHY REUSE OF SYRINGES IS A THREAT TO PATIENT SAFETY?
Injections are common drug delivery systems used in clinical practice & the needles and syringes are essential components of the modern healthcare services.
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A 10-POINT OSHA CHECKLIST FOR A MEDICAL OFFICE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Safety is taken seriously, even in small doctor's offices. Use this OSHA checklist for a medical office to make sure your employees know the regulations.
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A SHARP CERAMIC SCALPEL CUTTING GLASS SLIDE
Bringing innovation into one of the most ancient medical devices, Betor™ MRI Safe Ceramic Scalpel's blades are made out of Yttria-stabilized Zirconia (YSZ)
 
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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.

NEEDLESMART HELPING TO PREVENT NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Did you know that 1,833 incident claims for needlestick injuries were received by NHS Resolution between 2012-2017? (fiscal years) and they are just the ones what were reported! Of the numbers of above there were 1,213 successful claims and the cost to the NHS £4,077,441 The harms and costs are largely avoidable and most sharps …
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KEEPING SAFE FROM NEEDLE STICKS
With the dramatic increase of heroin on the streets, cops are at risk of needle sticks from addicts. Learn to keep safe. 
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WEBINAR Q&A: OSHA- BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN AND HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING | FIRST HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE
We address some commonly asked questions regarding compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and Hazard Communication Standards.
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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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OCCUPATIONAL RISK ON THE RISE: TURNING A BLIND EYE
Medical professionals are regularly exposed to hazards that may result in them acquiring an infectious disease. We need to track these events so that we can prevent them using proper training. Each year the International Safety Center collects aggregate safety and health incident data from its Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®) network of U.S. hospitals. This data is specific to occupational exposures to blood and body fluids including needlesticks, contaminated sharps injuries, and mucocutaneous incidents (splashes and splatters).  Given the global focus on infectious disease in healthcare facilities, we performed a year-to-year comparison to identify if healthcare workers, specifically nurses, were well equipped to protect themselves from potentially infectious hazards.
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SAFETY BLOOD COLLECTION SETS AND BLOOD CULTURE HOLDER DRAW BLOOD VACUETTE | GREINER BIO-ONE
Worldwide over one million needlestick injuries are reported officially every year. Together with the unofficial incidents that go unreported, the actual total is probably far higher. With the prevalence of fatal infections (the human immonodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C (HCV)), it is of utmost importance, that healthcare workers are offered the best possible protection against needlesticks and sharps injuries. By using VACUETTE® Safety Products, the risk can be reduced to an absolute minimum.
VACUETTE Safety Blood Collection Sets are available in a variety of versions: with/without Luer Adapter/Tube Holder/Blood Culture Bottle Tube Holder, as well as with a range of tube lengths. All sets are single-packed and equipped with a safety mechanism which securely encloses the needle after blood collection.
VACUETTE QUICKSHIELD safety tube holders stand out largely due to their simple handling. Directly after blood collection, the needle is enclosed safely within the protective sleeve. Just one hand is necessary. An audible click indicates to the user that the safety mechanism has been correctly activated. Contact us at Greiner Bio-One to learn more
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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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