Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 28, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Grillo: Blood test for hepatitis C recommended for baby boomers
Gerresheimer & West to launch syringe safety solution
West Pharmaceutical Services touts needle shield
West Pharmaceutical Services has expanded its product offerings to include the Rigid Needle Shield (RNS). The RNS helps add safety to profiled syringes with a staked needle. It also helps ensure the integrity of injectable drug products. “Pharmaceutical companies continue to look for drug packaging and delivery solutions that offer safety, efficiency and an improved experience for patients and care providers alike,” said Mike Schaefers, VP of global product management and marketing operations at West. “As a trusted partner to the world’s top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, West understands the important role that component and delivery system technologies play in helping to improve patient outcomes. We’re proud to provide the West RNS as an offering that helps support the safe, effective delivery of injectable medicines to patients around the world.”
Disposable Syringe Eliminates Dead Space in Vials
A new disposable syringe with an integrated cone-shaped tip can completely extract costly medicines from rubber stopper vials and deliver them to patients effectively.
 
The QD Syringe Systems Quick Draw (QD) Syringe is a based on a solid polycarbonate dual-channel, draw-down tip which completely draws all medication out of a vial. An extended rubber nipple tip eliminates the dead space within the syringe, along with the proprietary GlyFlo Tip that reduces the dead space to only 18 microliters. Once medication is drawn into the QD Syringe, a custom hub with a sharp steel needle is placed over the draw tip, ensuring the sharpest needle possible when giving a patient an injection.
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.
Many Dental Offices Aren’t Keeping Up with Bloodborne Pathogen Rules
An online survey found that more than a quarter of dental practices did not have a written bloodborne pathogens (BBP) control plan as required by OSHA. The survey was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention, a dental industry organization. Findings were published in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.
Portal Instruments develops award winning needle-free jet injection
Majority of us tend to get squeamish at the mere idea of getting a shot. I am one of those people. I avoid going to the doctor or getting vaccines, or anything medical pretty much….just to dodge THE NEEDLE. However I have close friends who suffer from chronic illnesses that require them to self inject regularly, I always feel a deep pang of sorrow for them every time I think of them having to push that long needle into thier skin, thinking of that sickening pain that they must feel. The anxiety that builds up from anticipating the pain and the push of the needle into our skin is a real issue for me and so it must be for them. I cant even imagine having to do that every day, or even worse having to do it to someone else.
Colorado woman finds dozens of used syringes weekly near her backyard
Hazel Goldschmidt says she is concerned about the amount of used syringes she is finding behind her backyard near Pueblo Boulevard. Goldschmidt says some of the syringes still have the needle intact.  "My concerns are with aids and bloodborne pathogens and stuff going around that the kids are going to be injured adults are going to be injured and its just something we need to bring more public knowledge about," Goldschmidt said. Hazel said that the first time she picked up about 50 syringes, but soon more started appearing.
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!
HIV
Toddler gives hope for HIV cure
The Paris Statement: "HIV Science Matters"
New Hope for HIV: Another Child ‘Cured’
How the HIV/AIDS crisis redefined the concept of family
HEPATITIS
WHO urges action for eliminating hepatitis
Hepatitis C rates on the rise
World Health Organization report: Efforts to eliminate hepatitis gaining momentum
90,000 people in WI have Hepatitis C but less than half know they have it
Can You Get Hepatitis C With Sexual Transmission? Know The Facts On World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day: 325 million affected; annual deaths exceed those linked to HIV
Sask. doctor concerned about 'shockingly low' number of hepatitis C patients being treated
World Hepatitis Day 2017: 90% of pregnant women with Hepatitis C infection will pass the disease on their unborn
WHO launches injection safety campaign for World Hepatitis Day
As a part of the World Health Organization’s ongoing efforts to promote education and awareness about hepatitis prevention, the organization will launch the “Get the Point: Make Smart Injection Choices” campaign in advance of World Hepatitis Day.
 
“Countries are really starting to get ready to tackle this issue. We hear a lot about testing and treatment, but really it’s also about prevention,” Gottfried Hirnschall, MD, MPH, director of the department of HIV and the Global Hepatitis Program at WHO, said during a press conference. “Major routes of transmission are injection drug use and unsafe injections in health care settings in certain countries. Therefore, the prevention of hepatitis is of course a key element in the response [to elimination] that we need to urgently look at.”
WEST NILE
First West Nile-Related Death of 2017 Reported in Dallas County
Camilla resident diagnosed with West Nile Virus
West Nile still a concern
West Nile virus researcher believes vaccine should be available
West Nile detected in Lynn
West Nile virus found in South Bend
ZIKA VIRUS
Ticks, Lyme disease and Zika can be fought with simple precautions
'We got a mosquito borne illness:' Jonathan LaPaglia reveals fear he contracted Zika virus while filming the new season of Australian Survivor
Scientists plan to trick Zika-carrying mosquitoes into breeding themselves out of existence
Suspected Case of Zika Discovered in Texas
The first case of local Zika transmission in the continental US this year has been reported
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
BEN FRANKLIN'S LESSONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERSHERE'S HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE IN THE FIRE SERVICE, ACCORDING TO POOR RICHARD'S WORDS OF WISDOM
From perhaps America's most beloved of the founding fathers, Ben Franklin's timeless wisdom is as relevant to emergency responders today as when he started publishing “Poor Richard's Almanack” more than 280 years ago. While many are aware that Franklin founded the Union Fire Company, America’s first organized fire department, fewer people know that Franklin also cofounded America's first hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
 
In his many books and publications, Franklin shared great American common sense that many firefighters and EMS providers will find useful as they work in the professions Franklin himself helped shape.
 
Ben Franklin was known for being calm and thoughtful at a time in America when fiery debate was the norm. (Photo/Smithsonian Institution Archives)
 
While it is unlikely that Franklin ever taught bloodborne pathogen lessons, he often gave advice that you might hear in any modern training classroom, "Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation." He also noted that, “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria."
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NEEDLESTICKS FOR INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY PHYSICIANS
Needlestick injuries are ubiquitous among interventional radiologists and are often not reported” Deipolyi et al (2017). Abstract: Purpose: To determine the prevalence of and risk factors for needlesticks in interventional radiology physicians, as well as the attitudes, behaviors, and conditions...
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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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GERRESHEIMER LICENSES SYRINGE SAFETY SOLUTION FROM WEST
German drugs packager Gerresheimer has acquired an exclusive license for a syringe-safety solution from U.S.-based West Pharmaceutical Services, completing its portfolio of pre-fillable glass and plastic syringes, it said on Monday.
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THE MOST COMMON INJURIES AMONG NURSES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
It’s not very surprising that almost all nurses are working to the bone. For an individual who is seeing from the outside, it might look like the job of nursing is all about giving shots and/or administering medication to patients.
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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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INTERNATIONAL SAFETY CENTER HIGHLIGHTS PATHOGEN EXPOSURE RISKS FACED BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND CALLS FOR GREATER USE OF PROTECTIVE MEASURES
The International Safety Center (Center), a global leader in occupational research and advocacy for safer workplaces, today announced the release of EPINet 2015 U.S. hospital surveillance data. EPINet® (the Exposure Prevention Information Network) provides healthcare facilities with a standardized system for tracking the occupational exposures that put healthcare staff at risk. The Center also announced availability of a new Consensus Statement and Call to Action, which documents the role conventional healthcare worker uniforms play in the spread of pathogens and highlights the need to address the high rate of exposures and illness experienced by healthcare workers.
 
The EPINet surveillance system includes employee incident reports on Needlestick and Sharp Object Injuries and on Blood and Body Fluid Exposures. Compared to 2014, in 2015 participating hospitals reported a marked increase in injuries from sharps and needlesticks to training physicians (residents and interns) and an overall increase in injuries sustained in the operating room, along with an unexpected decrease in the use of safety-engineered medical devices.
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INFECTION CONTROL AND BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
When you provide care to someone who is ill there is a risk that germs could spread and you could become ill, too. The person you are caring for needs protection against germs as well. Without good infection control, they could become even more ill.
 
Infections can be life-threatening. For these reasons, understanding and implementing infection control principles is essential to safe home care.
 
In this program, you will learn what causes infection, how germs are spread and what you can do to maintain healthy home care conditions both for yourself and the care recipient.
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SHARPS INJURIES-PROVIDERS FACE NEW REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
New reporting requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may make it easier to ascertain just how many sharps injuries and/or needlesticks are incurred every year by healthcare workers. The agency is betting that the requirements will “nudge” providers to take extra steps to safeguard their employees.
 
Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must provide their workers with worksites free of recognized serious hazards. To that end, OSHA has for decades required employers to keep track of their workers’ injuries and illnesses by recording them in what is often called an “OSHA log.”
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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.

ITL EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH LARGE U.S. COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK - THE COMPANY PROVIDES ANCILLARY PRODUCTS FOR THE BLOOD CULTURE TESTING MARKET.
ITL BioMedical division has won a 12-month contract extension with a large U.S. community blood bank for its SampLok Sampling Kit. The company has been a supplier to this blood centre for over four years.   ITL BioMedical is a growing provider of specialty ancillary products for the blood culture testing market, estimated to be worth US$3.3 billion in 2016 and growing to US$4.8 billion by 2021.  The company’s SampLok Sampling Kit (SSK) is a highly innovative product that is utilised in the blood banking market to transfer platelet samples during bacterial detection testing.
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES COSTING NHS MILLIONS OF POUNDS
According to the NHS Resolution’s annual report and accounts (2016/ 2017), it received 1,833 incident claims for needlestick injuries between 2012 and 2017 (fiscal years). Of these, the 1,213 successful claims cost the NHS £4,077,441, but a UK-based company, NeedleSmart is now offering a technological solution to reduce injuries and costs – which is reported at more than 100,000 in the UK.  The new needle disposal technology, which can be used in hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries, takes a used hypodermic needle and transforms it into a sterile, non-sharp needle – in seconds.
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UNISAFE - A SPRINGLESS PASSIVE SAFETY DEVICE FOR PRE-FILLABLE SYRINGES
UniSafe is a springless, passive safety device designed to work with standard, pre-fillable syringes. This means nothing that touches the drug needs to change. UniSafe looks and works like a normal syringe.
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NEEDLE STICK INJURY AN INFANT SUFFERED AFTER A USED SYRINGE WAS LEFT IN THE DELI SECTION OF A MELBOURNE COLES - AS BOY, 14, IS CHARGED OVER 'MALICIOUS' ATTACK
A 14-year-old boy has been charged after two children were pricked by a used syringe in the delicatessen section of a Coles supermarket.
Two children, including an infant boy, were pricked by the hidden syringe needle in separate incidents at Broadmeadows Coles, in Melbourne's north about 1.30pm on Monday. 
The infant boy will need to undergo six months of extensive testing to ensure he did not contract any disease.
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HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS SHIFTING TO SAFETY NEEDLES FROM CONVENTIONAL SYRINGES
Governments in various countries are swiftly enforcing the use of safety needles. This step is taken to prevent accidental infection that could lead to attainment of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or even HIV. Moreover, healthcare regulatory bodies are introducing laws that are mandatory to follow before administering drugs using Syringes. Needle stick injuries can sometimes lead to severe infections and cause various lethal blood borne diseases. Over the years, a number government regulations such as Needles Exchange Program, Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act and introduction of OSHA’s blood borne pathogens standards are helping to spread awareness among people about harmful consequences caused by using used needles. The aforementioned factors are fueling the demand for high quality safety needles.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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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.
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