|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||July 28, 2017|
|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!
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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.”
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|West Nile still a concern|
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|Ticks, Lyme disease and Zika can be fought with simple precautions|
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|Scientists plan to trick Zika-carrying mosquitoes into breeding themselves out of existence|
|Suspected Case of Zika Discovered in Texas|
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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.
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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