Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 4, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Hazardous healthcare worker exposures on the rise
Europe Safety Syringes Market growing at a CAGR of 7.97% by 2021
International Safety Center Highlights Pathogen Exposure Risks Faced by Healthcare Workers
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.”
Sharps Injuries - Providers face new reporting requirements - Waste Medic
 
This post, Sharps Injuries – Providers face new reporting requirements, first appeared on http://www.repertoiremag.com/. 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 
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
HIV-Positive Charlie Sheen Goes Nuts With Vegan Diet
DOH tries prevention vs HIV
Stigma due to age may impact HIV care in older adults
Older adults with HIV: An overlooked population?
Nearly 40% of HIV-positive children in Zimbabwe remain undiagnosed
HIV testing through local clinics failed to diagnose more than one-third of HIV-positive children in Zimbabwe, highlighting the need for community-based approaches to reach the UNAIDS goal of diagnosing 90% of children and adolescents living with HIV by 2020.    “HIV testing for HIV-exposed infants is available as part of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission programs, but only 51% of 
HEPATITIS
'It's an absolute fiasco' - Woman infected with Hepatitis C concerned as HSE 'failed to compensate medical bills'
World Hepatitis Day
Gauging the Threat Posed by Hepatitis E
FDA approves Mavyret, hepatitis C drug that treats virus in just 8 weeks
Thirty-million people to be screened in Egypt for Hepatitis C by end of 2018: Health Minister
Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin said on Thursday that 30 million people are to be screened for the Hepatitis C virus by the end of 2018.
 
The Hepatitis C virus is a blood-borne disease that can damage the liver and lead to deadly complications, such as cirrhosis and cancer.
 
Eddin noted that the ministry has so far managed to screen 3.6 million people, and that the government has treated 1.23 million patients at a cost of LE3.3 billion, adding that procedures to be treated do not exceed three days.
World Hepatitis Day 2017 - Sky News
On World Hepatitis Day 2017, WHA CEO Raquel Peck was invited to speak about the importance of the day on Sky News. She was joined by Michelle Toley, a hepatitis C advocate and contaminated blood victim.
A betrayal to make you weep: That 1,800 Britons have been 'murdered' by tainted NHS blood is bad enough, but the grotesque way the victims have been denied justice is the scandal of our age
Mike Dorricott died a week ago yesterday at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, in a room filled with those he loved most: his mum Jennifer, sister Jane, wife Ann and their grown-up daughters Sarah and Ellie.
Aged just 47, he had spent his final days propped up in bed with tubes up his nose, drifting in and out of consciousness. His kidneys and liver were failing, his stomach and lungs were infected and he was in the terminal stages of liver cancer.
WEST NILE
West Nile Virus detected in Twin Falls County
The realities of living with West Nile virus
North Texas Woman Recovering From West Nile Virus Scare
How to detect the West Nile Virus
Nassau resident tested positive for West Nile virus
ZIKA VIRUS
Kissing does NOT spread Zika, government study confirms
Mother who feared her baby had contracted the Zika virus during her pregnancy welcomes her new daughter after LIVE blogging her labour
Zika infections unlikely to be passed by kissing, casual contact
How To Read An Epidemic: An Excerpt From “The Secret Life of Zika Virus”
Prior dengue or yellow fever exposure does not worsen Zika infection in monkeys
Cerabino: Zika virus brings new form to Florida dating
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
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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7 WAYS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF A SHARPS INJURY
A sharp, or needlestick injury can cause a huge amount of distress to the injured party, as this kind of penetration to the skin can result in the spread of disease or infections such as HIV, hepatitis and other serious bloodborne pathogens.
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ELIMINATE HEPATITIS: WHO
New WHO data from 28 countries - representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden - indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum.
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS
More than 8 million health care workers in the United States work in hospitals and other health care settings. Precise national data are not available on the annual number of needlestick and other percutaneous injuries among health care workers; however, estimates indicate that 600,000 to 800,000 such injuries occur annually. About half of these injuries go unreported
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THIRTY-MILLION PEOPLE TO BE SCREENED IN EGYPT FOR HEPATITIS C BY END OF 2018: HEALTH MINISTER
Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin said on Thursday that 30 million people are to be screened for the Hepatitis C virus by the end of 2018.
 
The Hepatitis C virus is a blood-borne disease that can damage the liver and lead to deadly complications, such as cirrhosis and cancer.
 
Eddin noted that the ministry has so far managed to screen 3.6 million people, and that the government has treated 1.23 million patients at a cost of LE3.3 billion, adding that procedures to be treated do not exceed three days.
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DISCARDED SYRINGES CONTINUE TO POSE PUBLIC SAFETY RISK
With the region still locked in the grip of an ongoing addiction crisis, these roughly four-inch needles have become a common sight in public spaces, parks, and ponds, hiding in the shadow of roadside curbs and in public waste receptacles.
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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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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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INTERNATIONAL SAFETY CENTER HIGHLIGHTS PATHOGEN EXPOSURE RISKS FACED BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The International Safety 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. 
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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.

JANE ASTON ON THE EMOTIONAL COSTS OF NEEDLESTICK IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
Jane Aston reveals the emotional costs of needlestick and sharps injuries and the impact a blood-borne virus can have. Aston is a clinical nurse consultant with expertise in occupational health. Before joining Mölnlycke, she worked as a nurse within the National Health Service in the UK for more than 30 years.
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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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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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