Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 11, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Study Shows: Registered Nurses’s Health rates are falling below the average American
Transforming the health of America can start with 3.6 million nurses
Homeless in Vancouver: Global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine yet to be felt in Canada?
An Increase in Hazardous Healthcare Worker Exposures
Hazardous healthcare worker exposures on the rise
Hate needles? Burley's hospital has a 'more compassionate' way to draw blood coming soon
BURLEY — Cassia Regional Hospital will be one of four Intermountain Healthcare facilities to roll out a new standard of care that will remove the needle from blood draws for
Utah should stick to the point of needle exchange program
Experts say the epidemic must be fought, simultaneously, on two different tracks — tracks that may seem contradictory rather than complementary. In a state where influential people think that the sight of a beer being drawn will cause young people to become problem drinkers, it shouldn’t be that surprising that a syringe-exchange program for drug addicts has been a hard sell.
Needleless blood draws could solve one of the biggest headaches in hospitals
Of all the aches and pains patients endure in a prolonged hospital stay, getting blood drawn is one of the biggest nuisances.
Patients who are sick enough to stay in the hospital for days on end need to have their blood monitored regularly, and every time, it’s an invasive procedure. Although often patients are set up with central or peripheral lines that allow medication or saline to be pumped directly into veins in their arms or chest, these lines are actually fairly bad at taking blood in the other direction over long periods of time. As a result, patients end up getting pricked with needles constantly to have their blood taken—including in the wee hours of the night.
13 Hidden Signs You May Have HIV Without Knowing It
U.K. vending machine offers HIV testing
Fighting HIV/AIDS: Human-Rights Focused Advocacy Is More Critical Than Ever
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV: What, When and How?
England’s NHS Turns to Clinical Trial to Make Cheaper HIV Drug Available
Single HIV Value Overestimates Viral Suppression
Innovative Treatment Developed for HIV
Transforming the health of America can start with 3.6 million nurses
When nurses are healthy, they are perceived as more credible by patients and are more likely to counsel their patients on healthy behavior, said Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, here at the Rheumatology Nurses Annual Conference.  However, “in most categories, registered nurses’” health is less than that of the average American, said Carpenter, who is the interim director of program operations, nursing practice and innovation of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Nurses have a higher level of stress and get less sleep than the average American.
Guest Commentary: Prevention, education essential to eliminating viral hepatitis
4 pregnant women die in Borno IDP camp as Hepatitis E infects 400 others
Hepatitis A Vaccination Among The Alaskan Children Nearly Eliminates The Virus
A note of caution amidst a 'revolution' in hepatitis C treatment
'Global shortage' of hepatitis B vaccine
SundanceTV greenlights Canadian “tainted blood” drama Unspeakable
SundanceTV has announced a new drama miniseries titled Unspeakable, based off one of the biggest public health crises in recent Canadian history. The series—created by Stargate producer Robert C. Cooper—will center on a scandal that rocked the Canadian medical establishment in the 1970s and 1980s, when thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV due to receiving transfusions from inadequately screened blood.
Rare West Nile virus complications can devastate victims’ lives
First case of West Nile virus in 2017 reported in Kent County
Buzzing mosquitoes signal return of West Nile virus to Siouxland
Counties test positive for West Nile Virus
First West Nile Virus Case For DuPage County In 2017 Reported In Glen Ellyn
Zika Virus: Everything Pregnant Women Should Know
As Zika cases fade, researchers look for clues on how the virus is transmitted, especially in pregnant women
Sanofi's Zika Standoff: Bad Medicine?
The Zika Vaccine: The Miracle Of Government-Funded Research
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.
Connecticut—OSHA issued six serious citations to a nursing home for violations of the bloodborne pathogens standard, as well as two other-than-serious violations for recordkeeping deficiencies. - Total penalty: $65,190
New Jersey—A substance abuse treatment facility was cited with 11 serious violations. Most were issued under the bloodborne pathogens standard; the rest dealt with hazard communication, exit route requirements, electrical safety, and asbestos.
Total penalty: $97,783
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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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The Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites in Federal Way has been fined $389,700 for failure to correct multiple health violations such as properly protecting employees from bloodborne pathogens and other hazards.
Hotel owner Pacific Hospitality LLC filed an appeal July 6, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  Documents show the hotel has since been making corrections for 13 total violations stemming from December 2016. The penalties for these violations increased substantially because corrections did not begin until April.
A similar but less severe case occurred in 2015 when the department issued a $112,450 fine against a Motel 6 in Vancouver. An inspection revealed injuries to employees from used needles, for example, along with violations for raling to train workers or hold safety meetings.
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Earlier in the week, a neighbor of Pueblo City Councilman Ray Aguilera discovered a large bag of needles scattered about in an alley near his Bessemer backyard.   The neighbor collected the dozens of needles from the alley, called Aguilera and brought them to him after Aguilera told him he'd arrange for their disposal. "That bag was a grocery bag and it's half full," Aguilera said.
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A greater proportion of blood and body fluid splashes and splatters are occurring in patient and exam rooms than in years past, and almost two-thirds of them involved workers' eyes -- a significant concern because fewer than 7 percent of the workers involved with those exposures reported they were wearing eye protection, it reported.
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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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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.

The International Safety Center (ISC) has released new surveillance data that tracks employee incident reports of needlestick injuries and blood and body fluid exposures. According to ISC, a nonprofit organization that works to improve protection for healthcare workers, participating hospitals reported a marked increase in injuries from sharps and needlesticks to residents and interns from 2014 to 2015. As well, ISC noted 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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Dental practices are at risk like never before to be hit with steep fines imposed by government agencies for failure to follow applicable dental practice regulations.  Recent studies show that MANY DENTISTS DON’T KNOW THE APPLICABLE REGULATIONS that apply to their practices well enough to survive a visit from a federal or state inspector. For example, surveys show that dentists are not following nitrous oxide safety guidelines,not using proper amalgam management,are not properly prepared for possible cyber attacks on their patients records,and are not controlling exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
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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. A needlestick injury can be avoided by following some simple rules and recognising that appropriate waste segregation is vital to the safety of staff, patients and any persons in contact with a healthcare or social service setting where sharps usage is required.
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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.” But under a final rule that became effective January 1, 2017, OSHA now requires that some of this recorded information be submitted to OSHA electronically for posting to the OSHA website. 
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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.
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