Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 25, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Retractable Technologies (RVP) Says District Court Dismissed Case vs Becton, Dickinson
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?
New guidance for hepatitis B vaccine shortage
An Increase in Hazardous Healthcare Worker Exposures
Workers’ compensation claims for needlestick injuries
This study analyses workers’ compensation claims for NSI, as received by the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege, BGW) (n=1602). During a telephone interview (response rate 33.3%), the subjects were asked about the course of the accident and the handling of SED at the workplace. Descriptive analyses were performed for hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care facilities (including inpatient care for the elderly and outpatient care).
HIV
Novel approach to track HIV infection
HIV in Youth: Another Area for Cultural Competence
HIV Positive Mothers in Venezuela Face an Impossible Choice
10 Early Symptoms Of HIV Every Person Should Be Aware Of To Get Timely Treatment
Imprisoned HIV Activist Creates Beauty Behind Bars
HIV Positive Mothers in Venezuela Face an Impossible Choice
PAIRSonnalités Organization news on poverty, HIV, Prostitution, Homelessness, Alcohol and drugs, LGBT, Child Soldiers
HEPATITIS
Supermarket sausages and ham link to liver disease hepatitis being investigated
Thousands of Brits could be infected with the Hepatitis E virus from imported pork sold in a UK supermarket
More Drugs Show Promise in Fighting Hepatitis C
Extra 2500 dental patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after clinic closure delay
A 16-month delay in closing a Brisbane dental clinic resulted in an additional 2500 patients needing to be tested for a series of blood-borne diseases, including...
Death toll reaches 11 in San Diego hepatitis A outbreak
San Diego County bumped the number of deaths in a long-running hepatitis A outbreak to 11 as the number of hospitalizations continues to grow.
WEST NILE
Kentucky's 2017 Equine West Nile Case Count Rises to Five
As West Nile cases arise, local efforts to fight the virus are stifled
West Nile Virus detected in Parma area
First West Nile Virus Case In Human Reported In Long Beach
This year’s first human case of West Nile in Long Beach confirmed
West Nile virus cases picking up in Oklahoma
Spike In West Nile Virus Activity Prompts 'Heightened Concern' In The Valley
West Nile case confirmed
The summer’s first human case of West Nile virus in Douglas County was reported Friday.Dustin Boothe, disease control and prevention manager with Carson City Health & Human Services, said
First human case of West Nile virus detected in Utah County
A human has contracted the West Nile virus in Utah County, according to the Utah County Health Department.
ZIKA VIRUS
Zika virus stifles pregnant women's weakened immune system to harm baby, study finds
Dr. Wood: Why you can’t blame mosquitoes for Zika virus cases in Washington state
Zika virus reduced to few cases after scare in 2016
Zika threat is still real — but so is a 'friendly mosquito' solution
FDA allows new tools for testing of Zika virus
Top stories: Disappearing Zika, tricky eclipses, and the world’s oldest ice cores
'Herd immunity' may be curbing U.S. Zika numbers
Zika virus tied to neurological issues in adults
Adults infected with the Zika virus can develop a number of serious neurological conditions, a new study finds.
Zika has all but disappeared in the Americas. Why?
One. That is the total number of locally transmitted Zika cases confirmed in the continental United States this year, as of mid-August. That single case, recorded on 26 July in Hidalgo County in Texas, which borders Mexico, contrasts with hundreds of cases of local transmission last year. Better control of Zika's vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito that thrives in the hotter, southern part of the country, doesn't explain the dearth of cases. Nor are other factors such as climate change at work, experts say. Instead, Zika cases have plummeted in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus raged over the past 2 years, and much of the population is now immune to it. That, in turn, means fewer infected people entering the United States, reducing the chances of mosquitoes spreading the virus to susceptible people. The respite, experts say, could last for years.
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
DATA SHOWS HEALTH CARE WORKERS NOT WEARING PPE DESPITE RISE IN SHARPS INJURIES, BODY FLUID EXPOSURES
Despite an increase in sharps injuries and exposure to blood and bodily fluids, many health care workers are not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, recent data from the International Safety Center shows.  Researchers analyzed 2015 surveillance data from hospitals that participate voluntarily in ISC’s Exposure Prevention Information Network – a system that tracks occupational exposures among health care workers. They found that fewer than 7 percent of workers exposed to blood and bodily fluid splashes reported using eye protection, although about two-thirds of the workers’ eyes were splashed.
 
In 2015, 48.7 percent of workers who reported sharps injuries – defined by NIOSH as “a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or other sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids” – as well as 68.6 percent of those exposed to fluids said they believe those exposures were preventable, compared with about 30 percent for both groups in 2014.
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NURSE BLAMED FOR 2015 HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT
Crime and courts news from the Standard-Examiner, including stories from Ogden, Layton, Roy, Bountiful, Kaysville, Weber and Davis counties, and northern Utah.
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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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DOCTOR'S ATTEMPT TO INJECT HOSPITAL SUPERINTENDENT WITH HIV+ BLOOD OVER PERSONAL GRUDGE FOILED
The incident occurred at the Proddutur district government hospital in Andhra Pradesh's Kadapa district.
New Delhi: In a bizarre incident that unfolded at a hospital in Andhra Pradesh, a doctor lunged at the hospital superintendent in a fit of rage and tried to inject him with a syringe that held HIV+ blood. Reports reveal that the doctor, Dr David Raju, held a personal grudge against Dr Lakshmi Prasad, the superintendent, ever since he had reprimanded him for dereliction of duty.
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WHAT IS HEPATITIS, WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS E AND HOW COULD PORK SAUSAGES HAVE INFECTED PEOPLE?
All you need to know about the viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver... including what symptoms to look out for
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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.

CAMBODIAN MEDIC WHO SPREAD HIV ASKS FOR COURT'S MERCY
An unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV on Thursday acknowledged his mistake in reusing syringes and told an appeals court that he only sought to provide health care for his community.   A court in the northwestern province of Battambang in December 2015 found Yem Chrin guilty of cruel behavior resulting in death, intentionally spreading HIV and practicing medicine without a license. He is seeking a reduction of his sentence to 10 years so he can be reunited with his family, he said.
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ANA PRESIDENT KAREN DALEY TELLS HER NEEDLESTICK INJURY STORY - SAFE NEEDLES SAVE LIVES
ANA President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, describes her own story of a life-changing needlestick injury, and urges nurses to engage in efforts
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DATA SHOWS HEALTH CARE WORKERS NOT WEARING PPE DESPITE RISE IN SHARPS INJURIES, BODY FLUID EXPOSURES
Safety+Health magazineData shows health care workers not wearing PPE despite rise in sharps injuries, body fluid exposuresSafety+Health magazineHouston
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OSHA’S BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD
As provided by OSHA's Fact Sheets, here is an explanation of some of the standards and regulations set forth by the Department of Labor
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OPERATING ON THE WRONG PERSON AND PATIENTS FALLING OUT OF WINDOWS - NHS 'NEVER EVENTS' AT NEAR RECORD LEVELS
Patients falling out of windows and equipment being left inside wounds after surgery were some of a near record number of 'never events' recorded by the NHS last year.
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TOP 5 REASONS WHY SURGEONS SHOULD AVOID SAFETY SCALPELS.
Safety scalpels have been increasingly adopted in the operating rooms under the (mis)conception of being “safe”.
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EMS INNOVATIONS: #10 SAFETY SHARPS TO REDUCE NEEDLE STICKS
Most paramedics I know consider the size, shape and mechanism of sharps to be matters of personal preference influenced during primary training
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NEEDLESMART HELPING TO PREVENT NEEDLESTICK INJURIES - NEEDLESMART
Did you know that NHS resolution produce an informative document which includes some of the guidelines as listed below -Check training on correct disposal procedures are up to date. -Review your organisations procurement of safer sharps virus conventional sharps. -Consider why you aren’t using safer sharp, it this habit or lack of awareness? 
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MUM SHOCKED TO FIND A SYRINGE IN HER MCDONALD'S MEAL… AS SHE SLAMS RESTAURANT
ERIN Spellman claims her step mum discovered the broken instrument at the fast food chain in Hamburg, Kentucky
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ARKANSAS BLOODSUCKERS: THE CLINTONS, PRISONERS AND THE BLOOD TRADE
The year Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas, that state’s prison board awarded a fat contract to a Little Rock company called Health Management Associates, or HMA. The company was paid $3 million a year to run medical services for the state’s prison system, which had been blasted in a ruling by the US Supreme Court as an “evil place run by some evil men.”
HMA not only made money from providing medical care to prisoners, but it also started a profitable side venture: blood mining. The company paid prisoners $7 per pint of their blood. HMA then sold the blood on the international plasma market for $50 a pint, splitting the proceeds 50/50 with the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Since Arkansas is one of the few states that does not pay prisoners for their labor, inmates were frequent donors at the so-called “blood clinic.” Hundreds of prisoners sold as much as two pints a week to HMA. The blood was then sold to pharmaceutical companies, such as Bayer and Baxter International; blood banks, such as the Red Cross; and so-called blood fractionizers, who transformed the blood into medicines for hemophiliacs.
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ZIP® SURGICAL SKIN CLOSURE - FAST, NON-INVASIVE ALTERNATIVE TO STAPLES, SUTURES AND GLUE
The Zip® is unique solution to the speed vs. cosmetic outcome tradeoff made by surgeons today with conventional staples and sutures.  The adjustable, reversible device makes skin closure a fast and easy process, and the flexible, extendible design flexes with patient movement for patient comfort while protecting the incision from extrinsic forces caused by patient movement.
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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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