Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 13, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Swedish journalist Kim Wall's torso was stabbed with syringes during submarine killing, prosecutors say
Needlestick injuries: Education is key
Needlestick Prevention Training Video
Highlighting the five most frequent needlestick scenarios, this training video instructs frontline healthcare staff on on how to avoid needlesticks
Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices
Safe Injection Practices are a set of recommendations within Standard Precautions, which are the foundation for preventing transmission of infections during patient care in all healthcare settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care, home care and hospice. 
 
Proven Needle Stick Protection Needle Resistant Gloves
HexArmor Needle-Resistant PPE is proven needlestick technology used by some of the largest recycling and hospital waste companies in the world. Our needle-resistant gloves and arm guards are tested with actual needles to ensure maximum protection from needlesticks. Ask our customers of over 5 years- we are the most trusted source for needle protection
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.
 
The Zip® provides secure skin layer closure for surgical incisions of any length.  The device is available in several lengths, and each device may be cut with scissors for shorter incisions, or combined for longer incisions.  The Zip® is applied at the skin layer after deeper, tension-reducing suture layers are applied.
HIV
New California Law Reduces Penalty for Knowingly Exposing Someone to HIV
California Shouldn’t Make It Easier For HIV-Positive People Like Me To Give Blood And Have Risky Sex
Reengineered immune system cells show early promise against HIV
Prince Harry gave a speech about Princess Diana’s famous handshake with a man with HIV
HEPATITIS
Church offers breakfast and hepatitis A shots
San Diego waterways are not being tested for hepatitis amid health crisis
Hepatitis A Outbreak in California Leads to State of Emergency
Santa Barbara Doctor Surrenders Medical Licenses After Hepatitis C Outbreak
The Santa Barbara doctor whose office was responsible for transmitting Hepatitis C to at least four patients has surrendered his licenses to practice medicine in California and Oregon.  Dr. Allen Thomashefsky specialized in regenerative injection therapy, which is treatment for chronic pain caused by unhealed injuries around cartilage, joints and muscles.
Blood donations needed in wake of hurricane
People in the path of Hurricane Harvey have survived the darkest days and are now beginning the clean-up and recovery. Texas blood centers are thanking independent blood centers across the country, including Community Blood Center, for being part of the relief effort.  On Monday, Aug. 28 CBC learned that Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi and Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston were both in need of blood. Coastal Bend had resumed collections, but the local population was just beginning to return and was struggling with flood damage. Gulf Coast was unable to reopen and resume collections until the end of the week at best. CBC sent an initial shipment of 60 units, including 45 unit of type O, to Coastal Bend and it arrived Tuesday morning.
WEST NILE
Two Confirmed Human West Nile cases detected in eastern Coachella Valley
Yukon Man Hospitalized With West Nile Virus
West Nile cases in Georgia drop in September, but the virus is still a danger
ZIKA VIRUS
Sen. Bill Nelson tells CDC 'Zika outbreak isn't over'
Florida Reports First Local Transmission of Zika Virus in 2017
Combination Of El Niño And 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Likely Worsened Zika Outbreak
Single case of locally transmitted Zika virus confirmed by Florida health department
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.
A Silent Epidemic of Needle Injuries
Surgical students are frequently stuck by needles, but many students don’t bother reporting the injuries, a new study found.
ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device.
The ScrubSafe Sharps Transfer Device can be used to safely pass 99% of sharps between members of the operating theatre teams during surgery ensuring minima
Streets Sprayed With Bleach as State Of Emergency Declared In California Hepatitis A Outbreak
A month after San Diego began street-bleaching in an effort to control its spread, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as California'
CDC Agrees That Person with Undetectable HIV Cannot Transmit the Virus
The agency has adopted the widely accepted position that an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load cannot pass the virus through unprotected sex.
IN THE NEWS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE
Editor's Note:  The editor would like to thank those that have patiently waited for the next edition of the ISIPS Newsletter.  An unfortunate accident has required a little time to resume editorial duties.   Thank you for your patience!

 
Built-in safety mechanism is activated by fully depressing plunger while needle is still in patient 
 
Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure
 
One-handed activation 
 
Requires minimal training
 
Non-reusable
 
Safe, efficient disposal
 
Color coded for gauge size
 
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
The study had 2 objectives: to investigate whether hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care facilities differ with respect to the causes of needlestick injuries (NSI) and to collect data on …
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SHIFT PATTERNS AND NEEDLE STICK INJURY RISK
This study investigates the relationship occurring between consecutive workdays, night-shifts, cumulative hours, forward-rotating shift schedules (morning-afternoon-night), and occupational NSSIs…
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES DURING SURGERY AMONG OPERATING ROOM PERSONNEL
To investigate the predictors of NSIs preventive behaviors during surgery among operating room personnel based on a health belief model (HBM)” Fathi et al (2017). 
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CALIFORNIA REDUCES PENALTY FOR EXPOSING OTHERS TO HIV!!! WOW!
California Dems are at it again! Knowingly exposing someone to a serious disease should not be taken lightly. California, of course, wants to lower the punishment and treat this inhumane act as a lower misdemeanor. A case can be made that the felony punishment is largely how the spread was controlled in the first place.…
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STOPPING NEEDLESTICK ACCIDENTS IN WELL BEING CARE SETTINGS
Greater than eight million well being care employees in the US work in hospitals and different well being care settings. Exact nationwide knowledge will not be accessible on the annual variety of needlestick and different percutaneous accidents amongst well being care employees; nevertheless, estimates point out that 600,000 to 800,000 such accidents happen yearly. About half of those accidents go unreported. 
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MANAGING SHARPS INJURIES AND OTHER OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES TO HIV
Dermatologists and their staff are at risk for needlestick injuries and exposures to body fluids. Despite the availability of treatment to reduce the risk of blood-borne infection, many exposures go unreported. 
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WALSALL MANOR HOSPITAL BILLED £80K FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY BREACHES
A hospital in the Black Country had to pay out more than £80,000 in compensation for health and safety breaches last year. There was also a large increase in sharps and needle stick injuries including incidents where staff had the danger of becoming contaminated. Managers at the hospital today insisted they have tried to shift the health and safety culture from being reactive to proactive.
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CHILD PRICKED BY USED NEEDLE DURING DAYCARE FIELD TRIP
City workers in Port Coquitlam are carefully searching local parks and playgrounds after a child was pricked by a used hypodermic needle.The child’s skin was punctured during a daycare field trip to Fox Park, where the needle was buried in the gravel. City Councillor Glenn Pollock said he was very concerned about the incident.
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CLICKZIP SAFETY SRYINGE
Clickzip
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is a new and globally patented Swiss technology active, high quality needle with a retraction mechanism, thus preventing needlestick injury and syringe reuse.The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is simple to operate which is why the technology is so valuable. Minimal or no extra training is required to use this product. Please view below the simple four step process of DRAW, INJECT, ZIP, SNAP.
 
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is simple to operate which is why the technology is so valuable. Minimal or no extra training is required to use this product.
 
 
Using the ClickZip syringe is easy - a simple four step process of DRAW, INJECT, ZIP, SNAP.
 
 
Step 1: Shown is the ClickZip™ as it is packaged. Make sure the needle is fixed tight and then use the standard aseptic technique to DRAW out the medication and fill the syringe.

 
Step 2: INJECT the medication by fully depressing the plunger to the end of the syringe barrel to engage the locking mechanism. The user should be able to feel and hear a ‘CLICK’.

 
Step 3: ZIP the plunger back to retract the needle safely back into the barrel. The needle will tilt to one side and prevent the needle being able to be pushed out again, preventing reuse or needlestick injury.

 
Step 4: SNAP off the plunger at the breaking point. ClickZip™ is now disabled and cannot be reused. Discard the complete unit as per regulations require.

 

 
With less waste, a safer mechanism, and no need for special sharps disposal units, and the potential for needle reuse or needlestick injury greatly reduced, long term and other immediate costs are significantly lowered, and safety and health benefits for health workers, patients and the community as a whole are significantly increased.
 
 
 
FIRST NYC EMT TO CONTRACT HIV ON JOB HONORED 20 YEARS AFTER DEATH
An EMT who became the first emergency responder in New York City to contract HIV while treating a patient is being honored on Monday, 20 years after her death.
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NEARLY 1 IN 6 NEW HIV DIAGNOSES IN EUROPE ARE AMONG PEOPLE OVER 50
A study published in The Lancet HIV showed that while the rate of newly reported HIV cases in Europe remained steady in younger people between 2004 and 2015, it increased by 2 percent each year overall in older people. 
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SECOND GRADE HANDWASHING EXPERIMENT LEADS TO BIG DECREASE IN BACTERIA, ILLNESS
How do you get kids to understand the importance of washing their hands? Make it an experiment, suggests one study in which second graders observed that washing or using sanitizer gel reduced the bacteria on their hands by more than 90 percent. Subsequently, the students were far more likely to wash their hands regularly, and there was a significant decrease in illness-related absences, according to the research being presented at IDWeek 2017
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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.
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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