Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 3, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Giving needle-free flu vaccines a shot
Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 972.0 Million by the end of 2020
Compensation for deaths on worksites to double under draft laws
University of Pittsburgh research collaboration works toward saving more organs for transplants
Retractable Technologies, Smart Meter win DSN/ECRM Buyers Choice Awards
Leveraging 4 Key Drivers in a $6.36 Billion PFS Market at 10th Annual Pre-Filled Syringes Show
Needlestick Ebola cases 'unrelated', says army official
Needlesticks: The sharp end of workplace injuries
Needlestick/sharps injuries or exposure to blood or body fluid are the worst nightmare of most healthcare workers. However careful you are, sometimes accidents happen – and they’re more common than you might think. In fact, needlestick or sharps injuries account for roughly 17% of accidents involving NHS staff and are the second most common injury just behind manual handling.
Protecting Patients with VanishPoint Retractable Syringes
Needlesticks are not just the fear of 4-year-olds receiving their vaccinations; they are also the source of blood-borne infections afflicting millions of healthcare practitioners. When a conventional needle is left exposed after use on a patient, it can accidentally stick another person, such as a healthcare worker. The accidental needlestick can infect that person if the patient had any blood-borne diseases. Recent estimates place the number of needlestick injuries in the United States at more than 300,000 per year, with infection by HIV or Hepatitis as possible consequences. The spring-retractable syringe, VanishPoint, was created to prevent needlestick injuries and ameliorate other unsafe injection practices.
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.
Comfort and Compensation After an Accidental Needlestick Injury
The fear felt after an accidental needlestick injury in the workplace is natural and undeniable for everyone involved, but you can minimize your panic by having a worker’s compensation insurance policy in place, and by taking immediate action.
Sharps Safety in the Perioperative SettingSharps injuries are an overrepresented problem in the peri- and intraoperative setting. Anesthesia providers and perioperative nursing staff are at particular risk for sustaining needle stick injuries, as their roles involve frequent administration of medications and placement of lines, often under urgent or stressful circumstances. Surgical personnel are also at risk given the use and necessary passing of sharp instruments between team members intraoperatively.
Occupational Risk on the Rise: Turning a Blind Eye
In hospitals and health clinics, the goal is to always treat the patients. An emerging concern is the welfare of the health care workers that are involved in the treatment, and their regular exposure to potentially deadly microorganisms.  Although there are measures in place to protect employees, there is no universal consensus on how to protect everyone.
Safety Shield Needlestick Prevention Device
Safety Shield is designed to reduce needlestick injuries, as well as reduce the fear and anxiety that is associated with the potential for these injuries. The device works with most 20-50ml medication vials, and provides a protective barrier between the needle and the holder's hand. Patent Pending.
Management of Needlestick Injuries ad how to avoid them
A needlestick injury can be a very demoralizing event.  Although the risk of contracting a bloodborne pathogen is relatively low, the psychological and emotional trauma that follows the injury can be be very depressing.
Compensation for deaths on worksites to double under draft laws
The amount of compensation paid to the families of people killed at work will double, if draft laws pass the ACT Legislative Assembly. Bosses who fail to pay injured workers weekly compensation can also be fined up to $300 on the spot, under the new legislation.  
Workplace Safety Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said Access Canberra currently had "limited" enforcement powers.
Workplace safety minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the boost in compensation would bring the ACT into line with Comcare and "help close a gap" between the private and public sectors.  Families would receive a lump sum payment of nearly $540,000 if their loved one was killed on a work site. Before, they would receive around $217,000
Puerto Ricans With HIV/AIDS Are Suffering After Hurricane Maria
I want a baby, but I am scared of getting HIV
80% Malawi babies of HIV positive mothers are rsik free – Official
Uptake of medications for HIV treatment and prevention changes sexual practices
Harvard honoring Elton John for efforts to fight HIV, AIDS
Pharma Funds Planned Parenthood HIV Program
Jail time for HIV transmission
HIV: 80% Transmission In Nigeria Through Intimacy
Communication Specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Kaduna Field Office, Rabiu Musa has disclosed that about 80% of the HIV transmission in Nigeria happened through intimacy.    This is just as added that about 10% of infections is through blood transfusion, while the other 10% is through other routes such as Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT), Injection Drug User (IDU), use of unsterilized instruments among others
County expected to extend Hepatitis A emergency declaration
State responds to increase in case of Hepatitis A
Gonorrhoea and syphilis on the rise, HIV stable, and some good news on hepatitis
Drug injections fuel Hepatitis C increase
More Than 2,900 People Treated Against Hepatitis After Visit to Popular Westchester Restaurant
San Diego focusing on homeless camps along river following hepatitis A outbreak
Dr. Betsy: How we get, treat Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A Is Surging And Cities Don't Have The Resources To Stop It
West Nile Virus detected, prompts advisory on Suncoast
Weather plays role in lingering West Nile case in Columbiana County
West Nile symptoms often go undetected
Spartanburg Co. taking more precautions against the West Nile Virus
Massachusetts reports 4th human case of West Nile virus
L.A. County death toll from West Nile virus climbs to 17
Zika Virus Treatment Pipeline Review 2017
Although the number of Zika cases has fallen, the virus is unlikely to vanish
1st Sexually Transmitted Zika Case Confirmed In Miami-Dade
The forgotten mothers and babies of Zika
State Zika Cases Reach 200 In 2017
Zika in the Caribbean: What you need to know
 by Ron Stoker
Emphasizing the personal and financial costs of sharps injuries will help get safer blades into the ORs.   Chances are you've witnessed a sharps injury, or may have even been sliced or stuck yourself, and know firsthand the deep emotional and physical scars the injuries can cause.
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It is amazing when you meet someone and they find out you are a nurse (infusion nurse), they start asking a lot of health related questions. Honestly, I don’t mind and I am grateful that most people I meet know what “infusion therapy” is,  although a few are still confused that it means…blood draw!!  I’ve met the most amazing patients and hope that I have answered some of their infusion therapy questions.
Here are a few tips I have shared with them…
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Hospitals heal—that’s what they’re known for. This is why, for many, the possibility of contracting a hospital acquired infection (HAI) is an unfathomable event. That being said, despite the conceptions that people might have about their safety within hospital walls, it isn’t uncommon. So, what can be done to maintain the quality and reputations of hospitals, as well as the health of our patients? A simple first step is to establish a proper set of policies that can be followed to prevent the spread of infection. Here are 10 must-have infection control policies every hospital should have:
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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
Safe, efficient disposal
Color coded for gauge size
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
The resources on this page are intended to promote patient safety and increase the safety of the healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by healthcare personnel.
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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.
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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