Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter January 19, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Routine immunisation and awareness would reduce yellow fever outbreak
Gx® InnoSafe: Greater protection against needlestick injuries
Needlestick and occupational exposure to infections: a compendium of current guidelines
Needlestick Safety Challenges Continue
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
Aetna to pay $17 million after mailing revealed patients' HIV meds
An advocate's perspective: Minority groups & HIV
This Man With HIV Just Won His Battle To Change The Rules So He Can Become An Airline Pilot
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to sign pledge to increase HIV treatment
$17.2 Million Settlement for Breach Case Involving HIV Info
End of HIV needs community support
Woman Sues New York State’s Use Of Her Image In HIV Ad, Claiming ‘Significant Stigma’
It’s In The Mail: Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout In HIV Privacy Breach
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
Hepatitis A outbreak skips Weber County, health officials aim to keep it that way
Dr. Bob: How hepatitis spreads and infects
Utah residents panic over hepatitis A outbreak from 7-Eleven, hundreds feared impacted
Sick restaurant worker prompts hepatitis A warning in Hawaii
Missouri Faces Costly Dilemma: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C?
Almost 1/3 of Idaho prisoners have hepatitis C. State says it needs $3M to treat them.
Hepatitis A outbreak in SE Michigan not associated with Soaring Eagle Casino
The Media Seemed Disappointed That Trump Didn’t Have AIDS, Hepatitis C, Ebola, Or Anything Awful
Brew City Wrestling throws fundraiser for area chiropractor who had West Nile virus
Arthritis drug may help treat memory loss, inflammation from West Nile virus
Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable
Light pollution may promote the spread of West Nile virus
Denton County reports West Nile virus case in The Colony
Here is how Zika impairs foetal development
Decoded: How Zika virus impairs foetal development
Zika Virus Damages Placenta, Which May Explain Malformed Babies
BU medical student develops method of slowing spread of Zika virus
Zika infection during pregnancy may disrupt fetal oxygen supply
Zika virus retreats worldwide
Zika Virus Damages Placenta, Which May Explain Malformed Babies
Though the Zika virus is widely known for a recent outbreak that caused children to be born with microencephaly, or having a small head, and other...
Safety IV Cannula with TIPCLIP
Visible under ultrasound, the catheters help access deeper veins.
B. Braun Medical Inc. recently introduced the Introcan Safety Deep Access IV Catheters to its portfolio of products that help improve the success of peripheral intravenous PIV access. Longer peripheral catheters facilitate intravenous (IV) procedures involving ultrasound guidance, access to deeper veins, patients with difficult access, or for those who are overweight and obese.
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 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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  • Automated retraction is activated by securely closing end cap while needle is still in patient's vein

  • Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure

  • Single use holder protects users from both ends of contaminated blood collection needles

  • Utilizes conventional multiple sample blood collection needles and prevents cross contamination

  • Capable of multi-tube blood draws

  • Small diameter tube adapter available for use with small diameter tubes


It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new University of Maryland-led study released today. 
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Victoria police have issued a public warning after a second person in two days was pricked by a stray syringe, this time a woman who was walking her dog... 
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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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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.
Biocorp, a developer of medical devices and smart-drug delivery systems, has secured CE mark approval for its Easylog smart cap. Easylog is a smart sensor that enables to turn all classic pen injectors, disposable and reusable products into connected devices.  The new smart cap will collect crucial treatment information such as dose, date, time and transmits it to a monitoring mobile app. The approval has been granted for a version compatible with insulin delivery devices.
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It’s a tragedy that heroin addiction destroys so many lives in Seattle. Discarded needles add another sad layer to the problem. A push from Seattle Public Utilities started in February 2016...
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A DISGUSTED mother has told how she nearly trod on a syringe while in a shopping centre toilet. 
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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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