Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 16, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
SelfDose™ Patient-Controlled Injector Named as Recipient of Pharmapack Exhibitor Innovation Award
Protection against needlestick injuries at Pharmapack
Gx® InnoSafe: Greater protection against needlestick injuries
Needlestick Safety Challenges Continue
Needlestick injuries going unreported
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.
Do the recent needle prick incidents have you worried for your safety or that of your family?
Victoria recently saw three people pricked by hypodermic needles in the span of a week.  One of those incidents was found to be a case of someone injecting themselves for medical purposes, one saw a woman pricked while brushing a paper bag containing a needle out of her dog’s mouth. In the third case, a woman was pricked by a needle placed sharp-side up in a planter, then found another needle in a similar spot a week later, likely put there by someone with malicious intent.
Proper Needlestick Hand Protection Amidst the Opioid Crisis
With the proliferation of opioid use in the United States, first responders need access to personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of needlesticks.
Needlestick prevention during the opioid epidemic
Tips and resources to help prevent first responder needlesticks during medical calls and at emergency scenes.
Proper Sharps Management in Senior Living Helps Reduce Risk for Needle Stick Injuries
Many residents come into a senior living facility without a proper understanding of sharps management, increasing the risk for staff injury.
Solicitor of Labor’s Office Is Committed to Improving Workplace Safety
When it comes to workplace safety, the goals of employers and workers are not mutually exclusive, said the Department of Labor's Susan Harthill at the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Law Midwinter Meeting.
SWANA, EREF team up for needlestick survey
SWANA and EREF signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on these types of projects last fall and this is one of the first to come out of it. This latest project presents a good opportunity for applying the two organizations' expertise on safety and research to a topic that is often discussed more anecdotally. The presence of any needles in the recycling stream is a cause for concern, but not every incident results in a worker being injured and it will be helpful to document more accurate numbers. With this information, and a better understanding of how existing regulations such as the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act apply to the industry, new polices on personal protective equipment or safe material handling can be dispersed to the workers who need it. Recent reports have shown that needles are an issue for industry workers from Maine to Pennsylvania to Arkansas and likely many other states.
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.
The FDA May Soon Regulate At-Home Microneedling on Skin
By now, you've probably heard of microneedling — a process in which a specialized device is used to create microscopic holes in the skin — and its potential skin-smoothing, scar-reducing, and pigment-fading benefits. And while the treatment has become a highly popular request at the dermatologist's office, many are seeking ways to perform the treatment in the comfort of their own homes, too. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration might soon be stepping in. The agency recently announced it wants to begin regulating the use of at-home microneedling devices due to perceived risks — here's what you need to know.
The Medical Environment Is Hostile and Dangerous
Today we take a look at all of the measures the medical environment takes to protect their staff and everyone else they care for. We don’t think of hospitals as being particularly dangerous or hostile. Research labs are also considered fairly mild-mannered. However, we forget how much safety gear and protocol is in place to protect the scientists, staff, and patients alike. Scientists, technicians, nurses, patients, and other supporting staff are all exposed to situations in which they can be severely harmed or contract a dangerous disease.
'I thought he'd want a divorce when he knew': living with HIV in Ivory Coast
How both sides in Ukraine’s war are losing the HIV battle
Frederick National Laboratory researchers identify why some patients fight HIV better than others
‘Avoid condoms’ because they don’t feel good, says leader of country with HIV problem
Breaking through the HIV vaccine ‘logjam’: UC Santa Cruz lab reports improvements that could prove game-changing
How clever biochemistry is tackling HIV
Teenager Mercy Ngulube with HIV fighting for change
Quack arrested for infecting over 75 with HIV
Unnao Police have arrested the quack allegedly responsible for infecting over 75 people with the HIV virus by using a single syringe on them. After detection of 29 more HIV positive cases, which included six children, the state government directed Anti-Retrovial Test (ART) Centre, Kanpur, to begin treatment of the infected villagers.
The Worst Outbreaks in U.S. History
An epidemic is when an infectious disease spreads within a community or area. Learn about the biggest outbreaks in United States history and how we’ve overcome them. 
Screening All Adults for Hepatitis C is Most Cost-Effective Way to ID Those Infected
Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death; restaurant worker sick
Initiative launched to lower Indiana's hepatitis C infection rate
ACLU sues over hepatitis C drug denials by Kansas Medicaid program
Hepatitis A confirmed in Novi Red Lobster employee
Health Dept. Warns of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at AR Taco Bell
West Nile, Powassan viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, study finds
West Nile survivor warns of extra flu danger
Doctors Warn: West Nile Virus Endemic to Israel May Cause Zika-like Birth Defects
West Nile virus has killed 8 Californians this year. In parts of L.A. County, the risk is especially high
West Nile virus death reported in Philadelphia
Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor
West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S.
West Nile Virus: Know the Signs and Symptoms
West Nile Virus: The Stranger That Came To Stay
Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Used To Detect Infections Such As Dengue, Zika Virus, HPV
Researchers use CRISPR to detect HPV and Zika
Why does CMV get so much less news coverage than Zika — despite causing far more birth defects?
Mosquitoes Battling Zika Released In South Miami Neighborhood
Study: Children With 'Normal' Heads May Have Zika Brain Damage
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. Safety scalpels are a commonsense solution to limiting the risk of cuts, but surgeons with deep-seated concerns about how the devices feel and work are often the ones who need convincing. Flipping surgeons who push back against the use of safety-engineered blades in their ORs demands a bit of soft selling, some compelling data and plenty of persistence. Here are some strategies worth trying.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will address safe injection practices for nurses at a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 22. The hourlong event will begin at 1 p.m. ET.
“Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Exploring Best Practices in Injection Safety” will cover methods to prevent transmission of infectious diseases 
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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


 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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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.
Investors ranging from Google's parent company to pharma giants Novartis and AstraZeneca have shown interest in Rani Therapeutics, which is developing an ingestible drug-delivery pill.
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Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Twp., has introduced legislation that aims to protect health care workers from the medications they handle.
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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.

Why Using The Safety Syringe?  Needlestick Injuries Are a Serious Occupational Hazard for Healthcare Workers. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), estimated 600,000 to 800,000 occupational needlesticks occur each year in healthcare workers
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Needle phobia, also called belonephobia, aichmophobia, or trypanophobia, can come in different levels of intensity, and it’s only a matter of time until...
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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.
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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