Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 23, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
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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.
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.
Protection against needlestick injuries at Pharmapack
The Gx InnoSafe offers a syringe with an integrated passive safety system that avoids inadvertent needlestick injuries, prevents repeated use, and is designed with pharmaceutical companies’ production processes in mind as well as being optimised for simple and intuitive use by medical specialists.
“For healthcare workers, handling used hypodermic needles is part of their day-to-day job. In some cases, this leads to serious diseases being transmitted. It is estimated that around one million needlestick injuries occur in Europe every year,” explains Maximilian Vogl, product manager Injection Devices.
Why Unsafe Injection Practices Need to be Urgently Addressed
Last month, 21 people in UP’s Unnao district contracted HIV after they were administered injections using a single syringe, all in the name of cheaper treatment. This, however, is not an isolated incident and is unlikely to be the last if we don’t change how we do things.  For quite a few years now, there have been horrifying incidents of people dying or being infected with reused injections.
Students stabbed with needle in primary school attack
AT LEAST 15 primary school students were stabbed with a needle by a classmate at a Toowoomba school on Tuesday.    A concerned Rangeville State School parent who contacted The Chronicle said the stabbings were a deliberate attack, not an accident.  
She said her child was injured in the attack, which prompted principal Ben Kidd to send a letter to all of the school's families. 
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.
Lawmaker: Lack of regulation for Arizona tattoo industry is ‘shocking’
Dozens of states in the U.S. regulate the tattoo industry. They often require the businesses to have licenses and the customers to remain sober. Arizona is one of the few states that has minimal restrictions.   The state requires tattoo artists to use sterilized needles and prohibits minors from getting tattoos without an adult’s consent. But the state doesn't regulate the industry, which means tattoo and body-piercing parlors don’t get inspected and employees aren’t required to undergo training.
Surrey woman, 63, pricked by used needle - Mary Hauser says it happened while cleaning a parenting room at a Surrey mall
Last week, 63-year-old Mary Hauser was dreaming of retirement. Today, she’s wondering if she’ll be alive to enjoy it. Longtime Surrey resident Mary Hauser told the Now-Leader she was pricked by a used needle while cleaning a parenting room at Central City Shopping Centre last Saturday.  “There was a few pieces of paper towel on top of this garbage bin in the parenting room,” said Hauser, who works for a janitorial company contracted to provide cleaning services for the mall. “I reached over to grab the paper towels on top. All of the sudden, oh no. It happened to me. Oh no. I just lost it. There was a needle. It had punctured me through my skin and there was a little bit of blood. I just stood there in a little bit of disbelief.
“My mind went to worse case scenario. I was shocked, I was angry,” Hauser added. “I thought, ‘Oh God, help me. I don’t want my life to end this way.’  “I thought, like everybody else does, that it would never, never happen to me. I’m smart…. but this needle, this syringe, was mixed in with paper towels and it was first thing in the morning and it was in the family room where parents go to change their children.”
New or Unmanaged HIV is a Symptom of Poor Mental Health
Yasmien Kurdi on ‘alarming’ increase of HIV cases in PH
Arik Hartmann: Why Is There Still Lingering Shame And Prejudice Around HIV?
Modifications in HIV test enable rapid detection of Zika virus, study states
HIV diagnosis pushes advocate to raise awareness
Advocates: Transmission laws hinder HIV/AIDS prevention efforts
Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives
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. 
Woman tells High Court she was left afraid of having AIDS after going to hospital for pain injection
A woman who went in to hospital for a pain injection has claimed before the High Court she was left afraid she may have AIDS.
Kathryn Singleton said at the time, 2003, AIDS was a death sentence and she felt ashamed and could not talk to anybody about it.
She has claimed that as she was taken from theatre after undergoing a procedure under anaesthetic at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin, a blood test was taken.
At issue in the case is the consent given by Ms. Singleton for the blood sample which was to check for Hepatitis and HIV after a doctor during the procedure had been pricked with a bloodied needle
Hepatitis E virus found in Scottish shellfish
It's criminal what Illinois is doing to Medicaid patients with hepatitis C
Aspire wants comprehensive program to fight spread of hepatitis C, HIV
Report explores the global hepatitis vaccine market
Kentucky links Hepatitis A outbreak cases to others in California and Utah
'Couldn’t move anything': Manitoba reeve learning to walk again after being in a coma, paralyzed by West Nile virus
Livingston Parish wants public's input on mosquito abatement program
West Nile, Powassan viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, study finds
West Nile virus has killed 8 Californians this year. In parts of L.A. County, the risk is especially high
New saliva test can quickly detect Zika virus, researchers say
80% of Zika-infected Koreans visited Southeast Asia
Threat of Zika looms as mosquitoes prepare to make a comeback
Other viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, study finds
Safety doesn’t just happen—it has to be created by an organization and starts from the top down. One report discussed the global oil company BP’s oil refinery safety program. In 2005, the Texas City refinery explosion killed 15 people and injured more than 100 others. The analyses question how the British company would change the lack of safety culture at all five   of its U.S. refineries. “Culture is forever,” said former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton of Washington, one of the 11 members of the panel led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. “To change hearts and minds and ... the attitudes individuals have toward their jobs is a difficult and a human task, and it’s never complete.” 
Another disaster report discussed the January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that occurred over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Central Florida at 11:39 a.m. EST. Seventy-three seconds into its flight the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated after an O-ring seal on its right solid rocket booster failed. When the O-ring failed it allowed flames to leak from the solid rocket booster which shot out and caused structural failure of the external tank. A few seconds later the orbiter was destroyed along with all seven crew members.
Other major accidents that could have been avoided include the disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. The immediate causes of these accidents were initially identified as human error or technical failure. Further investigations revealed there were issues beyond the immediate causes. These issues relate to wider considerations of the organization as      a whole. One investigation report of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant  mishap  stated:  “...  their  belief  in  safety  was  a mirage, their systems inadequate, and operator errors commonplace ... From the top to the bottom, the body corporate was infected with the disease of sloppiness.”
Is our belief in healthcare worker safety in our institutions a mirage? The  definition  of  safety  culture  suggested  by  the Health and Safety Commission in the United Kingdom is: “The safety culture of an organisation is the product of the individual and group values, attitudes, competencies and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organisation’s health and safety programmes. Organisations with a positive safety culture are characterised by communications founded on mutual trust,by shared perceptions of the importance of safety, and by confidence in the efficacy of preventative measures.”
What are the patterns of behavior at your facility? Does your institution support  a  safety  culture  or  suppress  it?  The death of the seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, was the result of leaders who failed to foster a culture in which discussions about potential risks could take place without any threats of reprimand. Is your institution creating an atmosphere that allows nurses, physicians, operating room technicians, custodians and others to make you aware of safety risks without risking their jobs?
More on this topic next week.
  • 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


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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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.

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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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.
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.
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