Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 4, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
A nurse's story: giving so much and learning to love strangers
How do you get rid of used needles in the Lehigh Valley?
Needle Clean-Up Kit, disposal program expands
Tradeshow Talks with Safe-T
Snohomish Health District expands free needle clean-up kit program, adds disposal sites
Innovative Guard Helps Prevent Needlestick Injuries
Hong Kong environmentalist pricked by syringe on beach clean-up says waste was dumped deliberately
Innovative Guard Helps Prevent Needlestick Injuries
The NxStage Medical (Lawrence, MA, USA) MasterGuard Plus needles are designed with a patented FingerShield anchor that provides a barrier between the pressure-holding fingers and the sharp tip of the needle. During needle retraction, flexible wings with interlocking grips are drawn backwards into the jaw; the small jaw and rigid base of the MasterGuard plus align the needle into the center of the guard. Once the needle is fully retracted, an audible click is heard, signifying that the needle is locked in a steep rear angle that prevents accessibility.
Protection against needlestick injuries at Pharmapack
Gerresheimer will present an integrated and passive safety system for avoiding needlestick injuries at this year’s Pharmapack event in Paris. 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.
Kamloops father being stonewalled by Interior Health after son pricked by needle
It's been two weeks since Landon Arlitt was pricked by a needle on the North Shore. The 12 year old was simply trying to help in an effort to clean up the community.  
 
Since the frightening incident, his dad Jeff, who is also an outreach worker for the social agency New Life Community Kamloops, has started a petition, advocating for vanish point needles. 
 
"The vanish point needles, once you've used them the needle itself retracts inside so the addict can't use the needle more than once on themselves and they can't share it once they've used it," he said. "Then of course, when they discard the needle on the ground there's no point, so you can't get poked by the needle."
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.
Colour-coded syringe labels: a modification to enhance patient safety
Medication errors during anaesthesia are being reported in the literature from time to time. Misidentification of a drug because of look alike/sound alike drugs, syringe swap, confusing, inaccurate, or incomplete drug labels have been found responsible for these errors on many occasions.  Up to 86–94% anaesthesiologists have agreed for the need of standardized drug labels to decrease the incidence of medication errors.
Tradeshow Talks with Safe-T
The collection tube is surrounded by a barrel. You insert the collection tube into the barrel containing the needle, preventing any possibility of a needlestick injury.
 
When you push the needle into the collection tube, the patient feels nothing at all. Then, when you are finished, you simply push the plunger down until the needle clicks and withdraws into the barrel. It can then be disposed of without anybody having to handle the needle.
A nurse’s story: giving so much and learning to love strangers
Christie Watson’s insight into humanity – the suffering, compassion, hope and tenderness
 
As a student nurse, Christie Watson was asked to give blood during an occupational health screening, in case of a needle-stick injury. After the phlebotomist tied a tourniquet around her arm, Christie soon found herself lying on the floor, with her legs up on the chair.
 
“You fainted dear,” said the phlebotomist. “Happens. Thought you might want to rethink your career.”
HIV
Africa: That Clean Shave Haircut Could Get You Infected With HIV - Research
Study: 40% of people diagnosed with HIV do not disclose their status in rural Mozambique
HIV Down, But Geographically Concentrated: Rates In Indiana
Study challenges 'shock and kill' approach to eliminating HIV
Despicable! Nigeria: We Sold Our Baby Because She Is HIV Positive
A couple, Mr. & Mrs. Nkemakolam Ugorji, that sold their two-month-old baby girl for N300,000 in Abia State are claiming they did so because she was HIV positive.
HEPATITIS
Some hepatitis A vaccine distributors stretched thin as outbreak continues
There are 5 types of hepatitis — do you know the difference?
ER Nurse Could Have Exposed Thousands of Patients to Hepatitis C Infection, Officials Warn
Hepatitis A case occurs in Lexington elementary 'classroom,' but little revealed about patient
The Kentucky Derby May Finally Make People Care About Hepatitis A
As opioid crisis grows, babies and moms with hepatitis C fly under the radar
Kentucky, Indiana latest states to report hepatitis A outbreaks
A Washington Nurse May Have Exposed Thousands of Patients to Hepatitis C
Hospital warns 2,600 ER patients to test for Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C - Why every kidney patient should be tested
There is a connection between hepatitis C and kidney disease. hepatitis C can cause kidney disease, and sometimes kidney patients can get hepatitis C ...
 
High Prevalence of Abandoned Needlesticks from Injecting Drug Users
In 2015, Milton Keynes (MK) Council waste management team shows an increase in the numbers of abandoned used needles being found across MK. MK is an area of high Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevalence and high Hepatitis C (HCV) in People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), the overriding concern was for the safety of the public.
Hepatitis C scare involving 2,600 patients
A nurse is under investigation for stealing medicine, and she may have infected two patients with hepatitis C. The 2,600 other patients who recently visited ...
Human Papillomavirus
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. Learn how you can protect the children in your life from this cancer-causing virus.
WEST NILE
What You Should Know About the Rise of Insect-Spread Diseases
Potential For West Nile Virus High In Gloucester County
Potential For West Nile Virus Surges In Bergen County
West Nile more dangerous than ever because of complacency
West Nile virus re-emerges in Greece
Lyme disease, West Nile and Zika more than triple since 2004
CDC: U.S. not fully prepared for spread of West Nile, Lyme diseases
ZIKA VIRUS
Lyme disease, West Nile and Zika more than triple since 2004
Is there a link between the Zika virus and toxoplasmosis?
A CRISPR-based Home Test for Zika
Zika, Lyme drive big increase in bug-borne disease in U.S.
Marmosets as the canary in the coal mine for Zika
What is the Zika virus? What you need to know
IN THE NEWS
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. The following article is an excerpt from HCPro's book Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA In the senior living environment, many of the residents come in with their own ways of handling their needles and syringes. It is not uncommon to find medical waste sharps in empty tin coffee cans, used needles placed in large baggies, and used needles and syringes stored in laundry detergent containers. Many times, residents do not come into the facility with a proper disposal system.
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DOCUMENT ANNUAL SAFER SHARPS EVALUATION
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infections material as defined in the standard. Employers that have covered employees are required to develop and implement an Exposure Control Plan to minimize employee exposure. One of the elements that must be included in the Exposure Control Plan is to document annual consideration and implementation of safer medical devices. If you have employees working with human source material and sharps, be sure to solicit input from the end users on a regular basis to determine if they are aware of any safer sharps options that would reduce their potential for an incident resulting in exposure. Documentation on an annual basis can be accomplished via different avenues, and it is a good idea to alter your request for input on an annual basis. A couple avenues include having end users complete a safer sharps survey or documented solicitation for input during annual training sessions. Be sure to meet all of the criteria for developing and implementing an Exposure Control Plan, including documenting annual evaluation of safer sharps.
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
  • 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

 

FORMER CHIEF NURSING OFFICER ALLEGES FIRING RETALIATION FOR REPORTING SAFETY CONCERNS
Former hospital administrator and chief nursing officer alleges that she was terminated in retaliation for reporting substandard medical care at Sparrow Carson Hospital in Carson City, Mich., — including a tubal ligation patient who lost 400cc of blood and a patient with appendicitis who was kept waiting 8 hours while staff searched in vain for a physician to treat him.
 
According to her wrongful termination lawsuit, Barbara McQuillan, BSN, RN, says she was fired after raising a series of safety concerns with her superiors and with the state.
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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
 
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.
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. The following article is an excerpt from HCPro's book Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA In the senior living environment, many of the residents come in with their own ways of handling their needles and syringes. It is not uncommon to find medical waste sharps in empty tin coffee cans, used needles placed in large baggies, and used needles and syringes stored in laundry detergent containers. Many times, residents do not come into the facility with a proper disposal system.
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FIFTH OF SCOTS BELIEVE HIV IS SPREAD BY KISSING, ACCORDING TO SURVEY
Myths surrounding the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) persist in Scotland, fuelling stigma against those who carry it, a leading charity has warned. Research from the Scottish Health Council’s Citizen’s Panel survey has revealed that 21 per cent of people continue to believe that HIV can be passed on from kissing.  The results, commissioned by HIV Scotland, also show five per cent believe it can be passed on through sharing a glass, cup or cutlery.
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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.

 
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