Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 11, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Woman who feared she had contracted Aids 'not a credible witness'
Charleston mayor wants new needle exchange bill
How do you get rid of used needles in the Lehigh Valley?
Needle Clean-Up Kit, disposal program expands
A nurse's story: giving so much and learning to love strangers
Occupational health services can benefit organisations and booster economy says report
Hong Kong environmentalist pricked by syringe on beach clean-up says waste was dumped deliberately
ShortStop® Temporary Sharps Holder
Our ShortStop temporary sharps holder has a new access point which is aimed at reducing accidental sharps injuries.
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.
GoFundMe launched for Victoria father who contracted HIV after being pricked by a needle
Fifteen years ago, Victoria local and professional landscaper Michael Smith was working on a building in the downtown core when he was accidentally pricked by a carelessly discarded needle.
 
This happened in the spring of 2003 after which he became ill. By fall, he was officially diagnosed with HIV, leading to over a decade of physical health complications and the draining mental health issues that came with it.  Then, in 2013, Mike and his family were hit with the news that one of his three HIV anti-viral drugs – Truvada – had started to cause his kidneys to fail. Despite trying everything in his power to save them, Mike was told that he would soon need a kidney transplant and dialysis in the meantime.
 
HIV
Where are HIV diagnoses made?
This Virus That’s Known as HIV’s Cousin Is Spreading, and You Need to Know Your Risk
An emotional call to eradicate ancient cousin of HIV
Patients sue Gilead, saying drug company intentionally delayed safer HIV medicine
Charlie Sheen claims ex-girlfriend knew he had HIV, says she's stalking him
HEPATITIS
Two restaurant employees diagnosed with hepatitis A
Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde probably had rampant Hepatitis B
The blood transfusion that saved my life gave me hepatitis C
In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B
Nurse linked to hepatitis C scare loses state license
Nurse accused of using her own drug needles on patients — and exposing them to hepatitis C
Royal College of Nursing Needlestick injuries report
The Royal College of Nursing published a needlestick report which states that in the UK a small but significant number of health care workers have developed potentially life threatening diseases.  The report published in Jan 2009 states that in the  late 1990’s 11 health staff have contracted hepatitis...
Hep A outbreak amid water shutoffs in Detroit
The ongoing fight to stop mass water shutoffs has stepped up with a series of “Solidarity Saturdays” protests at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building.Over 100,000 homes have had wate…...
Needle Stick Resistant Police Officer Search Patrol Safety Gloves
Video on needlestick resisitant safety gloves
WEST NILE
Tips on protecting yourself from the West Nile virus
Health Officials Warn Against West Nile, Zika in San Antonio
Yukon woman hospitalized by West Nile urges others to protect themselves
Oklahoma Woman Survives West Nile Virus
'One Man Can Change The World’ | TX Boy's Death Sparks Fight Against West Nile Virus
Experts warn of potentially higher West Nile virus cases this year
ZIKA VIRUS
Dengue 'hot spots' provide map to chikungunya and Zika outbreaks
Officials looking to combat Zika virus
EDITORIAL: Fighting Zika as a Valley region
Testing for Zika virus in blood donors finds few infections — at a cost of about $5.3 million each
Risk of Zika Infection From Blood Transfusion Is Low, New Study Says
New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo
"Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths" have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May 3. It is the DRC's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deady viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire
WHO preparing for the worst in DR Congo Ebola outbreak
The World Health Organization said Friday it was preparing for "the worst case scenario" in a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst case scenario," the WHO's head of emergency response Peter Salama told reporters in Geneva. The WHO has tallied 32 suspected or confirmed cases in the northwestern area of Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumbathe near the border with the Republic of Congo, including 18 deaths, between April 4 and May 9.The cases include three healthcare workers, including one who has died, Salama said. The outbreak, declared by the DRC health ministry on Tuesday, is the DRC's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deady viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.  Salama said the affected region of the vast strife-torn central African country is very remote and hard to reach, with a dire lack of functioning infrastructure.
 
The response "is going to be extremely challenging, and very costly," he said.
 
The WHO is also awaiting a green light from DRC authorities to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine, he said.
 
As for the risk, Salama said WHO was especially concerned about the near-term spread of the disease, including to Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur province, which has around one million inhabitants and is only a few hours away from Bikoro.
 
"If we see a town of that size infected with Ebola, then we are going to have a major urban outbreak," he warned.
 
In addition, he said that the surrounding nine countries had been put on "high alert". The WHO was especially concerned about the possible spread to neighbouring Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, which has connections to the affected area through the river systems.
 
He stressed however that the possibility of international spread of the disease was still considered "low", but said the situation was constantly being evaluated.
 
"Access is extremely difficult... It is basically 15 hours by motorbike from the closest town," he said. WHO already has a team on the ground and is preparing to send up to 40 more specialists in epidemiology, logistics, contact tracing and other areas to the region in the coming week or so.  Salama also said the UN health organisation hoped to have a mobile lab up and running on site this weekend.  At the same time, WHO and the World Food Programme are working to set up an "air-bridge" to help bring in the supplies needed, he said, adding though that only helicopters could be used until an airfield could be cleared to allow larger planes to land.
IN THE NEWS
HOSPITALS SUE BD, DISTRIBUTORS, GPOS OVER ALLEGED SAFETY SYRINGE MONOPOLY
A group of healthcare providers levied a purported class action against BD, its distributors and group purchasing organizations accusing them of running a monopoly on the U.S. safety syringe market.
 
The lawsuit, brought in the U.S. District Court for Southern Illinois, was filed on behalf of “healthcare providers nationwide” by a group of providers “who have purchased conventional and safety syringes and safety IV catheters directly from the conspiracy and paid above-competitive prices caused by the conspiracy.”
 
The suit names BD, Premier Inc. (NSDQ:PINC), Vizient, Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), Owens & Minor (NYSE:OMI), Henry Schein (NSDQ:HSIC) and “other unknown Becton distributors” as defendants.
 
“Becton, a manufacturer of devices and supplies, has abused its extraordinary market power to require the use of oppressive, anti-competitive contracts that effectively force above-competitive prices on the market,” the suit alleged. “Defendants have exploited that network of contracts to enter into a vertical conspiracy to restrain trade in the nationwide markets for conventional and safety syringes and safety IV catheters. Using those contracts, Becton has unlawfully conspired with GPOs and distributors to force healthcare providers into long-term exclusionary contracts that restrain trade and inflate the prices of certain Becton products to above-competitive levels.”
 
Providers are forced to buy BD safety products “or else face substantial economic punishment” due to the defendants’ “tremendous market power,” the suit alleged.
 
“Defendants have profited greatly from the above-competitive pricing that they have charged for the relevant Becton products,” according to the complaint, filed by Marion Diagnostic Center, Marion HealthCare and Andron Medical Assoc.
 
“Through their conspiracy, defendants have suppressed competition by preventing Becton’s rivals from obtaining sufficient market shares to bid Becton’s prices down to economically efficient, competitive levels. The conspiracy has also suppressed conventional and safety syringe innovation and safety, placing patients and healthcare workers at needless risk of serious infectious diseases spread by needlesticks and blood-borne pathogens,” the plaintiffs alleged.
 
The lawsuit seeks a judgment that the defendants violated the Sherman Act, meaning the potential for triple damages, an injunction barring further conspiracy, pre-d and post-judgment interest and legal costs.
 
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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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

 

 
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.
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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