Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 18, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Press Invitation: Try out Suturing (Medical Stitching) using a Zeus Medical Robot at Sutrue's Automated Suturing ...
ETSU partnering with health groups for syringe exchange program
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Announces Results as of March 31, 2018; Operating Loss Declined by 86.4%
Police officer sent to hospital after needle stick injury
B. Braun Brings Its Commitment to The Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs to ONS 2018
Nurses' safety is crucial to ensure quality patient care, say experts
Syringes left in garden at Kwinana train station for more than a week
How do you get rid of used needles in the Lehigh Valley?
Pfizer Selects Needle-Trap Labels for Biosimilar
Innovative Guard Helps Prevent Needlestick Injuries
Nurses’ safety is crucial to ensure quality patient care : Experts
With the theme of this year’s International Nurses Day being ‘Health is a Human Right’, industry experts have come together to highlight the importance of nurses’ safety in healthcare.
Mumbai, May 12, 2018 : With the theme of this year’s International Nurses Day being ‘Health is a Human Right’, industry experts have come together to highlight the importance of nurses’ safety in healthcare.They argue that nurses act as the foundation in any healthcare setting and are critical to the delivery of quality care and improved patient outcomes. This means that the health and safety of nurses are directly related to the health of the patients. 
To encourage the need for creating a safety environment for nurses, Becton Dickinson India (BD), a global medical technology company leading in patient and healthcare worker safety, is driving a nation-wide campaign on International Nurses Day, to enhance awareness regarding healthcare workers safety. The campaign is being driven in 60 hospitals across the country and is engaging around 5000 healthcare professionals. The organisation is also felicitating 400 nursing heads, to acknowledge their contribution and efforts. 
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.
Meet the 25-Year-Olds Who Are Bringing HIV Screening to More DC Neighborhoods
Here's what Prince Harry learned from Diana about power of compassion, stigma of HIV
HIV Vaccines: An Introductory Factsheet
HIV hairdresser's victim denied compensation over austerity protest
Court overturns conviction of HIV-positive man who didn't disclose status
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in Halifax has overturned the conviction of an HIV-positive man who failed to disclose his condition to sexual partners.
Claude Allan Thompson was convicted of two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm for having unprotected sex with two women in December 2011. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and his name was put in the National Sex Offender Registry.
But Thompson appealed his conviction and in the course of preparing for the appeal, the Crown acknowledged that the trial judge made a mistake in convicting him.
East Africa aims to eliminate HIV/Aids, preventable Maternal and Child Deaths by 2030
The Chairperson of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health and Minister of State Health in the Republic of Uganda Sarah Opendi has said that the region is committed to eliminate HIV/AIDs and preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. Opendi urged stakeholders to work diligently to build consensus in the health sector in order to build the health of the EAC population. Opendi was speaking during the official opening of the 1st EAC Roundtable on investing in Health Infrastructure, systems, services and research for the accelerated attainment of Universal Health coverage and sustainable development at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, in Kampala, Uganda
HIV in Russia Is on the Rise as Experts Claim It Has the Highest Rate of Cases in 2017
In Russia, incidents of HIV are growing faster than anywhere else — making HIV in Russia a real threat to the entire population. While UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) data say Russia is behind South Africa and Nigeria, PEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) experts have concluded that Russia has the highest rate of HIV cases in 2017.
According to Dr. Vadim Pokrovsky, Head of the Federal Scientific and Methodological Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS in Russia, there are about 100,000 new HIV cases per year. And despite available treatments like PrEP, the number of people dying from AIDS is on the rise. In 2014, 12,000 people died; in 2015, 15,000 and 18,500 in 2016.
1,131 Pregnant Women Test Positive To HIV In Lagos
The Lagos state commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has disclosed that no fewer than 1,131 pregnant women have tested positive to the dreaded and incurable HIV disease.
Speaking at a ministerial news conference in Alausa, Lagos state, Idris disclosed that in the last one year, 38,791 pregnant women were tested for HIV, out of which 1,131 of them tested positive.
He said the test was carried out from the money received from Global Fund to tackle HIV issues in the state.  
“This first phase of the grant was described as the pilot phase and it was agreed that the success of Lagos State in this phase would be a benchmark for which the Global Fund would be in a position to implement in other states in the country for implementation and indeed other sub-national entities world-wide for program implementation.”
Marion County declaring public health emergency due to hepatitis C outbreak, will seek needle exchange program
6th Food Worker With Hepatitis A In Kentucky County
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C in Women?
Hepatitis C in Men: Symptoms, Treatments, and More
Report on county's hepatitis A response ignores crucial question
State will audit San Diego's hepatitis A outbreak response
New developments in case of nurse who allegedly exposed patients to hepatitis C
Officials show off new technology used to fight mosquitoes with Zika, West Nile
Health Officials Warn Against West Nile, Zika in San Antonio
PEOPLE Health Squad: Dr. Travis Stork on How to Protect Yourself from Zika, West Nile and Lyme Disease
Mosquito season starting, so defend yourself against West Nile Virus
Yukon woman hospitalized by West Nile urges others to protect themselves
Oklahoma Woman Survives West Nile Virus
Health Department Kicks Off Annual West Nile Virus Awareness Campaign
West Nile more dangerous than ever because of complacency
Lab-confirmed prenatal exposure to Zika is linked to cardiac defects in infants
Officials show off new technology used to fight mosquitoes with Zika, West Nile
Inside Brazil’s struggle to treat thousands of kids born with a Zika-linked syndrome
Workers taking action on Zika
The Red Cross Wants to Stop Universally Screening Blood Donations for Zika
Dengue 'hot spots' provide map to chikungunya and Zika outbreaks
Talking Zika: As mosquito season nears, health officials gather to share resources
Testing for Zika virus in blood donors finds few infections — at a cost of about $5.3 million each
Study finds little bang for the buck in Zika blood testing
Rise in Ebola cases feared as outbreak in Congo spreads
The deadly virus was detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of a million people, the health minister revealed last night.
Ebola latest: WHO poised to declare outbreak 'international emergency'
WHO has called for a crunch meeting tomorrow as bosses consider declaring the latest Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern".
Arkansas has some dumb laws. I know we've all probably laughed at the lists that include old-fashioned city ordinances like "no flirting on the street" or "no walking a cow in town on Sunday," but I'm talking about rea
lly dumb laws that are actually enforced, such as jailing people for keeping overdue library books too long (Arkansas Code Annotated § 13-2-803); charging folk
s with a crime for keeping certain prescribed medications in one of those days-of-the-week pill boxes or loose in a purse or pocket (Arkansas Code Annotated § 20-64-3
11); and the ridiculous way we criminalize addicts who try to mitigate the health risks to themselves and others by carrying their own needles.
While I could go on and on about these laws and the fact that I've actually known multiple people charged with each of the listed offenses, for this space I'll stick to the needle law.
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If you’ve been with your current medical waste disposal company for years and are overwhelmed by the idea of switching providers despite constant price increases and unexpected service charges, MedPro is here to help. More than 20,000 healthcare practices have made the switch to MedPro to take advantage of our low-cost alternative solution for biohazard waste disposal, HIPAA-compliant data and document destruction, OSHA compliance training, and environmentally-safe pharmaceutical waste disposal services. We make it simple to get started and even easier to switch by providing a team of waste and compliance consultants to guide you through the process of discovering the solutions that best fit your practice. From the moment you receive a cost-savings analysis to your first scheduled pickup, and as your practice continues to grow, we remain committed to investing in our relationship.
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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a Washington hospital where a nurse allegedly exposed thousands of patients to hepatitis C.
The lawsuit, which is the second filed against MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital over an outbreak of hepatitis C, accuses the hospital and its parent company, MultiCare Health System, of a breach of care duties to the 2,600 people that were affected, per the News Tribune. (A former patient filed a lawsuit against the group last week.)
The lawsuits center around allegations that Cora Weberg, an emergency room nurse at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, exposed patients to hepatitis C by stealing drugs and using her own needle to give patients their medication. Weberg administered hydromorphone and fentanyl to two patients in the ER in December, and both later returned to the ER with symptoms of hepatitis C, according to the Washington State Department of Health. They tested positive for the disease.
Blood from the patients underwent genetic testing, and officials found that the hepatitis C in their blood was from a common source, the Washington State Department of Health says. 
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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


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.
A police officer had to be sent to hospital after getting pricked by a needle as he attempted to detain a 44-year-old man last night.
He was trying to help detain the male, who was being arrested so he could be recalled to prison, when he was pricked by the needle - the man then stated he has hepatitis C.
Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of the Stoke-on-Trent North policing team says it is a worrying time for the officer as colleagues fear he could need three months of anti-viral medication.
While the officer was taken to hospital there is no further update on if he received any injuries from the needle.
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When Stephanie Mather walks through the foot subway underneath the train tracks, connecting Lanark Street to Robinson Avenue on Smiths Falls' east side, she's found numerous used needles littered on the ground.   The tunnel, known as the foot subway, is used by pedestrians as a quick way to get downtown. It's also a secluded place, away from view, where people use drugs.  It's apparent that some intravenous drug users...
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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.

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