|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||May 25, 2018|
|Needlestick Injury – Is it just a prick?|
|Over 160 attend WCM-Q talk on containment of infectious diseases|
|Mind and Body: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month|
|Drugs and medical waste still wash up on Hong Kong beaches – posing toxic danger|
|Police officer sent to hospital after needle stick injury|
|B. Braun Brings Its Commitment to The Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs to ONS 2018|
Sharps Safety Protocols & How You Can Prevent Sharps Injury
Sharps related injuries are unfortunately still too common. Prevention and training are key factors to mitigating risk of hepatitis.
Fears over community safety after children see filled syringe dropped on street
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Needlestick injuries: Education is key - Bovine Veterinarian
Large-animal veterinarians, and the farm and ranch crews they train, face inherently dangerous working conditions. One of those dangers, with potentially serious or even fatal results, is injury from needles while injecting medications.
Recently, University of Minnesota veterinarian Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, ACVPM, conducted a webinar on needlestick injuries on behalf of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center. Health problems associated with these injuries can include infectious diseases due to exposure to manure, blood or other contaminants, but the webinar focused primarily on the dangers of human exposure to drugs or drug components intended for animals. Injectable animal-health products, including vaccines, antibiotics, analgesics and anesthetics are thoroughly tested for safety in the target animal, but rarely are tested for human safety.
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.
Winston-Salem doctor's license suspended after allegations of reusing needles, products
The N.C. Medical Board has suspended the license of Dr. Anne Litton White of Winston-Salem, alleging that she reused syringes and dermatology products on multiple patients. The board’s formal charges also allege that White kept in an office closet baggies of human fat that had been drawn during liposuction procedures. White, the top executive with Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center, received a summary suspension of license effective at 5 p.m. Monday. The board posted the notice on its website Tuesday.
The medical board said a summary suspension means that White, and anyone that White supervises, cannot lawfully practice medicine. A summary suspension stands until the board replaces it with another action, so it is considered as indefinite. A Feb. 15 hearing had been set before the board agreed to continue the hearing until 8 a.m. June 21 at its Raleigh offices.
However, new information that was supplied by six former employees in recent months compelled the board to take action now. A 13-page ruling signed by board president Dr. Timothy Lietz alleges that White’s actions have been found to “constitute immoral and dishonorable conduct” ... and “unprofessional conduct” under state law. “For the foregoing reasons, the N.C. Medical Board finds that the public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action,” according to the charges. White’s attorney, Dan Blue Jr. of Raleigh, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday. White will have the opportunity to respond to the charges at the June 21 hearing.
...Among the accusations were that White did not allow staff to dispose of syringes and unused botulinum toxin or filler product. Rather, the medical board alleges, White had the unused portions put into baggies and stored in her office. Some of that product was later injected into another patient, according to at least four former employees. One employee, identified as A, was listed as having resigned in January 2018. The employee found that 97 dosage units of hydrocodone were missing from the practice’s inventory...
Needlesticks: Avoiding the Hazard
During her second day on the job, the newly minted RN was tending to a febrile patient in the ICU and preparing to give him a shot of insulin. Because the patient was thin, she pinched a fold of flesh on his abdomen between her thumb and forefinger, as she’d been trained to do—but when she inserted the syringe it poked right through the patient into her own finger.
“He just looked at me and said, ‘oh, honey,’” the nurse recalled in an anonymous posting in an online discussion board for nurses. “That rang in my head the whole time as I was bleeding the puncture and washing my hands. Oh honey, indeed.”
She’s not alone. Nurses, not surprisingly, comprise the largest percentage of the estimated hundreds of thousands of U.S. health care workers who experience a needlestick injury on the job every year and run the risk of acquiring more than 20 diseases, including Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
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More than 600 cases and 10 counties affected in Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky
The Department for Public Health said there are more than 600 cases of Hepatitis A affecting 10 counties in Kentucky.The department said there have been 629 cases reported with six deaths.The outbreak affects Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Greenup, Hardin, Jeffer...
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|Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle|
|3 DR Congo Ebola patients break quarantine; 2 die|
|WHO gets kudos for fast Ebola action in DRC, but prevention lagging|
|Ebola patients flee Congo hospital|
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|DRC priest 'infected with Ebola' as death toll revised down|
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Catholic priest 'infected with Ebola' in DR Congo
A Catholic priest has been quarantined after being infected with the Ebola virus in the town of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, medical sources said Thursday. "We have quarantined a priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro who tested positive" for the Ebola virus, a medical...
EBOLA patients have escaped quarantine in a city of 350,000 people amid fears the outbreak could be on verge of getting worse.
Three patients escaped from quarantine in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the three have been found dead, while a third patient has been found alive. Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) mission in the city confirmed the incident as they work to treat cases of Ebola.The death toll of the outbreak has reached 27 as health chiefs crackdown on the virus. World Health Organisation bosses have previously warned spread in the city could mean a repeat of the 2014 outbreak – which killed over 11,000.
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
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
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.
CLICKZIP SAFETY SRYINGE
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is a new and globally patented Swiss technology active,
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
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,
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