|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||June 15, 2018|
|Study Finds High Burden of Psychosocial Issues Among PEP Users|
|West's SelfDose™ Patient-Controlled Injector Wins Silver Medical Design Excellence Award|
|Needle threat from thoughtless junkies|
|Need to Avert Needlestick Injuries Benefits Safety Needles Market|
|Needlestick Injury – Is it just a prick?|
5 of the biggest issues nurses face today
Nurses are crucial to all healthcare environments, and take pride in the care they provide each day. But nurses also face many challenges in today's complex healthcare environment. Here are five big issues facing nurses including staffing, long working hours, workplace hazards, workplace violence and bullying and harrassment.
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.
Needlestick Injury – Is It Just A Prick?
Needlestick injury is the penetration of the skin by a needle or other sharp object, which has been in contact with blood, tissue or other body fluids before the exposure. These injuries have the possibility to lead to transmission of blood-borne diseases, placing those exposed at increased risk of contracting infectious diseases, commonly such as hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Among healthcare workers and laboratory personnel worldwide, more than 25 blood-borne viruses have been reported to be caused by needlestick injuries. It is most commonly reported in final year students specially posted in the department of oral surgery.
How to properly fire a practice employee
The hardest part of running a solo private practice for the past 15 years is being an employer, says OB/GYN Donna Ivery, MD, of Titusville, Fla. “I find it particularly stressful because the behavior and competence of your staff can make or break your practice,” she says.
SMi's 3rd Annual Pre-Filled Syringes West Coast 2018 Conference and Exhibition returns to San Diego on the 4th and 5th of June 2018
Hear from a selection of carefully handpicked keynote addresses and case studies presented by big pharma as well as leading industry KOL's including Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Nemera, Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions, West Pharmaceutical Services, Zeon + more!
Automated devices may replace traditional medical stitching, predict inventors
The medical research company Sutrue devised the machine stitching tools, one of which is a handheld device and the other a larger endoscopic robot. The devices, which were demonstrated at an event this week, produce rows of sutures, tie knots and sew around corners through tissues as they stretch and twist unpredictably. Robots have aided surgeons since the PUMA 560 was used during a biopsy in 1985, but needle-and-thread suture techniques have largely not changed since the time of Ancient Egypt. The Sutrue devices began as an idea inspired by a TV programme about robotic surgery that inventor Alex Berry watched 10 years ago.
BART passenger says she sat on discarded hypodermic needle
While traveling from Dublin to San Francisco, a BART passenger claims she sat a stray hypodermic needle on her seat, which subsequently pricked her. In fact, this is not the first time a commuter has encountered such a particularly unsavory hazard while aboard the BART system.
According to KRON4, San Ramon resident Linda Quan discovered discarded intravenous drug materials underneath her seat on the train last Thursday, but only after a loose and possibly used needle pierced her backside.
This comes just weeks after an unfortunate viral video of drug use at Civic Center Station made national headlines in April, while at the same time the city of San Francisco devotes more time and resources to the problem of discarded needles on certain streets and sidewalks.
AIIMS Anaesthetist Contracts Hep B after Needle Stick Injury: Are our doctors safe?
Medical and surgical caregivers are commonly exposed to a variety of workplace hazards in the course of performing their functions. For a doctor, involved in treating lage numbers of patients daily, these hazards come in the form of various infectious diseases.
My medical outlook changed after I jabbed my finger with a needle
As soon as I felt the deep sting of the needle as it entered my finger I knew what it meant – potential disaster.
I was cutting a space between the ribs of a patient in intensive care, making room for the insertion of a large chest drain. The tissues were tough, and I had to tear at the fibres with my fingers deep under the skin. But the patient was not fully sedated, and she was feeling it despite the local anaesthetic injection I had administered beforehand.
So I did something stupid. I kept one finger in the cut, so as not to lose the track I had struggled to form, and with my other hand inserted the anaesthetic needle alongside the leading gloved index finger. In this way I hoped to numb the deeper tissues. Instead I jabbed my own fingertip – ouch … a shock.
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|He deliberately exposed himself to HIV in order to infect his lovers|
|Why Miami Is the Epicenter of New HIV Cases in the U.S.|
|HK scientists say new research points to "functional cure" for HIV|
|Patients being tested for HIV after nurse reused syringes|
|Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease|
|Arkansas Region Sees 4th Hepatitis Incident Since February|
|Pregnancy and Breastfeeding with Hepatitis C: What You Need to Know|
|More fast food workers diagnosed with hepatitis A|
|Hepatitis Outbreak Grows To 23 Confirmed Cases|
|Get screened! Hepatitis C can be cured with proper treatment and diagnosis|
|Louisville White Castle employee diagnosed with hepatitis A|
|New cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Davidson County|
Hepatitis A is usually not a problem to recover from. But in Michigan, 27 people died since this outbreak began.
Michigan is in the throes of the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the USA, a flareup that began in August 2016 and has killed 27 people, state health officials say.
The hepatitis A virus, which attacks the liver, is highly contagious. Just ask Christopher Larime ,46, of Grosse Pointe Park, who goes out to lunch most days with co-workers from the General Motors Tech Center here.
The father of three said he ate in March at the Buffalo Wild Wings across the road from his office. It's the same restaurant where a food worker later was found to have hepatitis A.
Though he only suspects the source of his infection, Larime now is one of 837 people who have been sickened with the virus in the state. Last month, Indiana's Department of Health issued a travel alert warning Hoosiers planning to visit Michigan to get vaccinated before they come.
Occurrence of Needlestick and Injuries among Health-care Workers of a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital in North India
Occupational hazards such as accidental exposure to sharp, cuts, and splashes are common among health-care workers (HCWs). To determine the occurrence of self-reported occupational exposures to these hazards and to know the prevalent practices following the exposure. The second aim was to know the baseline antibody levels against hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) immediately after these accidents.
Hepatitis C has been called the silent epidemic of the 21st century. What should people know about this disease and who should be tested?
Hepatitis C is a virus that affects millions of people worldwide. It is an infectious disease that is transmitted person to person through blood-to-blood contact associated with intravenous drug use, poorly sterilized medical equipment, needlestick injuries in health care and transfusions.
The majority of people infected by the virus – approximately 80 percent – will go on to have longstanding, persistent infection of the virus in their liver. This is what is known as chronic hepatitis C. Most of the time, there are minimal to no symptoms when infected by the virus. As a result, people are often unaware they are infected. The virus will then cause continuous mild inflammation in the liver over many years. In approximately 30 percent of those infected, the chronic inflammation eventually leads to scar tissue formation in the liver and cirrhosis. This has led to complications of cirrhosis such as liver cancer in millions of Americans.
TPCHD says more people need testing after Good Sam hepatitis outbreak
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The risk of infection following cosmetic surgery is relatively low, occurring after one percent of all surgeries. However, it is important to take every preventive measure since an infection can have serious consequences. The first step in preventing infection is choosing a highly trained cosmetic surgeon practicing in a sterile, accredited facility. In order to ensure your safety, he or she will thoroughly assess your health prior to recommending a procedure. To expedite your recovery and assist with infection control at home, you should follow your surgeon's instructions and schedule an immediate visit if you notice infection symptoms.
|Kern County sees it first human case of West Nile virus in 2018|
|The biting truth: St. John man tells of battling serious form of West Nile|
|County's first West Nile infections of 2018 confirmed|
|2 human cases of West Nile virus reported in Riverside County|
|Floridians Worried About Zika, But They Didn't Necessarily Protect Themselves|
|Floridians took Zika seriously in 2016 but most didn't do much about it, study says|
|Whatever happened to Zika?|
|Floridians took Zika virus more seriously than rest of US, but most did nothing|
|A spotlight on the 2018 hurricane season — will the Zika virus pose new threats?|
|The Challenges of Fighting Ebola|
|DR Congo: Red Cross ramps up support as Ebola response enters critical phase|
|DRC bordering countries begin Ebola preparedness training|
|Crucial test of Ebola vaccine raises hopes, doubts in Congo|
|Children and the DRC Ebola outbreak: 4 things you need to know|
|Congo’s taxi drivers fear Ebola’s spread|
|Nigeria: Threats of Ebola, Polio, Other Emerging Infectious Diseases Persist|
|How the University of Virginia delivered telehealth to Ebola-stricken Africa|
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,
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).
12-YEAR-OLD BOY FINDS USED NEEDLE ON GARDEN WALL
A 12-year-old boy has found a used needle as he left for school in Cornwall.
The lad's mum says the grim discovery on a garden wall has violated her children's innocence. Sarah Hamilton, who lives on Bonython Road in Newquay, was shocked when her 12-year-old left for school and found the item sitting outside their home. She told Pirate it had quite clearly been used, adding that there was a bloody wipe and a discarded packet lying nearby. Sarah said: "My 12 year old son left for school yesterday morning. He came back in the house and told us there was a needle on our garden.
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