Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 22, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Focus on Hypodermic Needles Market,Which is Better for Healthcare
Greiner Bio-One Expands its Range of Safety Products for Blood Collection
West's SelfDose™ Patient-Controlled Injector Wins Silver Medical Design Excellence Award
Need to Avert Needlestick Injuries Benefits Safety Needles Market
Why police officers need PPE that serves and protects
Officers often fail to use proper protection from contact with dangerous drugs and other On September 1, 2017, San Diego County issued a health emergency in response to the local hepatitis A outbreak. The outbreak, which was spread person-to-person and through contact with fecally contaminated environments, resulted in 586 cases, with 401 hospitalizations and 20 deaths. The majority of people who contracted hepatitis A were homeless and/or illicit drug users.
In San Diego, where San Diego PD responds with its Homeless Outreach Teams, health officials washed streets with bleach in the most acutely affected areas and installed dozens of hand-washing stations to help prevent the spread.
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.
How Cleaners Can Protect Themselves From Needlesticks
You can protect yourself from needlesticks by using caution when emptying trash. Keep your hands, feet, and elbows out of the garbage and use a cart to carry trash to the dumpster.
My employee has a needlestick injury. Now what?
Needlestick injuries occur more often than you may think because many go unreported. If you are accidentally pricked by a needle, do you have legal recourse? Dr. David Goldberg addresses this issue in this month's legal column.
Do safety engineered devices reduce needle-stick injuries?
BACKGROUND: Needle stick injuries (NSIs) are one of the most common health hazards facing health care workers (HCWs) across the globe. Needles with safety engineered devices (SEDs) have been developed to minimize the risk of exposure to blood-borne infections such as Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated with NSIs.
Despite the introduction of SEDs the incidence of NSIs increased from 1.9/100 HCWs before the introduction of SEDs to 2.2/100 HCWs after the introduction of SEDs. The registration of reported SED related NSIs showed a significant decrease in the number of NSIs related to injection needles and blood sugar needles, while an unexpected significant increase in NSIs with nadroparin calcium needles and infusion needles was found. The most common causes reported for NSIs were unsafe disposal of the needles and problems with the safety feature.
Nurses attitudes are key to better compliance with infection control practices
A study in the United States has shown that attitudes among community nurses are important for their compliance with infection control practices. The study, by researchers at The University of Manchester, Columbia University, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Appalachian State University..
Factors that affect the reporting of sharps injuries at a large academic teaching hospital
Sharps-related injuries represent a significant occupational hazard to orthopedic surgeons. Despite increased attention and targeted interventions, evidence suggests that the majority of incidents continue to go unreported. The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence, attitudes, and factors that affect the reporting of sharps injuries among orthopedic surgery residents at a large academic teaching hospital in an effort to increase reporting rates and design effective interventions. This study administered an anonymous cross-sectional survey regarding intraoperative sharps exposures to current orthopedic house staff, with an 87% (54/62) response rate.
Sharps Safety
Sharps waste is considered to be any device that could possibly cut or pierce the user’s skin, including but not limited to scalpels, needles, razor blades...
Free HIV testing at Health Department on June 27
Man awarded $18.4M in lawsuit over canceled HIV test
Man awarded $18.4 million in lawsuit over failed HIV test
Reduction in HIV diagnoses in New Zealand
High rates of HIV and diabetes raise the risk of TB for South Africans
Namibia: HIV/AIDS Deaths Drop From 10 000 to 4 000
HIV diagnoses fall 20 percent on previous year
An "infection control breach" may have put Denver hospital patients at risk of HIV, officials said
An “infection control breach” at a Denver, Colorado hospital may have put certain patients at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, the state’s department of public health and environment has said.
Patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital between July 21, 2016 and February 20, 2018 were notified that the breach may have put them at risk of the diseases or for surgical site infections. There are no known cases of infection from the breach.
Rural hospitals need to put more resources into infection control
Nebraska is both a largely rural and geographically long state.
Omaha, one of its largest cities, could be as much as a seven-hour drive from towns on its westernmost border. That made it hard for health officials on the far side of the state to make it out for periodic state chapter meetings of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) hosted in that city on the east side of the state.
And that was what struck Margaret Drake, a healthcare-associated infection preventionist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
10th food worker in Boyd County diagnosed with hepatitis A
Kentucky Up To 832 Outbreak-Associated Acute Hepatitis A Cases
Families' lawsuit against UPMC over hepatitis C infections moves forward with Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision
Legal fight winding down in hepatitis C case involving former Hays Med tech
Two people tested positive for hepatitis C after receiving services from same dentist
As nearby states battle outbreaks, ohio sees rise in hepatitis a
There have been 47 cases across the state, the highest since 2015, according to the state. In comparison, there were five cases during the same period in 2017, two in 2016 and five in 2015. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually transmitted by person-to-person through contact with an infected person’s stool, or consumption of contaminated food or water, the release said.
First 2018 human West Nile case confirmed in Illinois
First West Nile mosquito of 2018 collected in Dauphin County
West Nile virus reported in Grant County
Floridians were more vigilant about Zika, but there’s work to do
Zika Virus: What Does the Future Hold?
Zika is a threat that Florida hasn’t taken seriously, study finds
Whatever happened to Zika?
Ebola in Congo `Largely Contained' With No New Cases, WHO Says
As DRC Grapples With Ebola, Guinea Keeps Up Its Guard
Ultra-Secure Lab in Gabon Equipped for Ebola Studies
How DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Has Been Contained
What if we treated violent crime the way we treat Ebola?
Two more cases of Ebola confirmed in urban area of Congo
Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the north-western city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to an article on The Guardian website.
The report brings to three the number of confirmed cases in the city of 1 million people, raising the prospect of a wider outbreak than feared.
Leapfrog Group gave more than 1,000 hospitals a "C" or worse score in the latest update to its Patient Safety Grades, with infection control a top pain point for a number of facilities that lag behind.
Released twice a year, the report includes hospital safety scores issued by Leapfrog between "A" and "F." The group awarded 879 "C" grades, the largest group, 145 "D" grades and 22 "F" grades. In addition, 750 hospitals were awarded an "A" and 683 were given a "B" grade.
Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog, told FierceHealthcare that each low-scoring hospital faces its own challenges, but that the infection control measures outlined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is one area where some hospitals struggle consistently.
Purpose: To determine the prevalence of and risk factors for needlesticks in interventional radiology physicians, as well as the attitudes, behaviors, and conditions that promote or interfere with reporting of these injuries. Materials and Methods A total of 3889 interventional radiologists from academic and private practice in the United States were surveyed by emailing all interventional radiologist members of the Society of Interventional Radiology, including attending-level physicians and trainees (April-August 2016). The institutional review board waived the need for consent. Questions inquired about the nature, frequency, and type of needlestick and sharps injuries and whether and to whom these incidents were reported. Stepwise regression was used to determine variables predicting whether injuries were reported. Results In total, 908 (23%) interventional radiologists completed at least a portion of the survey. Eight hundred fourteen (91%) of 895 respondents reported a prior needlestick injury, 583 (35%) of 895 reported at least one injury while treating an HIV-positive patient, and 626 (71%) of 884 reported prior training regarding needlestick injury. There was, on average, one needlestick for every 5 years of practice. Most needlestick or sharps injuries were self inflicted (711 [87%] of 817) and involved a hollow-bore device (464 [56%] of 824). Only 566 (66%) of 850 injuries were reported.
  • 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


Reducing Needlesticks with Proper Disposal
Making sure you have a solution in place for sharps removal is a crucial component of sharps injury prevention. MedPro supports ISIPS mission to reduce these injuries among HCP’s and have heard far too many horror stories of physicians or staff loading up a box of sharps or medical waste and “driving it to the local hospital” for disposal. This not only puts you at risk for an injury, but also is could harm your practice should any of the waste spill. 
MedPro can help with solutions ranging from sharps mailback services to multiple pickups per week, we are here to meet the needs of your practice even as those needs change. 
If its been awhile since your practice had a “medical waste checkup”, give us a call. In an industry full of egregious price increases and surprise surcharges, MedPro is the changing the game with flat rate, transparent pricing and clear contracting terms. We’d be happy to show you or your administrator how much you could save by right-sizing your services, and working with a BBB A+ rated partner. Call us today at 888-678-4199 to get started or visit medprodisposal.com/isips for more information. 
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Why minimizing infection risk is vital to you, your practice and your patients.
Everyone knows how important good infection control can be. And while it’s accepted as a fact, the truth of the matter is many practices are putting themselves at substantial risk by letting things fall through the cracks. Some oversights are very subtle and easy to overlook, while others are glaringly obvious. We talked to some experts in the field of infection control to discuss some of the ways that your practice may be at significant risk of infection
Demand for dental treatment has been increasing in recent years as people have become more aware of their oral health and the benefits of good dental aesthetics. Maintaining and practising stringent cross-infection control procedures therefore have never been more essential to ensure the health and safety of dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, as well as other supporting staff who may be indirectly involved in the treatment process. 
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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
Safe, efficient disposal
Color coded for gauge size
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
After pictures of a filthy exam room at the Salt Lake VA hospital went viral, Dr. Karen Gribbin, Chief of Staff at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System, offered an apology to Veteran Christopher Wilson and said an internal investigation is underway to determine why the vet was placed in a dirty room.
"Mr. Wilson should never have been placed in that room. I and the entire facility apologize to him for that experience," she said.
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.

Needle stick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. Sharps basically include any object that is able to cut the skin, such as scalpels, razor blades, scissors, metal wire, pins, staples, cutters, and glass items.Needle stick and sharps injuries are a major hazard for people who work with hypodermic syringes and other needle equipment. They may happen at any time of using, disassembling, or disposal.
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