Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 20, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood
'Delhi needs to follow Andhra policy on Auto Disable syringes'
Needlestick Injuries in the Workplace
Greiner Bio-One Expands its Range of Safety Products for Blood Collection
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...
Needles, batteries and animal carcasses: Loraas Recycle workers say blue bin garbage poses safety risk
The company responsible for much of Saskatoon's recycling system says garbage ending up in blue bins is causing serious safety concerns.
Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections
Health care facilities professionals learn about: Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized...
What to Do if You are Stuck by a Used Needle
If you or an employee are stuck by a used needle or another sharp, don't panic. Follow these steps from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
HIV
Global burden of HIV-related CVD on the rise
Condoms used 100% of the time prevent 91% of HIV transmission
HIV testing lags despite increase in cases since 2011
Despite complaints about HIV nonprofit, board says investigation has cleared CEO
Prince Harry, Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men
Man died 20 years after prick from infected needle
A man with a learning disability who contracted Hepatitis B from a dirty needle while gardening died due to the virus twenty years later. A man with a learning disability who contracted Hepatitis B from a dirty needle while gardening died due to the virus twenty years later.
 
Dermot Redmond (53) from Walkinstown Road in Dublin 12 was working at St John of God’s in Sandyford, weeding a bed of roses when the accident happened.
 
“He was cleaning under the roses bushes when he was pricked by a dirty needle,” his mother Bridget Redmond told an inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court.
 
“He was such a happy go lucky man, he was 6” 3’, always singing and he never complained.
SupraCath 5 Safety IV Catheter
The SupraCath 5 Safety IV Catheter combines blood-containment technology with fully encapsulated needle protection to help your efforts to reduce the risk of needlesick injury and comply with Occupation Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis A continues to spread around Kentucky
Why Aren't Prison Inmates With Hepatitis C Being Treated?
Kentucky students required to get hepatitis A vaccines
Restaurant chain deals with Hepatitis A outbreak
State prisons fail to offer cure to 144,000 inmates with deadly Hepatitis C
Hepatitis A cases hit triple digits in Cabell County
County seeks more hepatitis A vaccines in wake of outbreak
N.J. Expands Vital Hepatitis C Treatments for Medicaid Enrollees
The benefits of proper OSHA and infection control training
Dental practices are busy places, but infection control training shouldn't be put on the back burner.
Infection-Control Compliance Hinges on Nurses' Attitudes
Changing nurses' perception of infection risk could improve compliance with infection control measures.
POLICE ISSUE PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING AFTER BOY FINDS NEEDLE AT MISSISSAUGA PARK
They say the boy came into contact with the needle, and was taken to hospital as a precaution. Officers closed the park while city crews inspected the area. Police are reminding people that if they find needles or sharps on the ground, not to try to remove them and instead to call the city's 311 line.
A police spokeswoman called it an ``isolated incident,'' but said there have been similar incidents in the past.
Nearly 2,000 Vaccinated for Hepatitis A after Dining at Hardee’s
Patrons who ate at Hardee’s restaurant on Little Rock Road in Charlotte between June 13 and 23 should receive a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible. Director Gibbie Harris announced today that the outbreak identified by the State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month in Mecklenburg County has led to five additional cases since June 6, including a Hardee’s employee diagnosed Monday.
 
“After consulting with the State today, we are recommending a vaccination for exposed employees and patrons who ate at the 2604 Little Rock Road location between June 13 and 23,” Harris said. “According to the CDC, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to be effective.”
West Virginia reports 540 cases of hepatitis A
West Virginia health officials say 540 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in the state.The Herald-Dispatch reports the Department of Health and Human Resources said 297 of the cases are in Kanawha County.
Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak nears 1,100 cases, 8 people dead
Several outbreak cases have been linked to outbreaks in California and Utah.
Ottawa clinic warns 4,600 patients of hepatitis, HIV risk over unclean equipment
Following a public health investigation, an Ottawa medical clinic has sent letters to 4,600 of its patients advising them to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV because of issues with “improperly cleaned medical instruments” potentially dating back nearly 15 years.
 
“The risk is specifically around procedures that were performed with reusable medical equipment that’s used in minor surgical procedures,” Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, associate medical officer of health at Ottawa Public Health (OPH), said during a press conference Tuesday.
 
What’s being described as an “infection prevention and control lapse” took place at the Main Street Family Medical Centre in the suburban Ottawa community of Stittsville between Dec. 2003, when it first opened, and April 25, 2018 -- a day after a patient filed a complaint with OPH about perceived cleanliness issues at the clinic.
WEST NILE
Survivors share devastation, warning about West Nile
What Is West Nile Virus Exactly–and How Much Should You Worry About It?
West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in New Orleans
West Nile virus found again in New Orleans mosquitoes
West Nile virus detected in Orleans Parish mosquitoes
EBOLA
An Ebola Outbreak Has Just Been Stopped. Here’s What It Tells Us About Containing Epidemics.
Ebola survivors suffer 'severe' neurological and psychiatric effects, new study finds
Ebola Leaves Lingering Neurological Effects
Spanish researchers develop five-strain Ebola vaccine
If we really want to eradicate diseases such as Ebola, we need a new strategy
Ebola virus outbreak likely over in Congo, WHO says
ZIKA VIRUS
Uganda: No Zika Virus in Uganda, Government Hits Back At WHO
Mosquito Species in California Could Transmit Zika Virus, Study Finds
Dog-to-Human Superbug? New Zika Risk for Infants; Baby Wash Bacteria
Two Zika cases confirmed in Williamson County, how to avoid the virus
What happened to Zika?
FDA: No Need to Test Donated Blood for Zika
Zika Risks Could Be Higher Than Originally Thought, Research Suggests
FDA eases blood-screening rules for Zika, citing drop in cases
IN THE NEWS
SAFETY IN THE HOSPITAL PHARMACY
When President Bill Clinton signed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Bill into law it required OSHA to revise the decade-old Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Many were surprised with the rapidity that OSHA responded to the challenge. When confronted with safety concerns of both patients and healthcare workers, many institutions seem at a loss on how to proceed. Many of them have implemented the use of some safety products, but feel like they have come to a brick wall. To them the problem of safety for patients and healthcare workers seems overwhelming.
 
The image of the safety problem has grown so big in their minds that they simply shut down and postpone research into the safety projects for several weeks. They become afraid to look at it. They think, “What should we do?” Institutions that run into this type of paralysis have an elephant on their menu, and it appears too big to eat!
 
Have you ever had an elephant on your menu? A problem that at first blush appears too big to swallow? We all have at one time or another. Elephants appear in all shapes, sizes and colors. But the safety of patients and healthcare workers seems to attract elephants, and many institutions desiring to be compliant with safety guidelines find an elephant or two on their menus.
 
So how do you plan on eating your elephant? For most individuals the simple answer is this: if you find an elephant on your menu, cut it up into a thousand little pieces and eat it one bite at a time! It is the only way that I know to face problems that are gargantuan in nature. Divide your problem into many small parts and focus on one piece at a time.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING SHARPS AND NEEDLE STICK INJURIES
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.
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

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH YOUR MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL COMPANY?
 
 
 
 
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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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.
NURSES ATTITUDES IMPACT COMPLIANCE WITH INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICE
A study of home health care nurses in the United States has found that attitudes and organizational policies, rather than knowledge base was much more likely to lead to greater compliance with infection control. The study, “Factors for Compliance with Infection Control Practices in Home Health Care:  Findings from a Survey of Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Infection Control” is published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The authors are from Columbia University School of Nursing, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Appalachian State University, and The University of Manchester in England.
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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.

 
C. DIFFICILE CASES FALL 36 PER CENT IN HOSPITALS, BETTER INFECTION CONTROL CREDITED - THERE'S BEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN INFECTION-CONTROL MEASURES
Rates of Clostridium difficile, an often recurring bacterial infection of the colon that causes debilitating diarrhea, have fallen dramatically in hospitals across Canada since 2009, a study has found.
 
In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers report that hospital-associated C. difficile infections dropped by 36 per cent between 2009 and 2015.
 
"There's probably a number of interventions that led to that decrease," said lead author Dr. Kevin Katz, medical director of infection prevention and control at North York General Hospital in Toronto.
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