|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||July 27, 2018|
|Mind and Body: World Hepatitis Day is July 28|
|Injection technique 1: administering drugs via the intramuscular route|
|ACLU sues North Carolina prisons over lack of Hepatitis C screening, treatment|
|Both patients and health professionals on the sharp end of needlestick injuries|
|Hone your edge: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee|
|Texas Tech researchers win National Science Foundation awards|
|Needlestick Injuries in the Workplace|
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.
THE FDA RECLASSIFIES SHARPS NEEDLE DESTRUCTION DEVICE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final order “General Hospital and Personal Use Devices; Reclassification of Sharps Needle Destruction Device.” Under this final order, the FDA has reclassified the needle destruction device from a class III to a class II device and renamed the device type to sharps needle destruction device.
A sharps needle destruction device is an alternative to conventional sharps/needle disposal containers found in home and hospital settings. These devices are powered by electricity or batteries and they use different technologies such as grinding or incineration to destroy needles and other types of sharps (e.g., lancets).
Pediatric Injuries from Needles Discarded in the Community
Community-aquired needlestick injuries are an emerging phenomenon with important public health implications. The percieved risk of transmission of bloodborne viruses, including HIV, Hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus after a needlestick...
Take the Pinch out of Needlesticks
Workers cleaning restrooms, medical facilities, and even homes risk being being stuck by a used needle or other sharps, such as syringes, scalpels, or scissors. The proper way to dispose of these items is to deposit them in a red or yellow sharps container specially designed for hazardous waste. However, sharps sometimes end up in trash cans, on restroom surfaces, or on the floor.
Coming in contact with a used sharp puts workers at risk of contracting a disease caused by bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Don't risk an infection. If you or one of your workers is stuck by a sharp, or get blood or other potentially infectious materials in the eyes, nose, or mouth, stop working immediately and follow these tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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|Few young women with PID screened for HIV or syphilis in emergency departments|
|Conchita employs star appeal against HIV stigma|
|Concerns over HIV resurgence dominate world AIDS conference|
|Prince Harry: Young People Key in Ongoing Fight Against HIV|
|Jail Not the Answer to Ex-Soviet States' HIV Epidemic|
|In Southern Mozambique, only half of people diagnosed with HIV enroll in medical care|
|Trump is now turning his attention to purging all HIV-positive soldiers from the military|
|New report from UN warns we have 'miles to go' in fight against HIV|
High risk of 'losing control' of AIDS epidemic: experts
The AIDS epidemic risks resurging and spiralling out of control unless billions of extra dollars are pumped into prevention and treatment, experts warned Sunday on the eve of a major world conference.
An alarming rate of new infections, coupled with an exploding population of young people in hard-hit countries, meant the world could be steering for "a crisis of epic proportions," said Mark Dybul, an American AIDS researcher and diplomat.
"Bad things will happen if we don't have more money," he told a special event organised a day before some 15,000 delegates attend the opening of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
Sandel Sharps Safety Video
It only happened once just once I don't even know how it happened it all. It happened so fast. I don't like the test results. Every minute of every day somewhere in the world will experience the physical and psychological torment of sustaining a sharps injury
|Kentucky’s Hepatitis outbreak worst in nation, but fading in Louisville, the ‘gold standard’ for response|
|Cape Breton baby boomers urged to take free hepatitis C test|
|Woman's Doctor: Hepatitis C can be cured, doctor says|
|Inmate Files Federal Lawsuit Over Hepatitis Treatment|
|Hepatitis C Lawsuit Against State Prisons Alleges Failure to Screen, Treat, And Track Infection, Even In Face Of Opioid Epidemic|
|Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads To Additional Indiana Counties|
|Hepatitis A outbreak in part of Arkansas grows; officials urge county's residents to get vaccinated|
|Lexington homeless shelter to require, provide hepatitis A vaccine|
Why Aren’t Prison Officials Treating Inmates for Hepatitis C?
Officials in many states say they can’t afford to treat all of their patients in prison for hepatitis C. Human rights experts say that’s not a good enough reason. A cure for a disease is only useful if it’s accessible to those who need it.
For people with chronic hepatitis C, that cure can cost up to $90,000 and may not be fully covered by their insurance. For prisoners in the U.S. correctional system, that cure is even further out of reach. State prisons are failing to treat at least 144,000 incarcerated patients with hepatitis C, according to a recent story published by Kaiser Health News. Nationwide, about 97 percent of incarcerated patients with hepatitis C aren’t getting the treatment they need.
“You’re dead, man”: 170,000 Australians living with dangerous disease
Allan Dumbleton’s doctor was surprised to see him walking into his office. In his hands were the sales executive’s test results, and they revealed that Mr Dumbleton's liver was in trouble. An established hepatitis C infection and a week of partying with clients during the Melbourne Cup carnival had pushed his ALT levels, a measure of liver damage, to about 40 times higher than normal. Left untreated, hepatitis C does kill. Despite recent and rapid advances in effective cures, it is estimated about 170,000 Australians still have hepatitis C, and are living at risk of its potentially deadly complications.
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.”
People who dined at Hardees on Little Rock Road on June 13 and 14 are strongly urged to get a vaccination in the next two days.
Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak nears 1,100 cases, 8 people dead
The hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, labeled the worst in the nation, is still spreading. As of July 7, 2018 Kentucky has reported 1,094 cases of the liver disease since August 1, 2017. 628 of those cases resulted in hospitalization. Eight people have died at last count. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) says it has seen an increase of cases primarily among homeless people and drug users. DPH says several outbreak cases have been linked to outbreaks in California and Utah.
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|Ebola in survivor’s family shows deadly virus’s lasting effects|
|Official End to Congo Ebola Outbreak Set for Wednesday|
|Ebola: How a killer disease was stopped in its tracks|
|Antibodies from Ebola survivors may protect animals from virus|
|Physicians warn Zika still a concern for travelers|
|Zika: A Bigger Threat to Pregnancy|
|About 2,500 current cases of Zika Virus in the United States|
|Zika Still a Threat for Travelers Trying to Conceive|
|Uganda: No Zika Virus in Uganda, Government Hits Back At WHO|
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
INFECTION-CONTROL COMPLIANCE HINGES ON NURSES' ATTITUDES
Changing nurses' perception of infection risk could improve compliance with infection control measures. - It's often said that knowledge is power. But, a new study finds that when it comes to nurses' compliance with infection control measures, it's more appropriate to say attitude is everything. The study, "Factors for Compliance with Infection Control Practices in Home Health Care," examines the relationship between infection control compliance, knowledge, and attitude among home healthcare nurses. Researchers surveyed 359 home healthcare nurses in the U.S, and evaluated their knowledge of best practices in relation to their compliance with infection control measures.
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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