Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 17, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Oban's drug problem highlighted by bags of dirty needles dumped on construction site
Porcupine Health Unit provides needle collection box downtown
Credence MedSystems raises $13m to support syringe systems
Mother claims 1-year-old son injured at day care
WATCH: Indy man diagnosed with hepatitis C years after getting routine tonsillectomy
Health Unit provides needle collection box
Health department offers free needles
Needle and syringe finds raise questions in Fort Smith
Two people claim to have found needles and syringes discarded on Fort Smith’s Calder Avenue.
 
Shari Murphy McArthur shared on Facebook her discovery of a syringe while walking to work on August 8, while Laura Hunter posted her daughter had found a needle the day prior.
 
“She knew not to touch it,” Hunter said of her nine-year-old. “It’s very scary and it’s the first time we have seen or heard of any needles laying around Smith.”
 
A spokesperson for Fort Smith RCMP said they “have not received any reports of needles/syringes found or request for assistance.” Unless a needle was being used in a threatening manner, RCMP said, the issue is a public health matter outside of their jurisdiction.
 
Lisa Giovanetto, spokesperson for the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA), said authority staff in Fort Smith had “not encountered or been informed of concerns with needles and syringes found in the general community area.” 
World Dodgeball Association & NeedleSmart
The World Dodgeball Association is delighted to announce that NeedleSmart is a new Official Partner.
 
The partnership will support the future development of Dodgeball across the World and will support new projects that the World Dodgeball Association will unveil later this year.
 
Needlesmart is a unique and patented device to destroy Hypodermic Needles preventing many needle stick injuries and contracting diseases through the injuries. See more about their market leading technology on www.needlesmart.com.
Video - How would you prevent needle stick injury?
How would you prevent needle stick injury - Find out!
Video - Needle Stick and sharps prevention in the dental office
Training video on engineering controls to prevent needle stick or sharps injury in a dental office.
Dad finds toddler holding used needle in Cornish park
A Cornish dad has found his two-year-old clutching a used needle on a trip to the park.
Thomas Galea has been patrolling ever since the toddler picked one up in Penzance.
 
He is worried play areas are becoming a hotspot for heroin users, after clearing almost 200 in a matter of weeks.
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
New HIV diagnoses in Chicago hit record low
U.S. Efforts to Combat HIV and AIDS
AIDS Walk & Run's "This Is Me" campaign hopes to destigmatize HIV
An aspirin a day may keep HIV away, study finds
D.C. is beating HIV/AIDS. There’s no excuse to drop the ball now.
HIV, syphilis screening low with ED-diagnosed PID in adolescents
HEPATITIS
No new hepatitis A cases reported in the county
Bevo XIV died from bovine leukemia. His body is helping researchers fight human hepatitis C.
74 Cases Of Hepatitis A Confirmed In Nashville Since December
Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow in Nashville
Hepatitis A vaccine clinics held in Fort Smith
State agency issues 2nd hepatitis alert
Less Hepatitis C cases in Tippecanoe than last year
Red Lobster employee in Arkansas tests positive for hepatitis A, health department confirms
Prevent hepatitis before it ensnares you
Inmate at Montgomery Co. Jail tests positive for hepatitis A
Little Caesars employee in Arkansas tests positive for hepatitis A, health department warns
Sufferers who received hepatitis C-infected kidneys cured of the virus
Twenty sufferers who volunteered to get transplants of kidneys contaminated with hepatitis C have now survived the operation and been cured of the virus.
 
Practically 100,000 People are ready for kidneys, and lots of treasured donated organs are thrown away as a result of they’ve the curable an infection.
 
After transplants, the sufferers’ new organs are working high quality because of remedy that removed the virus, the College of Pennsylvania researchers reported Monday.
WARNING: Dental Patients Urged To Undergo Blood Tests For Hepatitis B, C and HIV Precautionary tests are being recommended for anyone who was treated at the Sydney practice in the last 35 years.
Patients of a dental practice at Haberfield in Sydney's inner-west are being advised to visit their GP to be tested for blood-borne viruses, following the dentist's suspension from practice.
 
Dr James Pok-Yan Ng was suspended after an inspection confirmed concerns  that cleaning and sterilisation practices at the Haberfield surgery breached Dental Board of Australia guidelines.
 
Patients who have been treated at the clinic in the last 35 years are being asked to take precautionary tests for Hepatitis B, C and HIV.
Patients of a Sydney dental clinic potentially exposed to HIV and hepatitis
Patients of a Sydney dental clinic potentially exposed to HIV and hepatitis
Up to 10,000 patients in Sydney are being asked to get a blood test after they were potentially exposed to HIV and hepatitis at a dental clinic. The dentist in charge of the Haberfield practice, Dr James Pok-Yan Ng, was suspended last month for breaching standard infection controls. An investigation by the Dental Council of NSW and NSW Health was prompted by a patient complaint in late June. Up to ten thousand patients being told to get a blood test because of potential exposure to HIV and hepat...
Indy man diagnosed with hepatitis C years after getting routine tonsillectomy
A routine tonsillectomy in the 1980s changed one Indianapolis man’s life forever after he learned years later that he contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion he received following that surgery.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control, before 1992 hepatitis C was commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.
Importance of prevention strategies in safety
A video originally shared in April in support of the World Day for Health and Safety at work  in order to raise awareness of the importance  of training children to become more safety conscious.
Used Needles reported in children's play park
Police have issued a warning to parents amid reports of used needles left in a children's play park in Liskeard.
 
Officers said the council was arranging to clean the area at Castle Park. Officers are uring anyone who has seen anthing in recent weeks to report it. 
WEST NILE
Sugar Land confirms presence of West Nile virus
Why West Nile risk is at the highest levels since 2012 outbreak
Ohio West Nile virus activity highest since 2012
West Nile fever outbreak claims three lives in northeast Italy
West Nile Found in Two RI Communities
1st Human West Nile Cases of Season Confirmed in Connecticut
Greek authorities urge vigilance over West Nile fever outbreak
EBOLA
Ebola in a war zone: what could go wrong?
Sustained US preparedness needed for Ebola and other pan-epidemic threats
Ebola outbreak in Congo claims more lives, vaccinations underway
Ten dead in Ebola flareup in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Congo-Kinshasa: Another Ebola Outbreak in Congo, This Time in a Conflict Zone
New Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo kills 37 in first week
Ebola virus experts discover powerful, new approach for future therapeutics
ZIKA VIRUS
Big Data: The impacts of Zika
Mom sounds alarm after son born with birth defects from Zika virus
Zika prevention begins with educated and empowered patients
1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have health issues, study finds
First Look At How Zika Babies Are Faring As They Grow Up Is Sobering In Breadth Of Health Problems
Zika may harm nearly 1 in 7 babies exposed to the virus in the womb
One in 7 Babies Exposed to Zika Have Health Problems, CDC Says
1 in 7 Babies Exposed to Zika in the Womb Have Health Problems
IN THE NEWS
NEW EBOLA OUTBREAK IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: 43 INFECTED, 36 DEAD
Two more people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
That brings the total number of deaths in the latest outbreak to 36, according to the Health Ministry.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization confirmed that the latest cases in Congo's North Kivu province are part of the Zaire strain of the virus and that there is no link to a separate outbreak, which occurred in the western Equateur province that has since been declared over.
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EBOLA OUTBREAK SHAPING UP AS MOST DANGEROUS TEST OF WORLD’S ABILITY TO RESPOND SINCE GLOBAL CRISIS
The latest Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is shaping up to be the most dangerous and difficult test of the world’s ability to contain the disease since the catastrophic West African outbreak in 2014 and 2015.
 
Like an outbreak earlier this year, in the western part of the country, cases have been reported across multiple locations, disease transmission is taking place in cities where hundreds of thousands of people live, and there’s the potential for the virus to spread across several international borders.
 
But this outbreak is occurring in a part of the Congo that has long been a conflict zone, with over 1 million displaced people, scores of armed combatant groups, and “red zones” where outsiders hoping to contain a deadly disease may not be able to travel.
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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

 

CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY AND OSHA COMPLIANCE
While many may associate healthcare worker injuries with fast-paced ERs and stress inducing ORs, primary care physicians in medical offices and clinics also face serious health risks and hazards every day. Regardless of the work environment, exposure to sharps, drugs, and other factors make healthcare workers more vulnerable to workplace injury than those in almost any other sector. Fortunately, many of the thousands of reported (and unreported) healthcare worker injuries each year can be prevented with proper training and an eye toward compliance.
 
Sticking to a sharps safety strategy
 
Many major health industry organizations have highlighted the issue of sharps injuries in recent years. The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) found that healthcare workers are sustaining 320,000 needlestick incidents each year in hospital and non-hospital settings. The CDC estimates that about half of sharps injuries may go unreported, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Any worker who handles sharps devices, such as hypodermic needles or blood collection devices, is at risk.
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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.
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.

 
NEEDLESMART PROFESSIONAL PH
A product designed specifically for the Phlebotomy market. Taking the contaminated sharp and associated parts at the point of use. The NeedleSmart Ph will destroy the sharp, separate the constituent parts, and sort them into specific waste streams ready for downstream disposal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The NeedleSmart range has the potential to:
  • Reduce hypodermic needles to sharps bins by up to 70%
  • Generate a reduction in sharps disposal cost in the order of 30%
  • Costs reduction / end of line
  • Potential to recycle product
Charging figures: Full charging - 1p to charge. Melt 300 needles - 0.5p
12.5p / kWhr
 
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