|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||August 24, 2018|
|School needle stick incident devastates family|
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|County health officers explores clean needle exchange program|
|Needle and syringe finds raise questions in Fort Smith|
|Credence MedSystems raises $13m to support syringe systems|
|Health department offers free needles|
|Here's how to handle sharps on the farm|
|The Irish Times view on responding to cocaine use|
UK: Leading product safety lawyer voices concerns over syringe driver safety
A leading product safety lawyer belives the government should open an inquiry into the safety of syringe drivers after media reports suggested that the threat to life from such devices had been ‘ignored’ during the Gosport Hospital inquiry.
According to reports, a whistleblower from the Gosport inquiry panel suggested that the inquiry ‘buried’ evidence of cheap, faulty syringe drivers which may have caused the death of thousands of patients treated in UK hospitals.
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.
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Reducing needlestick injuries among healthcare workers in South Africa
Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at increased risk of contracting various communicable diseases. Needlestick injuries (NSIs) are a common mechanism of exposure. Training in basic universal precautions and utilisation of safety-engineered devices (SEDs) are interventions known to reduce the risk of NSI.
NovaGuard® SA Pro Driven by innovation, committed to safety
The NovaGuard® SA Pro safety system can be deployed using a single-handed technique to shield the exposed needle. West’s NovaGuard SA Pro safety system helps protect healthcare workers and patients from accidental needlestick injury. The NovaGuard SA Pro system can be deployed using a single-handed technique and was designed to prevent pre-activation during handling. The system is compatible with ISO 1mL long glass staked-needle syringes and is transparent for ease of drug inspection and delivery. Furthermore, the device design facilitates easy assembly of a glass pre-filled syringe with very minimal change parts and changeover time to existing assembly equipment.
Prison guards shouldn't decide health policy, says former minister
The public - not prison guards - should be the ones to decide whether Canberra's jail should have a needle exchange program, according to a former ACT health minister.
Former ACT health minister and outgoing president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Michael Moore has renewed calls for a needle and syringe program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, seven years after the ACT branch recommended one be set up.
Needle stick incident devastates family
THE grandparents of a six-year-old boy believe they have not been taken seriously after he was allegedly pricked with a syringe while playing in the sand pit at Gatton State School.
Year 1 student Caleb Connelly said when he felt the needle prick he immediately reported it to a teacher who allegedly put the syringe in the bin.
The grandparents claim no further action was taken after the incident on Friday, August 10.
As a result, Caleb went three days without the recommended medical attention.
In a statement to the Gatton Star, a Department of Education spokesman said the school acted immediately to investigate the reported needle stick injury.
But Caleb's grandparents, who are his legal guardians, say they are still yet to be contacted.
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|Health officials warn of possible hepatitis A exposure at Indianapolis restaurant|
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Health officials warn of possible hepatitis A exposure at Indianapolis restaurant
Marion County health officials are recommending that some customers at a café on the canal receive the hepatitis A vaccine after potential exposure to the disease that can cause liver damage.
Anyone who ate at Fresco Italian Café on the Canal, at 340 W. Michigan Street, on Aug. 6 should consider getting a vaccine to prevent against infection, health officials say.
The one hitch: You need to do it fast, as the shot needs to be administered within two weeks of exposure.
What goes into a restaurant health inspection?
Just a few weeks ago, the Fayette Mall in Lexington closed the entire food court after dozens of people who ate there became sick with a norovirus. The health department inspected all of the restaurants before the food court reopened.
WKYT followed health inspectors as they gave a restaurant a health score and what the health department looks for in a restaurant that offers the public food in a safe manner.
Senior Environmental Health Specialist Danielle Wells said the first thing a health worker looks for in a restaurant is the hand sink.
"We find the hand sink, and we wash our hands. We definitely want to set an example for our food service employees," Wells said.
Mum and son's needle stick injury ordeal
Mum-of-three Carmel Reekie said she wanted to talk about the incident because she had struggled to get information about how to deal with a needle stick injury. Redland Hospital facility manager Susan Freiberg said staff would be educated on infection control after the incident.
Park employee diagnosed with Hep C after needle stick
Huntington’s parks have been designed to be a place of carefree joy for kids and their guardians like Ashlyn McGlown and her grandson.Word that a park worker had been stuck by needle and then diagnosed with Hepatitis C shattered that perception for many...
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Utah sees first death from West Nile virus in 2018
Utah has seen its first death of the season from West Nile virus, the Salt Lake County Health Department reported in a statement Wednesday. The person who died was "over the age of 65 and suffered from other health concerns," according to the statement. The person passed away last week and was diagnosed with a "more severe" form of West Nile virus.
Salt Lake County's statement said the death is a reminder of the seriousness of the virus. Mosquito abatement districts in the county have detected West Nile virus in 30 mosquito pools.
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|Ebola crisis worsens in Congo, health workers infected|
|Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'|
|First-in-human trial begins for live, attenuated Zika vaccine|
|NIH begins clinical trial of live, attenuated Zika vaccine|
|The CDC released new Zika virus guidelines — here's what you need to know|
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.
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:
Charging figures: Full charging - 1p to charge. Melt 300 needles - 0.5p
12.5p / kWhr
ACCIDENTAL NEEDLE STICK INJURY IN PUBLIC PLACES
In the community setting, a needle stick injury is rare and usually arises from the accidental puncturing of the skin by a syringe needle left in places such as in parks, playgrounds, laneways or public toilets. When a person experiences a needle stick injury, there may be anxiety and distress, this is a natural response when thoughts of potential infection with blood borne viruses (BBVs) such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B and C occur. The risk associated with transmission of BBVs through needle stick injuries in community settings is very low.
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