Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 31, 2018
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Needlestick injuries: NHS trusts fail to comply with rules
NHS trusts are still not complying with “safer sharps” rules, research has argued, which is potentially putting NHS employees at unnecessary risk of needlestick injuries and blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.
The study from research organisation MindMetre has suggested that many NHS trusts are flouting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, which explicitly recommend that trusts should adopt sharps that incorporate safety mechanisms “where it is reasonably practicable to do so”.
The study examined purchasing volumes of safer sharps across the UK NHS acute sector, with data collected through Freedom of Information requests, between January to May 2015 and August to September 2015
VIDEO: Needlestick injuries costing NHS millions of pounds
According to the NHS Resolution’s annual report and accounts (2016/ 2017), it received 1,833 incident claims for needlestick injuries between 2012 and 2017 (fiscal years).
Of these, the 1,213 successful claims cost the NHS £4,077,441, but a UK-based company, NeedleSmart is now offering a technological solution to reduce injuries and costs – which is reported at more than 100,000 in the UK.
The new needle disposal technology, which can be used in hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries, takes a used hypodermic needle and transforms it into a sterile, non-sharp needle – in seconds.
NeedleSmart chief executive Cliff Kirby said the technology also has data benefits.
“Utilising the in-product Smart Technology, we can record the number of needles processed, types of needles and frequency of needles enabling real-time data.”
“This data can then be used for supple chain activity at source or a later date.”
Delafield Police Department becomes first in Wisconsin to use Needle Shark disposal system
The City of Delafield Police Department recently received donations to purchase two Needle Sharks.  The Needle Shark is a safe disposal system for needles.
The devices were purchased thanks to donations from Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc and PRO1TEK in Hartland.
The Delafield Police Department is the first police department to deploy the Needle Shark in Wisconsin. These devices will allow safe disposal of needles. The needles are shredded so they can no longer be used, which also reduces the chances of needle stick injuries. Shredding the needles reduces waste an ...
‘Medical waste segregation at source, disinfection is a must’
Wastes generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories can be considered as medical waste. Generally, medical waste is healthcare waste that that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials and is often referred to as regulated medical waste.  
“Unfortunately there are no autonomous truck services at the municipalities to transfer medical waste produced at health care facilities,” ISNA news agency quoted Mohsen Farhadi as saying on Friday. 
Moreover, even if [hazardous and non-hazardous] waste is segregated at source they will be mixed again while being transferred [to the landfills], so that physicians and nurses are not motivated enough to segregate the waste, Farhadi regretted. 
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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At least nine people may have died because the health service kept using instruments which were given one star safety rating out of five - At least nine people died because the NHS used syringe pumps that did not meet internationally approved safety standards in a bid to save cash, it has been claimed.
Thousands of lives were put at risk as Britain’s health service continued to use equipment other countries had banned, an investigation by The Sunday Times reports.
Experts say the number of fatalities linked to the pumps may actually be many times higher – but no record was ever made because of “institutional indifference” to elderly patients in their final days.
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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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  • 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


A blood filled syringe sits nestled in the grass behind the old Shoppers Drug Mart at the corner of Charlotte and Aylmer streets.
It’s the first of many used needles seen littered throughout downtown Peterborough. Most are off the beaten path, and out of sight from pedestrian traffic, but one is just a 100 feet away from a children’s play centre at the Simcoe and Bethune Street Park. Another one is just a foot away from being stepped on by citizens using the path along Jackson Creek between Charlotte Street and the King Street parking garage. Several syringes are lodged between rock cuts along the Otonabee River adjacent to Millennium Park.  According to Peterborough public works manager Brain Jobbitt, the city is picking up an increased number of discarded syringes.
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Needlestick injuries are a common occupational hazard in the hospital setting. According to the International Health Care Worker Safety Center (IHCWSC), approximately 295,000 hospital-based healthcare workers experience occupational percutaneous injuries annually. In 1991, Mangione et al surveyed internal-medicine house staff and found an annual incidence of 674 needlestick injuries per 1,000 participants.1 Other retrospective data estimate this risk to be as high as 839 per 1,000 healthcare workers annually.2 Evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2004 suggests that because these are only self-reported injuries, the annual incidence of such injuries is in fact much higher than the current estimates suggest.
More than 20 bloodborne pathogens  might be transmitted from contaminated needles or sharps, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). A quick and appropriate response to a needlestick injury can greatly decrease the risk of disease transmission following an occupational exposure to potentially infectious materials.
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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
Safe, efficient disposal
Color coded for gauge size
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
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
Despite it being nearly 20 years since the signing of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) into law, about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among healthcare workers in hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidental needlesticks can expose clinicians to various diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis, diphtheria, herpes, malaria and tuberculosis. Nurses who handle dirty linens and waste containers are at particular risk of these injuries and are encouraged to advocate for the institution of safety measures in workplaces where there is occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, as expressed by the NSPA. Even when safety measures are instituted, nurses can never be too careful about taking precautions on a daily basis, say nurses who recently spoke with ...
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Healthcare professionals consistently place the wellbeing of patients before their own, but at what cost? The rapidly expanding Australian healthcare and social assistance network aims to heal and cure, so it seems contrary and unacceptable that nurses, midwives, paramedics and other medical staff should suffer some of the highest rates of workplace injury in the country.   Why healthcare workers are at risk of injuryPhysician, heal thyself is a proverb worth emulating if we are to have a healthy healthcare workforce. There is no escaping the fact that hospital and medical environments suffer from inherent dangers, but while putting one’s life on the line to save the life of another is a noble objective, the profession would be more attractive without the risks.
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