|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||September 7, 2018|
|Study sheds light on needlestick injuries at MRFs|
|Sharps Injuries and Exposures to Blood on the Rise: Physicians Now Outpace Nurses in Reported Exposure Incidents|
|Hepatitis B and Hepatitis D|
|Truth about clinical waste|
|New study from EREF, in collaboration with SWANA, quantifies needlestick injury rates for MRF workers|
|Delafield Police Department becomes first in Wisconsin to use Needle Shark disposal system|
|The Staggering Injury Rates for Workers in Healthcare|
|Needle stick incident devastates family|
|School needle stick incident devastates family|
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.”
Sharps injuries – are you at risk?
Standardised monitoring of sharps injuries is largely overlooked in the Australian healthcare industry even though healthcare workers suffer as many as 18,500 sharps injuries each year. Because not all injuries are reported, it’s estimated that actual numbers could be twice the amount. It’s been more than 10 years since the statistic for needlestick injuries (NSIs) among Australian healthcare workers was identified, and despite calls for policy reform including routine NSI monitoring and mandated use of safety engineered devices (SEDs), Australia remains one of the few developed countries without legislation or jurisdictional directives mandating comprehensive adoption and use of SEDs.
Study examines needlestick injury rates within MRFs
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Raleigh, North Carolina, has collaborated with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, on a study that examines the rate at which material recovery facility (MRF) workers are stuck by needles.The study indicates a needlestick injury rate of 2.7 per 100 workers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2016 data, MRF injuries (including non-needlestick related) occur at a rate of 6 per 100 workers, suggesting 45 percent of MRF injuries could be attributed to needlesticks.
This study surveyed MRF owners on needlestick occurrences at their facilities, an area in which little data exists, EREF says. The survey, which was initiated online with follow-up calls and emails for additional information, includes responses from 35 MRFs across the U.S. and Canada. Fifty-three percent of these facilities noted having simply observed needles daily or a few times per week. Over half of the facilities observed them mixed with plastics. Because of their direct contact with waste material, MRF picking line workers experienced the highest number of incidences at a rate of 3.9 per 100 workers.
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.
|Annual HIV report highlights disparities, declining numbers|
|Dozens at North Dakota's first-ever walk for HIV|
|In Côte d'Ivoire, a plan to reach at-risk men for HIV testing|
|HIV diagnoses fall to their lowest level in the UK since 2000|
Every Vaccine You Need After Age 50
If you've lost track of which shot you last got — or are worried you don't know the latest about something like the new shingles vaccine — check out this list of what you need, when
For many of us, the word “vaccination” conjures images of dreaded trips to the pediatrician decades ago. But it’s not all about the kids. Adults — yes, even those 50 and older — need a poke to protect against serious, and potentially lethal, diseases. Protection from some of the vaccines you received as a child can wear off over time, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sometimes change. “There are new vaccines that have come out in the past several years, specifically aimed at older adults,” says Morgan Katz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Sharps Injuries And Exposures To Blood On The Rise: Physicians Now Outpace Nurses In Reported Exposure Incidents
Occupational exposure surveillance data collected by the International Safety Center from healthcare centers in the US reveal that workers have suffered an increase in needlesticks, sharps injuries, and blood and body fluid exposures (BBFEs) at work. These avoidable incidents can lead to the transmission of dangerous pathogens like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, measles and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
More injuries are occurring with sutures, reusable scalpels, between steps of a multi-step procedure, and in the operating room (OR). Find more details about the surveillance data at www.internationalsafetycenter.org.
|State, county health departments’ new program to target hepatitis A|
|State working to eliminate Hepatitis C as public health problem|
|Hardee’s hepatitis scare sent 2,000 for treatment. Now, customers seek damages.|
|Adult At Bellevue Middle School Diagnosed With Hepatitis A|
|Lawsuit: Pregnant bride, guests exposed to hepatitis A at Newport reception|
|Wayne County still in Top 10 nationally for hepatitis A cases|
|Newlyweds sues Newport Syndicate over hepatitis A|
|Bellevue Middle School employee tests positive for Hepatitis A|
|Hepatitis A in the Homeless|
HCV Infection Burden Among People Who Inject Drugs Varies By Country
The study authors state these data can be used to develop a tailored approach to the elimination of hepatitis C virus infection, worldwide.
Hardee’s hepatitis scare sent 2,000 for treatment. Now, customers seek damages.
A Hepatitis scare in June at a Hardee’s in west Charlotte that led to the treatment of thousands of customers has now spurred a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant owners.The complaint, originally filed in Mecklenburg County, surfaced in federal court on Friday. In it, two Hardee’s customers who say they ate at the restaurant on Little Rock Road after an employee was found to be infected with Hepatitis A accuse the owners of negligence and other failings. 4,000 people who ate at Hardee's near airport at risk for hepatitis A, county says. They want damages “in excess of $25,000” on each of three counts, the lawsuit says.
3 deaths reported in waning Utah hepatitis A outbreak
A Utah hepatitis A outbreak has killed three people since spreading from San Diego last year, but it's on the wane even as other states deal with similar outbreaks, health officials said Thursday.
The Utah outbreak of the virus began last year among Salt Lake City's homeless population and illicit drug users, and there were fears it could jump to the general population after restaurant and convenience-store workers were infected.
No new cases were discovered in connection with food handlers after a public push to check thousands of customers who visited the restaurants, epidemiologists said.
|First ever case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Charlotte County|
|Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Charlotte County|
|State reports third human case of West Nile virus|
|More West Nile Virus found in Linwood, Northfield mosquitos|
|Lafayette man with West Nile was at Hackberry camp when he became ill|
|Nebraska man claims missed West Nile diagnosis left him paralyzed|
|DR Congo's 'Ebola war' up against traditional beliefs|
|Ebola Triggers Alarms in Congolese City of Beni|
|In eastern DRC, nearly 2.5 million people reached in effort to contain Ebola outbreak|
|Eastern Congo has new Ebola case in city of 1.4 million|
|Congo records first Ebola case in major eastern city of Butembo|
|Ebola fear empties DR Congo village schools|
|New Ebola Virus Found in Bats|
|Join our upcoming chat: Ebola, vaccines, and a new epidemic|
|Rebels ambush South African peacekeepers in Congo Ebola zone|
|Blood tests reveal broad extent of Zika infection|
|Zika Cases Continue Inching Up In Florida|
|More Problems for Zika Babies|
|How close are we to a vaccine 2 years after the Zika outbreak?|
|Zika Virus Update: What You Still Need to Know|
MEET THE FORGOTTEN SCIENTIST WHO INVENTED THE MEASLES VACCINE
Jonas Salk gained worldwide fame for his polio vaccine; Louis Pasteur is remembered, among other things, for developing a vaccine against rabies, and Edward Jenner's name is forever connected to vaccination against smallpox. But history barely remembers the microbiologist who, arguably, saved more lives than any other doctor or medical researcher of the 20th century (and who continues to save millions every year despite having been dead since 2005). His name is Maurice R. Hilleman, and during his 40-year career, he developed over 40 human and animal vaccines (that's roughly a vaccine per year, for those of you playing at home), including the ones for chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, measles, meningitis, mumps, rubella, and several strains of the flu virus. The measles vaccine alone prevents an estimated 1 million deaths from the once-common disease every year.
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
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