|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||September 14, 2018|
|Editorial: Signs of Progress in Opioid Fight|
|Preventing Workplace Violence in Mental Health Facilities|
|Accidental Needlesticks: The Silent Killer|
|Study Quantifies Needlestick Injury Rates for Materials Recovery Facility Workers|
|Sharps Injuries and Exposures to Blood on the Rise: Physicians Now Outpace Nurses in Reported Exposure Incidents|
|California Senate Passes Drug, Needle Take-back Program|
|The Staggering Injury Rates for Workers in Healthcare|
What to do if you find a used needle on your private property in London?
The City of London suggests using tongs to pick it up and placing in a closed container. The City of London has partnered with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection to produce a video that provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly dispose of used sharps and syringes. The video is targeted towards residents to educate them on how to safely pick up the used needles they may find on their property.
"While having written directions was helpful, being shown and having a video to show the actual steps would be more helpful," said Lynn Loubert, City of London Division Manager, Aquatics, Arenas and Attractions. "So we created this video to explain it and make it a simpler process."
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.
CoGx® InnoSafe: Greater protection against needle stick injuries
With their exposed cannulas, used syringes are a source of risk at physicians’ surgeries, laboratories, and hospitals the world over. Although existing needle protection systems reduce the risk of injury for the end user, they are more complex for pharma companies to fill and must be handled by medical specialists. With the Gx InnoSafe, Gerresheimer is now offering a syringe with an integrated passive safety system that avoids inadvertent needle stick injuries, prevents repeated use, and is designed with pharmaceutical companies’ production processes in mind as well as being optimized for simple and intuitive use by medical specialists.
Child poked by needle while sleeping in La Crosse motel
A child complained to his father about being poked by something while sleeping at the Adriatic Motel Saturday night. According to a La Crosse Police report, the father located a needle under the covers of a bed at the Adriatic Motel, 3438 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse. The child was taken to an area hospital.
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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Kids tested for HIV after touching needles found in Lethbridge playgrounds
City says supervised consumption site is not to blame for needle debris in public areas. Parents in Lethbridge, Alta., say there's growing concern over used needles in the community, with children being forced to undergo repeated blood tests to rule out infections such as HIV or hepatitis after encountering used syringes in places like school playgrounds.
Posts on social media over the past few months have shown needles found in Lethbridge playgrounds, with potentially dangerous surfaces exposed to children.
|Colorado approves $41 million settlement to treat 2,200 prisoners with chronic hepatitis C|
|Wayne County Responds To Hepatitis A Outbreak|
|French hepatitis E cases up since 2010; researchers say pork is main reservoir|
|FDA Approves New Drug For Hepatitis A And Measles Exposure|
|This Celebrity-Favorite Treatment May Have Exposed People to HIV and Hepatitis|
|Health Department Warns Utah Restaurant Patrons of Hepatitis A Exposure|
Lawsuit: Pregnant bride, guests exposed to hepatitis A at Newport reception
A Kentucky couple is suing the Newport Syndicate, charging that they and their 240 wedding guests were exposed to hepatitis A during an August reception at the banquet hall....
Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak tops 1,500 cases
The hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, which started 10 months ago and has affected 71 percent of the state’s counties, has grown to 1,562 cases through late August. This includes 63 new cases reported the week ending Aug. 25. Fifty-six percent, or 881 people required hospitalization for their illness and 12 people died. Jefferson County has accounted to 593 cases, followed by Boyd and Carter counties with 158 and 120 cases, respectively.
The increase in cases observed in Kentucky was well over the 10-year average of reported hepatitis A cases, and several cases have been infected with hepatitis A virus (HAV) strains genetically linked to outbreaks in California, Utah, and Michigan.
Two West Virginia jail inmates diagnosed with hepatitis A
Health officials in West Virginia say two jail inmates have been diagnosed with hepatitis A. News outlets report the inmates were diagnosed Friday while four other inmates were showing hepatitis A symptoms at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.
North Andover landscaper hospitalized after being pricked by hypodermic needle
A landscaper was hospitalized Tuesday after being pricked by a hypodermic needle while working in North Andover.
The landscaper was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital after being pricked by a needle while cleaning up debris outside a CVS on Route 114.
The town’s police chief said he’s concerned the man could have been infected with AIDS or Hepatitis C.
|First 2018 locally contracted case of human West Nile Virus confirmed in Washoe County|
|El Paso health officials report fifth West Nile virus case of season|
|Washoe County Human West Nile Case Most Likely Acquired Locally|
|West Nile Virus lingering in Nebraska|
|Public Health Threat Declaration for West Nile, EEE in NH|
|‘Remain vigilant:’ First human case of West Nile Virus for 2018 identified in Milwaukee|
|First two human cases of West Nile Virus reported in New Mexico|
|First Human Case Of West Nile Reported In Suffolk County|
|Delaware reports fifth human case of West Nile virus|
|Rare antibodies could be key ingredients in therapeutics capable of neutralizing many Ebola types|
|Uganda: Kabarole sets up Ebola isolation centre|
|We Need to Stop Ebola – for the Right Reasons|
|New cases of Ebola show outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet under control|
|Congo adopts innovative technology to fight new Ebola outbreak|
|Namibia Prepares for Ebola Outbreak|
|In Congo, a new and less isolating Ebola treatment center|
|Steep drop in Zika cases undermines vaccine trial|
|How the immune system protects against Zika-induced neurological symptoms|
|Why People Are Jumping to Conclusions About Meghan Markle and Zika Right Now|
|Eye Findings in Infants With Suspected or Confirmed Antenatal Zika Virus Exposure|
|Study: 1 in 7 children of Zika-infected mums have problems|
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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