|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||October 5, 2018|
|Penang first state to launch sharp object disposal campaign|
|Hair implants refusal puts company in HIV discrimination spotlight|
|California Signs Drug, Needle Take-back Program into Law|
|The safety imperative for prefilled syringes|
|B. Braun Launches Safety Engineered Port Access Needle|
|FDA finds fault with some insulin pen use directions|
Box of dozens of used syringes turned over to Homer police
A Homer-area resident turned over to police a box containing more than 100 used syringes collected on the small peninsula jutting from the town, police said.
An employee of North Star Terminal handed over the syringes earlier this month that were picked up over a few days on the Homer Spit, the Homer News reported Thursday.
It's common for people to dump syringes at the sites where they use intravenous drugs, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said. City employees also often find syringes in public restrooms, he said.
Robl advises people to use caution when finding needles because used syringes carry the risk of spreading communicable diseases like hepatitis and HIV. People can contact Homer police if they come across used syringes and are not comfortable with picking them up.
Needlesticks: Avoiding the Hazard
During her second day on the job, the newly minted RN was tending to a febrile patient in the ICU and preparing to give him a shot of insulin. Because the patient was thin, she pinched a fold of flesh on his abdomen between her thumb and forefinger, as she’d been trained to do—but when she inserted the syringe it poked right through the patient into her own finger.
“He just looked at me and said, ‘oh, honey,’” the nurse recalled in an anonymous posting in an online discussion board for nurses. “That rang in my head the whole time as I was bleeding the puncture and washing my hands. Oh honey, indeed.”
She’s not alone. Nurses, not surprisingly, comprise the largest percentage of the estimated hundreds of thousands of U.S. health care workers who experience a needlestick injury on the job every year and run the risk of acquiring more than 20 diseases, including Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Nursing students are a vulnerable group at risk of needlestick injury
Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogen is a significant risk to health-care workers. In any teaching hospital apart from regular health-care workers and employees, there are significant population of students and trainee. It is important to assess the health-care worker in hospital which has maximum chances of exposure to these pathogens.
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.
|D.C. group provides HIV testing in tent|
|$1.85 million grant supports scientist's study of tooth decay in young HIV patients|
|Starbucks workers in Seattle claim that dangerous needle pokes and HIV-prevention drugs have become a routine part of working at the coffee giant|
|Father transmits HIV to newborn son in rare case|
|Why HIV is misunderstood among UK South Asians|
|More than 600 cases of hepatitis A now reported in Louisville|
|Five Hepatitis A cases linked to New York state restaurant, official says|
|Worcester provides vaccine, education as hepatitis A cases on rise|
|What’s the Difference Between Hepatitis A, B, and C (and Should You Be Worried About Hepatitis E)?|
|Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery|
|Human Contracts First-Ever Case of Rat Hepatitis E|
|A strain of hepatitis found only in rats infected a Hong Kong man|
|Hepatitis A vaccine: Should you get it?|
|2nd person dies of West Nile in Kent County|
|Kent County death is 3rd in Michigan from West Nile virus|
|Second person dies from West Nile in Kent County|
|Second Kent County resident dies from West Nile virus|
|Fifth human West Nile virus case reported in Suffolk County|
|First West Nile-related death reported in DuPage County this year|
|DR Congo: Upsurge in Killings in ‘Ebola Zone’|
|UN calls for end to Congo fighting to combat Ebola outbreak|
|Attack on ICRC Ebola ambulance in Congo wounds three volunteers|
|In Ebola-hit DR Congo, children struggle to cope with loss|
|Officials fear Ebola epidemic may be spinning beyond their control, threatening regional spread|
|Number of hospital births decline during Ebola outbreak in Liberia|
|Eight test positive for Zika in Jaipur|
|Two Zika cases reported in Jaipur in a fortnight|
|Brazil Should Not Forget the Zika Families|
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
FDA FINDS FAULT WITH SOME INSULIN PEN USE DIRECTIONS
Confusion can arise when a patient has been taught to use one type of pen needle and then later tries to use another type. The problem may come down to the difference in design between safety pen needles commonly used in hospitals and the standard pen needles patients typically get at home.
Safety pen needles have a removable outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection. Standard devices for use at home often have an outer cover plus an inner needle cover that must be removed before injection.
Hospitals use insulin pen needles that automatically re-cover and lock the needle once it has been withdrawn from the skin to protect staff from needlestick injuries and to guard against reuse of needles, according to the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
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