Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 5, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
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.
HIV
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
HEPATITIS
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?
WEST NILE
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
EBOLA
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
ZIKA VIRUS
Eight test positive for Zika in Jaipur
Two Zika cases reported in Jaipur in a fortnight
Brazil Should Not Forget the Zika Families
IN THE NEWS
SAFETY SHARPS: WHAT’S THE POINT?
Mayo Clinic is passionate about reducing employee exposures to blood-borne pathogens and has established the Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure Reduction Subcommittee (BBPERS) to oversee the program. There are various members who represent areas of the practice that are most likely impacted by blood-borne pathogens, including nursing, occupational health, infection prevention and control, occupational safety, as well as research and clinical laboratories. BBPERS acquires, evaluates, records, tracks exposure events and their causes, and identifies and promotes safer products and work practices
 
Mayo Clinic is passionate about reducing employee exposures to blood-borne pathogens and has established the Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure Reduction Subcommittee (BBPERS) to oversee the program. There are various members who represent areas of the practice that are most likely impacted by blood-borne pathogens, including nursing, occupational health, infection prevention and control, occupational safety, as well as research and clinical laboratories. BBPERS acquires, evaluates, records, tracks exposure events and their causes, and identifies and promotes safer products and work practices
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VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
  • 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

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH YOUR MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL COMPANY?
 
 
 
 
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
 
Non-reusable
 
Safe, efficient disposal
 
Color coded for gauge size
 
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
THE SAFETY IMPERATIVE FOR PRE-FILLED SYRINGES
The spreading of needlestick legislation throughout the world, together with the growing concern of several organizations about the prevention of needlestick injuries have been threatening the utility of the prefilled syringe itself. Although the convenience of the prefilled, ready-to-use syringes is a matter of fact, the absence of safety-engineered needlestick protection would represent an actual problem in its usage.
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SOME QUICK STATISTICS ON SHARPS INJURIES HERE ARE SOME QUICK STATS REGARDING SHARPS INJURIES IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY – HOSPITALS, CLINICS, AND FACILITIES.
Scalpel cuts are the second most common injury in the operating theatres, accounting for 7% of the total number of reported injuries. Risks from the scalpel cuts have been documented including infection by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, physical trauma, psychological trauma.
 
The cost of an uncomplicated injury has been estimated from US$500 to US$2,000 and from US$50,000 to US$100,000 for an injury requiring microsurgery up to 3 months of recovery.
 
The highest cost that has been reported was US$12.2 million to pay for a doctor who contracted HIV from a sharp injury.
 
World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that among healthcare workers worldwide, approximately 3 million experienced percutaneous injuries each year and out of those injured 70,000, 15,000, and 500 respectively were likely to be infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV virus.
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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:
  • 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
 
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.
INFECTED BLOOD VICTIMS 'MAY STILL NOT KNOW THEY HAVE HEPATITIS C'
Inquiry into NHS scandal hears that more than 25,000 people may have been infected
Thousands of victims of contaminated blood may not yet have been told the reasons why they are feeling unwell, the chair of the inquiry into the NHS scandal has said.
 
Formally opening the infected blood inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff said that many people may not have been diagnosed with hepatitis C which they acquired through blood transfusions received when they were younger.
 
“It is a truly sobering thought,” he said, “that if some claims are well-founded – and it will be for this inquiry to find out if they are – there may yet be many thousands more who do not feel well but have not yet been told that the reason for this is that their life is threatened by hepatitis C … [It is] a sobering thought that the consequences of what was done then may be continuing to cause death even now.”
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