Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 26, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needle exchange program a concern for Kingston-area correctional service officers
The global Needle Destroyer Market has been segmented on the basis of product, end users, and geography.
The global prevalence of diabetes mellitus continues to increase, with prevalence of more than 366 million patients ...
The media need to stop bashing doctors
Infection fears after police officer pricked by used syringe during arrest
Boy, 2, forced to have HIV test after finding dirty needle in Wetherspoons pub
Toddler hurt by discarded needle in Wetherspoon pub
Needlestick injuries common in trash and recycling facilities: report
RedHawk buys needle destruction technology
The safety imperative for prefilled syringes
Governor Brown Signs into Law a Statewide Drug and Needle Take-Back Program to Be Paid for by Producers
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.
Infection fears after police officer pricked by used syringe during arrest-The officer now faces an agonising wait to see if he has been infected with any diseases or viruses
A police officer faces an agonising wait to find out if he has been infected, after suffering a "needle stick" injury while making an arrest in Coventry. Officers were on patrol in Middle Ride, Willenhall , when they spotted a man who was wanted on suspicion of a number of offences.
But after arresting the man, an officer had his finger pricked with a used needle while searching him. It is believed that the incident took place on the evening of Saturday, October 20.
Chang School removes assignment dropbox after used syringes found inside
The Chang School assignment dropbox was removed after needles were found inside it twice in AugustChang School students have one less option when it comes to submitting assignments this year, after used syringes were found in the Victoria Street building’s dropbox over the summer.
The university officially removed the dropbox on Aug. 13, which was located outside on the north side of the Chang School near Lake Devo, after needles were found in the box on two separate occasions one week earlier. Instead of dropping off assignments in the physical box, students have to submit work online via Brightspace by D2L or email, or by physical hard-copy to instructors. “We found [needles] in Lake Devo in the water area behind the Chang School, we found them near the rocks. We’d have camps of kids here sometimes, even young people take their shoes off. So it’s a bad situation for all,” said Marie Bountrogianni, the dean of the Chang School.
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
2019 Budget: FG To Improve Allocations For HIV, TB, Malaria
How does HIV exposure impact uninfected babies?
Hispanics With HIV Face Higher Risk for HPV-Related Cancer
Kenya Wins Accolades for Effective HIV Fight
Showers of Praises Rain on Kenya For HIV Fight
“My ex threatened to shoot me” – Is stigma stopping black African women from taking HIV tests?
HPTN 075 study demonstrates high rate of HIV infection among African MSM and TGW
HEPATITIS
CDC Panel Backs Routine Hepatitis A Shots for Homeless
Hepatitis A outbreak means more are seeking vaccines in Whitley County
Hamburger Mary's worker tests positive for Hepatitis A; customers urged to get vaccinated
What is the difference between hepatitis B and C?
Hepatitis A outbreak grows to 134 cases in Nashville
Hepatitis A outbreak reported in Orange County among homeless, drug users
CDC Committee Recommends Routine Hepatitis A Vaccination For Homeless People
Expert panel urges hepatitis A shots for homeless in U.S.
WEST NILE
Dunwoody resident dies from West Nile virus
West Nile virus found in more parts of Palm Beach County
Scott County Baseball Coach Diagnosed With West Nile Virus
West Nile discovered in Leon County
Oklahoma mom warns parents of mosquitos after son hospitalized with West Nile
Record Number of West Nile Virus Infections Reported in US
West Nile tech may return
Two more cases of West Nile virus reported in Suffolk County
Record numbers of West Nile virus cases reported in parts of US
EBOLA
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital holds Ebola transport drill
At a dangerous point in the Ebola outbreak, residents increase cooperation with containment efforts
An Ebola Outbreak in a War Zone Is About as Bad as It Gets
Wave of rebel attacks leads to surge in DRC Ebola cases
Ebola's Neurological Effects Persist Years After Acute Infection
WHO: 'Very Serious' Ebola Situation in Eastern DRC
Violence hinders Ebola response in Congo
Ebola outbreak in Congo: things are getting worse
ZIKA VIRUS
Zika Cases In Florida Climb To 84
New Zika Warning Issued After Cases Seen in Mexico Near Arizona Border
Officials remind pregnant women to avoid Zika-affected areas
India wrestles with first significant outbreak of Zika virus
The Relationship Between the Zika Virus and Climate Change, Explained
This Is How Meghan Markle Is Avoiding Zika Fears During Her Royal Tour Stop in Fiji
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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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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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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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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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.

 
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.
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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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
 
NEEDLES, NEEDLES EVERYWHERE. IDEAS FOR RIDDING VANCOUVER OF THEM? NOT SO MANY
Vancouver clearly has a serious problem with used, discarded needles, as evidenced by the fact that on a daily basis, nearly 1,000 discarded needles are collected off the ground in many of the city's 230 parks and other areas by public workers. But there are many more that aren't picked up.
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HAND PROTECTION: NEEDLESTICK GLOVE - CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
HexArmor’s PointGuard 4045 glove provides the highest needlestick resistance available by the layering of SuperFabric brand material. It is tested using actual 25 gauge needles against ANSI/ISEA 105 standard, and it meets ANSI/ISEA Cut Level A7 and Needlestick Level 3 at the fingertips
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WHY DO SOME VACCINES HURT MORE THAN OTHERS?
If you’ve gotten a flu vaccine lately, you probably felt a sharp needle prick and then a little sting. For a few days after, your arm may have been sore, or you may have felt a bit worse than normal following the vaccine. Compared to other kinds of vaccines, it may have hurt more than some, but not as much as others.
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