Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 9, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
'Needle Know-How' webinar gets to the point
Eleven breakthroughs in science and medicine by South Africans
HMD procures 2018 Good Design Award in Japan
Winnipeg business donates protective gloves after Bear Clan member pricked by used needle
Seattle police officer pricked by used needle in city park
Toddler hurt by discarded needle in Wetherspoon pub
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards $450000 to the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation
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.
Sharps Passing Tray inService Video for Surgery
Neutray-Sharps Passing Tray-Hands free sharps transfer between the scrub and the surgeon. Innovative patented state of the art design for ultimate safety!
B. Braun Launches Safety Engineered Port Access Needle
B. Braun Medical Inc. has introduced its Surecan™ Safety II Port Access Needles, a safety engineered needle for accessing implanted intravenous ports. The safety mechanism offers a unique visual confirmation when successfully engaged. The non-coring port access needles are suitable for power injections to 325 psi.
Emergency response after girl, 3, pricked by uncapped needle on Glasgow bus
The girl, 3, was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow after the incident on board the number 61 bus in Summerston on Monday afternoon.
The Evening Times understands that the youngster, who was with her mother, was jagged by the needle as she placed her hand on the seat to get off the bus. At least two other needles were spotted behind the seat on the service.
Passenger Jacqui Gallacher 48, from Summerston, comforted the girl and her mother as emergency services were called to the scene at Rothes Drive near Asda.
UK: Confusion over what to do with sharps bins in the Fens after new ruling says you can no longer take to GP surgeries or chemists
A woman who injects a chemotherapy drug, that is potentially fatal in the wrong dose, is worried about infection control and safety when patients can no longer take their sharps bins to their local GP surgery for disposal. Local councils are set to take responsibility for sharps bin disposal next year as part of a UK-wide NHS policy change but already it is in place at the George Clare surgery in Chatteris, the woman says.
The woman, who inject methotrexate, a drug prescribed for cancer and arthritis patients, said: “I went to take my bin to the George Clare surgery and was told I have to get in touch with the council.
“If the council sets up a door to door collection, as has been suggested this is unsafe. My front door is straight on to the pathway used by students at Cromwell.
Seattle officer treated after used needle goes through shoe
A veteran Seattle police officer is being treated after stepping on a used syringe in a city park. KOMO-TV reports the officer is a member of the city's Navigation Team that deals with street campers, the mentally ill and drug addicts on a daily basis.Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says the incident is "100 percent scary."
The unidentified officer was walking with Baker Park on Crown Hill last week when the needle went through his shoe. Whitcomb did not know what kind of shoe he was wearing.
From the Archives - Stuck by a Needle, Not by a Decision
I didn’t think it would happen to me so soon, just a few months after beginning my second career as a nurse. I stuck my thumb with a large-bore needle filled with the blood of a patient with hepatitis C who had come to the emergency room with abdominal pain.
This happened with a 10-milliliter syringe I was using to transfer blood from one tube into another. I was trained not to do this; it was a bad idea. But I put my patient’s comfort above my own safety: when I learned an extra blood test had been ordered, I hoped to save him the pain of a second needle stick.
I thought better of my decision to make the transfer and hesitated — just as I noticed the needle bending while I struggled to pierce the tough rubber top of the specimen tube. Two drops of blood came out of the tip of the needle. Afterwards, I saw one bloody smudge on my glove; I feared the other drop had gone into my thumb.
I froze, breathless.
Dublin: Waste worker lost partner after prick from needle on job
A waste management worker, who claimed a new relationship he was in ended after he suffered a needle stick injury to his hand, has settled a damages claim against Dublin City Council.
Gavin Geraghty alleged in the €60,000 damages claim that, when he helped a fellow worker lift a heavy sack of refuse a needle attached to a syringe went right through his left hand.
Recent incarceration associated with increased risk for HIV, HCV
Vaccine against HIV to Be Tested in Seven African Countries
How African Scientists Are Testing Cheaper, Faster Ways To Test For Malaria, Pregnancy, HIV Success
More than 200 people vaccinated so far after hepatitis A exposure at SouthPark restaurant
Hundreds get vaccinated after second hepatitis A scare in less than five months
Dozens visit Mecklenburg County Health Department for Hepatitis A vaccination after potential exposure in SouthPark
Two cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Warren
Hepatitis A linked to Charlotte's Village Tavern, vaccinations encouraged
Record number of Hepatitis A cases affecting Cuyahoga County
Kent County considered hepatitis A outbreak area
The number of cases of people infected with hepatitis B rose by 9% last year, although the health authorities say that infection levels of the potentially fatal disease remain low here.
New figures published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show the number of notifications of the infection rose by 9% last year to 532, from 487 cases in 2016.
However, the HPSC said the prevalence of hepatitis B in the general population in Ireland remains low, at less than 1%. This is similar to most other northern European countries.
Hamburger Mary's worker tests positive for Hepatitis A; customers urged to get vaccinated
Health officials identified a positive case of Hepatitis A in a person who worked at Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grill.
Utah man dies from rabies; first in state in 74 years
A Moroni man has died from rabies, the first death of its kind in Utah since 1944.
Gary Giles, 55, died Sunday, but struggled for weeks with an slowly progressing disease that doctors couldn't stop from infecting his brain and other organs, ultimately leading to his death.
He and his wife, Juanita Giles, didn't realize that the bats that had frequented their home were carriers of a rabid and highly contagious virus.
"The bats never hurt us, and we were always catching them in our hands and releasing them outside because you hear all the time about how bats are good for the insect population, and you don't want to hurt them," Giles said Thursday.
"The bats would lick our fingers, almost like they could taste the saltiness of our fingers, but they never bit us."
Greenwood Co. officials confirm finding of another West Nile case
Flower Mound resident is second in Denton County to get West Nile virus
Worst season ever for West Nile in Conn.
Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Leon County
Local doctors warn people about West Nile Virus after one confirmed case in North Myrtle Beach
West Nile Virus found in Lockhart
First West Nile Virus Case Appears In King County
African Countries Intensify Vigilance on Ebola
Ebola vaccine technology could speed up development of other vaccines
Uganda Finalizes Plans to Vaccinate Front-line Health Workers against Ebola
In 'Survivors' documentary on Ebola, Sierra Leoneans finally have their say
Zambia heightens its capacity for preventing and responding to the threat of an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease
DRC: Ebola update - October 2018
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This Prenatal Blood Screening May Predict Birth Defects From Zika Virus
Scientists discover biomarkers for Zika-related birth defects
Caribbean Says Zika No Longer an Issue. Doctors Say Not So Fast
Are wild monkeys becoming a reservoir for Zika virus in the Americas?
Zika publicity has faded, but the health threat remains real
Healthcare, like every other area, has its own risks. In the case of healthcare, the risks have to be contained well because of the obvious fact that any unseen or unaddressed risk can be a potential source of danger to the patient’s health or very life. This is the most urgent need for addressing risk management issues in healthcare.
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More than 1,200 NHS staff have won compensation after being injured by needles potentially infected with HIV or hepatitis over the past six years.
Official figures reveal an “unacceptable” picture of widespread failures to dispose of needles safely, resulting in pay-outs of at least £4,077,441 since 2012.
Hospitals are under a strict legal obligation to dispose of syringes safely, usually by means of a solid, brightly marked “sharps” bin, which doctors and nurses should ensure are close at hand before administering injections.
However, data from NHS Resolution, the body that handles negligence claims against trusts, shows there were 1,833 claims for so-called needlestick injuries between 2012 and 2017.
Surgery is becoming ever more sophisticated and complex, and the rise of the super-specialist surgeon complements a modern world in which what we know about the human body is constantly evolving and improving.
But the success of surgery is never guaranteed, no matter the skill of the doctor of the seeming straightforwardness of a patient’s case. Complications arise. Some of them are avoidable. That is why risk management is vital. An interesting tool for risk management in a medical setting looks deceptively simple: a checklist.
The WHO Surgical Safety checklist
Dr Atul Gawande, renowned surgeon and public health leader details the usefulness of a checklist in his bestselling book The Checklist Manifesto. Tasked by the World Health Organisation to come up with a programme to improve the rate of avoidable deaths and harm from surgery, Dr Gawande and his team set out to investigate how checklists could be used in medicine.
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  • 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


Middleton police put out a child safety alert Thursday after a syringe was found in a trick-or-treater’s bag of Halloween candy. 
Police said the item was an iSecure sample of training syringe. The family had been trick-or-treating in the Foxridge neighborhood Wednesday. 
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Harmful infection practices have affected about 150,000 patients since 2001 and caused about 50 documented outbreaks of bacterial infections or viral hepatitis, according to the CDC.
Here are three ways hospitals can promote safe injection practices, as cited by Pharmacy Times:
1. Educate nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with an initial orientation and an annual training on safe infection practices. Hospitals should "assess and reinforce practitioner competence associated with even the most basic concepts of infection control and aseptic technique," according to Pharmacy Times.
2. Review policies and procedures related to safe injection practices, ensuring they coincide with current federal practice guidelines.
3. Monitor employees' adherence to proper injection techniques in all relevant healthcare settings to help identify unsafe injection practices or instances of syringe reuse.
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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
Safe, efficient disposal
Color coded for gauge size
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
Figures show the importance of controlling hazards, as European Health and Safety Week gets under way
Almost two thirds of workers who successfully claim compensation for needlestick injuries are cleaners – mainly because the needles weren’t correctly disposed.
“These figures are a timely reminder of the risks to health and safety posed by used needlesticks, and how they can affect staff in all sectors, and not just clinical staff,” warned UNISON assistant national health and safety officer Robert Baughan.
He was speaking at the start of European Health and Safety Week, which focuses this year on hazardous substances.
A UNISON analysis of nearly 100 successful compensation claims for needlestick injuries lodged by union members over the five years showed that 62% of them came from cleaning staff in all sectors, including health, social care, education and local government.
Three quarter of the injuries came from incorrectly sorted needlesticks, or ones that weren’t disposed of correctly. The rest came from discarded needles. None of the needlesticks concerned were safety devices.
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Unsafe injection practices have affected over 150,000 patients since 2001 and have led to more than 50 documented outbreaks of bacterial infections or viral hepatitis, according to the CDC.
Although many practitioners follow the CDC’s safe injection practices guidelines, the results of a survey of more than 5000 practitioners about the use of needles, syringes, and vials suggest that some may be placing patients at risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases. One percent of the survey respondents admitted to always or sometimes reusing a syringe for more than 1 patient.
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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
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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On Sept. 24, the first widespread inquiry into how thousands of people in the United Kingdom received contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s began with a preliminary hearing and a commemoration event dedicated to the victims. The inquiry will look into whether drug companies or government agencies knew the blood products were contaminated at the time they were being used, whether victims were tested or treated without their consent, and whether documents were destroyed in an attempt to cover up the truth.
About 5,000 hemophiliacs in the UK contracted hepatitis C and 1,200 of them also contracted HIV after receiving contaminated blood or blood products. Many of them went on to unknowingly pass these diseases to their spouses and partners, as well as to their own children. Sir Brian Langstaff, chair of the inquiry, has said that as many as 25,000 people could have been harmed by the tainted blood products and that at least 2,400 people have already died as a result.
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Standard precautions include hand hygiene, use of protective equipment, cough etiquette, sharps safety, safe injection practices, sterile instruments and disinfected environmental surfaces.
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There have been epidemics of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in many parts of the country due attributable to reuse of syringes and needles
To encourage the usage of safety engineered devices, BD is organizing a ‘Santa Says…Stay Sharp Be Safe’ pan India campaign.
Aligned with its commitment towards safety of healthcare workers, the campaign will run during December 20-31 to spread awareness of healthcare worker safety across hospitals such as Medanta, Gangaram, Artemis, Columbia Asia, Apollo, PSRI, ESI, BLKapur to name a few in Delhi.
Realising the occupational hazards faced by workers in a healthcare setup, BD had initiated this campaign last year. This year, the campaign focuses on the issues faced by healthcare workers – needle stick injuries including exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, being the most highest of all.
According to a study, India contributes to 30% of the 16 billion injections administered worldwide. Sadly, of these, 63% are estimated to be unsafe due to improper sterilization, reuse or faulty administration, making them a leading cause of infection to healthcare workers.
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