|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||November 9, 2018|
|'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|
IRELAND: HEPATITIS B CASES ROSE BY 9% LAST YEAR
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|
|Why Are People So Angry At Ebola Responders In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo?|
|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|
NHS FORCED TO PAY COMPENSATION TO 1,200 STAFF WORRIED THEY HAVE BEEN INFECTED AFTER NEEDLE PRICK
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.
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
DID YOU KNOW? PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES PDF FILE
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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