|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||December 7, 2018|
|Blood Collection Tubes Market – Substantial Rise in Industrial Sectors to Offer Growth Prospects by 2026|
|Smart Insulin Pens Market to Grow at a CAGR of 23.2% through 2027|
|Retractable Technologies, Inc. Announces Results as of September 30, 2018|
|'Needle Know-How' webinar gets to the point|
|Eleven breakthroughs in science and medicine by South Africans|
|Seattle police officer pricked by used needle in city park|
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."
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.
Needle stick injuries in the community
Injury from used needles and syringes found in community settings arouses much concern, especially when children find discarded needles and injure themselves while playing with them. The user is generally unknown, and parents and health care providers fear that the needle may have been discarded by an injection drug user with a blood-borne infection. Although the actual risk of infection from such an injury is extremely low, the perception of risk by parents results in much anxiety. Evaluation, counselling, and follow-up with parents and the child are needed.
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.
Diabetics Need More Than A Flu Shot
When diabetics get their annual flu shot, they should discuss a complete immunization review with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This is the advice from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), who is strongly encouraging all diabetics to be fully protected before the flu season...
|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|
HEALTH WARNING HIV epidemic as Eastern Europe sees its highest ever rate of infection and health bosses warn more must be done to combat its spread
The United Nations AIDS agency UNAIDS warned in July that complacency was starting to stall the fight against the global epidemic, with the pace of progress not matching what is needed.
|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.
Association of workload on occupational needlestick injuries
Blood and body fluid exposures had the highest prevalence (47.4%) among all injuries. Needlestick injuries showed a significant relation with gender, age, number of shifts in a month and work experience. With increase in mental workload, needlestick injuries increase by 35%. Also, injuries reported by nurses working in rotating shifts were 15%-53% more than nurses working in fixed shifts.
CONCLUSION: Working in rotating shifts and work overload was significantly related to all injuries. Decreasing nurses’ mental workload, introducing guidelines and efficient training in shift work schedules can help decrease occupational injuries among nurses.
Diabetes in the UK
Position Statement: Safe disposal of sharps used by people with diabetes
Many people with diabetes need to use sharps, such as insulin syringes and fingertip lancing devices, to treat and manage their condition. These sharps need to be disposed of safely to minimise the risk of accidental injury or the spreading of infectious diseases. To encourage and enable responsible behaviour, sharps disposal should be as easy as possible and take into account the preferences of people with diabetes.
Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow in Northern Kentucky, health officials say
There is a serious health warning in Northern Kentucky Friday night, one that could potentially affect everyone in the region.
Novel Test Method for the Evaluation of Fluid Leakage at the Glove-Gown Interface and Investigation of Test Parameters
Exposure to patients' blood/body fluids could be life-affecting, when providing care to patients with infectious diseases. Although the glove-gown interface is considered one of the weakest points of the protective ensemble system, there is a lack of research, and existing standards do not provide much guidance on strategies to minimize gaps between the gowns and gloves. Currently, there is no known standard test method to evaluate fluid leakage or assess performance improvements with new gowns/gloves.
|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?|
Ebola epicentre hit with malaria outbreak amid fears of DOUBLE epidemic
AN EBOLA-ravaged region has now been hit with a malaria outbreak, with health authorities scrambling to prevent a double epidemic.Around 421 people have contracted ebola in the latest outbreak to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been described as the biggest in the country’s history. More than half of the infected have died, with 241 suspected ebola fatalities. And to make matters worse, the region has now been hit with a malaria spike.
|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:
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