Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 5, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlesticks Underreported - Lawyers.com Blog
Townsville correctional officers walk off the job after needlestick assault from prisoner - Courier Mail
The first time a vandal strikes: Sharps boxes strewn across the car park - New Zealand Doctor Online
Syringe kiosks installed around Cherokee tribal lands - Cherokee One Feather
Needle-free IV Connectors Market To Mirror A Worldwide Expansion Throughout 2018 – 2026 - Business Herald
Chemo Is 'Invisible Threat' to Cancer Clinic Staff - Medscape
Educate to Prevent Needlestick Injuries - Pork Magazine
Practice needle know-how - National Hog Farmer
5 of the biggest issues nurses face today - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Police union wants mandatory disease testing after needlestick injuries - Courier Mail
Winneshiek County landfill bans medical sharps in safety move
NEAR DECORAH, Iowa (KWWL) – How you dispose of sharps like medical syringes has changed for Winneshiek County and some surrounding areas.  In the middle of 2018, the Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency passed a resolution banning sharps from going into the Winneshiek County Sanitary Landfill in a move to make working conditions safer. The ban went into effect January 1, 2019.
Needlestick Injuries
Raleigh, NC reported an estimated 781 to 1,484 needlestick-related injuries-a rate of 2.7 per 100 workers-occur annually at solid waste and recycling material recovery facilities. Researchers surveyed the owners of material recovery facilities in North America about needlestick incidents, which can expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Based on the 35 responses received, the researchers determined that 53 percent of the facilities see syringe needles daily or a few times a week, and more than half find needles mixed in with plastics.  Workers on the picking line experienced the highest rate of needlestick-related incidents because of their direct contact with waste material. The researchers also found that needlestick-related injuries may account for 45 percent of all injuries at material recovery facilities.
HSSE World
This video depicts the emotional impact of needle stick injuries to health care workers and their families.
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.
HAZARDOUS DRUG EXPOSURES IN HEALTHCARE - Closed System Drug-Transfer Device (CSTD) Research - CSTD bag or infusion adapter attached to an IV bag.
NIOSH defines a Closed System Drug-Transfer Device (CSTD) as “a drug transfer device that mechanically prohibits the transfer of environmental contaminants into the system and the escape of the hazardous drug or vapor concentrations outside the system” [NIOSH 2004]. Currently, CSTDs generally follow one of two design concepts, using either a physical barrier or an air-cleaning technology to prevent the escape of hazardous drugs into the work environment. When appropriately designed and used, CSTDs offer enhanced protection against potentially hazardous exposures to healthcare workers during the compounding and administration of hazardous drugs.
Sharps Provensa: New Smart Safety Syringe from Sharps Technology
Sharps Technology, Inc. is an innovative medical device company, introducing a portfolio of new safety syringes and safety products with a patented single-us...
Educators to Teach Needle Safety After Girls Stuck by Used Syringe
School and local officials in a Massachusetts town met Wednesday to talk about what to do going forward after two young girls were stuck by a used and discarded syringe while playing outside of a middle...
Over 1,200 students exposed to under-sterilized dental tools in Seattle, Vashon
SEATTLE - More than 1,200 students at schools in Seattle and Vashon Island were potentially exposed to hepatitis and the HIV virus through dental equipment that was not completely sterilized, says a local health provider.
HIV
New approach has doctors ‘kicking and killing’ HIV cells
Emilio Estevez on Brother Charlie Sheen: 'We're Just Proud of Him' After Regaining Sobriety Post HIV Diagnosis
Georgia latest state to legalize needle exchange to stop HIV
Amid HIV concerns, Georgia legalizes needle exchanges
Gut microbiome may contribute to HIV transmission in high-risk men
Immunotherapy kicks and kills HIV by exploiting a common virus
HEPATITIS
Notifying the public about Martin County hepatitis A outbreak: What’s the process?
Hepatitis A: 10 things you need to know about the liver infection that killed a Martin County couple
Chattanooga - Hamilton County is the third leading area for hepatitis A, according to the CDC
2 dead in hepatitis A outbreak in Florida county
Safe to transplant hepatitis C-infected hearts, lungs, study finds
WEST NILE
Could a Warming Planet Increase the Spread of the Zika and West Nile Viruses?
‘We Rise To The Challenge’: Man Paralyzed By West Nile Making Strides Toward Recovery
Supervisors move to swat away West Nile problem
West Nile Fever: Symptoms, Causes And Treatment
EBOLA
Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo
Five years after West Africa's Ebola pandemic: Where are we now?
DRC Ebola Outbreak: Setbacks as disease spreads quickly
People skills at heart of DR Congo's long fight against Ebola
The DRC's Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis
Congo Ebola outbreak spreading faster than ever: WHO
ZIKA VIRUS
Turks & Caicos Declared Zika Free
Could a Warming Planet Increase the Spread of the Zika and West Nile Viruses?
Mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus and dengue fever may have access to 1 billion more people in the years ahead
IN THE NEWS
A MEDICAL STUDENT DELAYS REPORTING HIS NEEDLESTICK. HERE’S WHAT HE LEARNED.
A few months ago, I was on my general surgery rotation on the colorectal service as a medical student. It was in the late afternoon that we started a case of a robotic rectopexy to repair a rectal prolapse. Our patient was a kind and warm 89-year-old woman. The operation finished without a hitch. As we undocked the da Vinci machine, the resident and I began to suture closed the multiple robotic ports on the abdomen. Half-way done with the second port on my side, I felt a pinch on my left index finger as I was locating the suture needle with the driver. I paused briefly to check my gloves. It was only later as I unscrubbed that I saw a tiny puncture wound from the suture needle and a few bright drops of blood. By the end of the day, I walked myself to the emergency department per protocol and waited for the results of my patient’s infectious disease screening. I had checked her chart already. Hypertension. Hyperlipidemia. Cataracts. Arthritis. No IV drug abuse or promiscuous sexual activity. She was a typical 89 year old. And so, I casually waited. You must know where this is going. This 89-year-old woman with a completely benign medical history turned up HIV-positive. I frantically searched for the sensitivity and specificity of the tests. Both were well above 99 percent. We checked and re-checked. It wasn’t a false positive. She had a viral load in the tens of thousands. I stared blankly at the floor as I gulped down the first two pills of my 4-week post-exposure prophylaxis medication.
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SECURINJECT SINGLE USE DENTAL SAFETY SYRINGE BY FORCA HEALTHCARE
Forca Healthcare’s latest innovation is a single use dental safety syringe – Securinject ®. In designing the syringe, utmost attention to detail was given to ensure it was by far safer and more advantageous than currently available options. Securinject is manufactured using state of the art technology. The research and development process from an initial idea to a manufacturable product took over two years. It was done in close partnership with experts in dentistry and product design. Several laboratory and engineering studies were undertaken to ensure Secuinject's design meets the needs of contemporary dentistry.
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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

 

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
 
INSAFE SHARPS SAFETY SYSTEM
Needlestick injuries can result in the spread of bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and they are also some of the most common injuries experienced by dental professionals in the practice. So why take the risk?
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3 STEPS TO TAKE TO AVOID SHARPS INJURIES
Sharps injuries can be stressful and costly, but a little due diligence and teamwork can go a long way toward creating a safe environment. Infection transmission at the dental practice can occur through any number of methods, but perhaps the most frightening is via a sharps injury.
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MEASLES OUTBREAK: BOOMING NUMBER OF CASES ROCKET TOWARD RECORD
The number of measles cases across the USA rose by almost 100 last week as the 2019 total continued its march toward record levels, the CDC said.
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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.
CENTURA HEALTH CUTS 30,000 NEEDLES WITH NEW BLOOD-DRAW PROGRAM
It's not uncommon for medical staff to wake patients in the early hours of the morning to prick them for blood draw. That's one reality Centura Health is trying to change.
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HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS, OF NEEDLES FOUND AT LORAIN HOME WHERE 2 MEN DIED FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES
Hundreds, if not thousands, of needles were found at a Lorain home where two men died from an opioid overdose this week, according to a news release from the Lorain Police Department. 
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NEEDLESMART HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE MEDILINK UK HEALTHCARE BUSINESS AWARDS!
Needlesmart, as winners of the Medilink North of England ‘Start-Up’ Award earlier this year, have been selected to be the North West representative in this category at the national Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards.
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EDUCATORS TO TEACH NEEDLE SAFETY AFTER GIRLS STUCK BY USED SYRINGE
School and local officials in a Massachusetts town met Wednesday to talk about what to do going forward after two young girls were stuck by a used and discarded syringe while playing outside of a middle...
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