Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 19, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Syringe kiosks installed around Cherokee tribal lands - Cherokee One Feather
6-year-old pokes two classmates with syringe at Tempe school - AZFamily
Police union wants mandatory disease testing after needlestick injuries - Courier Mail
Eight students pricked in syringe ‘prank’ in Sydney - The New Daily
Infection fears after police officer pricked by used syringe during arrest - Coventry Telegraph
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.
Occupational Zika Risks for Lab and Biomedical Researchers
The rapid spread of Zika virus may have slowed, but we’re still feeling the effects. From children born with microcephaly related to congenital Zika to the challenges of mosquito-control, Zika tested worldwide public health and health care response in a new way. Since the large outbreak began in 2015, the virus has spread to more than 80 countries/territories and 42,000 cases were identified in the United States alone. Thankfully, there is no current local transmission of the disease in the United States, even though Florida and Texas reported local transmission by mosquitoes in 2016 and 2017. 
Jet injector effective and efficient for delivering flu vaccine
The Med-Jet H4, a needle-free device for delivering seasonal influenza vaccine, is attractive to patients, is rapidly learned by nurses and generates similar responses to all vaccine strains as a traditional intramuscular injection, according to study data presented at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research.
Dirty Diapers, Used Needles, and More: The Worst Things Americans Try to Recycle
Recycling is in trouble. There are many reasons for this, chief among them a string of new bans and restrictions on recycled goods set forth by China. But there’s another, related reason why so much of what Americans try to recycle is now winding up at an incinerator or a landfill.
 
We toss a lot of garbage in there.
Sharps Injuries: Not Part of Anyone's Job
It is generally understood that police officers, firefighters, military professionals, stuntmen and women, wild animal trainers and racecar drivers accept the obvious personal risk that comes with their careers. Healthcare providers, however, do not typically think of themselves as thrill-seekers or extreme risk takers. Most nurses, physicians, surgical technologists, phlebotomists, lab technicians, radiologists and sterile processing professionals probably do not expect their lives to change forever because of an accidental jab with a contaminated hypodermic needle, suture needle, scalpel, retractor, or other sharp device. And yet, lives can be changed, literally in an instant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 385,000 percutaneous injuries (needle sticks, cuts, punctures and other injuries with sharp objects) occur in U.S. hospitals each year.
Increasing Demand Drives Safety Box for Syringe Market
Safety box for syringes is an innovative packaging solution for the disposal of used syringes and needles to safeguard against infection and bacteria. Safety box for syringe is designed achieve performance, quality, safety and meets the world health organization standards. Safety box for syringe is made of solid board to make sure that the syringe stored inside does not penetrate through the box. Lockable lid on the safety box for syringe prevents the access once the box is in use. Instructions and hazard warnings are printed on the safety box for syringes in order to increase usability. Some of the features of safety box for syringe include availability in 5 to 10 liter sizes, made from solid board, moisture & puncture resistant, lockable flap ensures a safe closure and instructions are printed in several languages. As the use of syringes is increasing due to the increased vaccination among younger ones and for medications purposes, the safety box for syringe market is also expected to be on the rise during the forecast period. Safety box for syringes are essential to reduce the risk of blood borne disease transmission through used needles.
 
Safety box for syringe is also known as sharps containers. Safety box for syringe puncture proof and impermeable containers for safe disposable of used syringes, needles and other contaminated sharps. Safety box foe syringe should be filled once and discarded immediately. Safety box for syringe, if used correctly and consistently can help prevent many blood borne diseases and needle stick injuries. The demand for safety box for syringe is expected to rise as they help protect health care workers, patients and the community from used and contaminated sharps.
Celebrating Occupational Health Nurses Week
Each year, one week is recognized by celebrating the nurses who have devoted their practice to occupational health medicine.
InSafe Sharps Safety System - Safe disposal of sharps
To help you comply with government legislation, Initial provides the specially designed InSafe Sharps Safety System. This is an unique sharps and syringes disposal box to ensure the contaminated needle is never exposed except when giving the actual injection. The InSafe Sharps Safety System offers complete protection for employees and patients.
 
The syringe feels and aspirates just like a traditional syringe ensuring there will be no interruptions to your dental practices when introducing our safety system.
HIV
Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease
Police: Maryland man spread HIV to 4 women he met online
Maryland man arrested for allegedly knowingly transferring HIV to women
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis A on the rise in Florida
Tennessee gov seeking $24.7M to treat hepatitis C in prisons
One death, 79 cases of hepatitis A in NH since November
‘Significant Increase’ Of Hepatitis A Diagnoses In NH Concerning Health Officials
1 Dead as NH Hepatitis A Outbreak Accelerates
WEST NILE
County officials asking for public’s help as West Nile Virus season approaches
West Nile May Be Subdued Thanks To Heavy Rains, End Of Drought
Heavy rains, end of drought could help keep West Nile virus subdued for now
The end of California's drought could mean fewer cases of West Nile virus
Family working to raise awareness of West Nile virus
Could a Warming Planet Increase the Spread of the Zika and West Nile Viruses?
EBOLA
Ebola survivors turn caregivers in Congo outbreak
Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 37
Ebola is real, Congo president tells skeptical population
Congo's leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths
Congo’s president wants Ebola contained within 3 months
Congo Ebola epidemic exceeds 1,000 cases, according to Health Ministry
World's 2nd-largest Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000 cases
ZIKA VIRUS
What Ebola, HIV and Zika REALLY look like: Artist and scientist's fascinating watercolours
Zika Virus Update for Summer 2019
Could a Warming Planet Increase the Spread of the Zika and West Nile Viruses?
IN THE NEWS
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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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
 
HEPATITIS B AND C AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS
Background: In the EU/EEA approximately 9 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV), and many are undiagnosed. Targeted active case finding initiatives are needed. Iatrogenic transmission of HBV/HCV is relevant in Europe but people at risk of infection are often overlooked. We aimed to identify groups at increased risk of HBV/HCV infection due to iatrogenic transmission, including health care workers, and to estimate incidence and prevalence.
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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

 

THIS NURSE THOUGHT THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY TO PROTECT THE PATIENT. SO SHE SET OUT TO INVENT ONE.
Abi Huskins feared infection could set in. 
 
The Indiana University Health nurse was looking down at the boy with needles sticking into a device embedded in his chest and the gauze taped around them. 
 
Unlike other central line dressings, his was absorbent, not waterproof. A mound of only soft material protected it, leaving it vulnerable to being knocked out of place or otherwise damaged if the young boy squirmed. 
 
"I think most surprising to me was just, like, how have we medically made a device but then not made it with the same standard that we had with other central lines?" she said. 
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: AVOIDING SHARPS INJURIES: PUT PREVENTION BEFORE CURE
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) defines inoculation exposure as a term to encompass an NSI, sharps injury (SI) and body fluid splashes.
 
The injuries are subdivided into two categories:
 
those resulting from percutaneous exposure, such as needlestick and sharps injuries, where a blood or body fluid contaminated object pierces the skin; and
those resulting from mucocutaneous exposure, such as blood or body fluid splashing into an open wound, eye or mouth mucous membrane (HPA, 2008).
Following a survey of 4,000 nurses carried out in 2008 by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), it is estimated that 48% of nurses have received an NSI, which is identifiedNeedlestick-injuries as one of the most frequently experienced injuries to healthcare workers (Adams, 2012).
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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.
AOHP RELEASES 2016 AND 2017 REPORT OF ITS NATIONAL SURVEY ON BLOOD EXPOSURES AMONG U.S. HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently released report of the EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) 2016 and 2017 surveys in the AOHP Journal (Vol. 39, No. 1). AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P. is an electronic survey designed to ascertain the incidence of sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures among healthcare workers (HCWs) in U.S. healthcare facilities.
 
EXPO-S.T.O.P., the largest annual survey of its kind conducted in the United States, was initiated in 2011 to establish a nationally representative overview of blood and body fluid exposure. The 2016 survey, with facilities from 37 different states participating, is geographically the most extensive to date, and with 224 hospitals participating, EXPO-S.T.O.P. 2017 is the largest survey to date. AOHP publishes the survey results to provide healthcare facilities with up-to-date data on national exposure rates and trends to enable benchmarking and evidence-based decisions for their exposure-reduction strategies. In addition, the survey identifies the top 10 participating facilities with the lowest rates and, via these, has enabled other research to be published on successful exposure-reduction strategies.
 
 “All blood exposures are potentially infectious and pose a serious occupational risk to HCW,” explains Linda Good, PhD, RN, COHN-S, survey co-author and Manager, Employee Occupational Health Services, Scripps Health, San Diego. “Trends documented by EXPO-S.T.O.P. show that a renewed vigor must be attained to protect HCW.”
 
The 2016 and 2017 overall results for all hospitals, as with the 2015 survey, document a significant increase in blood exposure incidence over the 2011 results.
 
“It is alarming that data from the last three surveys have shown a year-by-year significant increase in sharps injuries (SI), and that the 2017 rate is almost back to the 2001 rate,” describes survey co-author Terry Grimmond, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEd&Tr, Grimmond & Associates Microbiology Consultants, New Zealand, “These increasing rates validate that the significant decrease in sharps injuries in the years immediately following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2001 has not been sustained.”
 
“The OSHA law is clear,” says Good. “Employers and employees must strive to reduce exposures with the use of safety-engineered devices (SED) and staff training and must review their exposure control plan annually in pursuit of exposure reductions.”
 
Conclusions documented in the EXPO-S.T.O.P. 2016 and 2017 Report include:
 
- The significant rise in SI incidence with the 2016 and 2017 surveys indicates that current strategies have not been successful in reducing national SI rates. 
- There is an urgent need to adopt more aggressive exposure reduction strategies.
- Large exposure databases, detailed databases of SI mechanisms, and research on SI mechanisms, SED effectiveness, and effective training are required, as well as continued publication of strategies proven to reduce exposure incidence.
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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSES WEEK
OHN Week is a national observance to recognize and celebrate YOU as members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. While most people understand the function of a nurse in a clinical setting, not everyone is aware that there are thousands of OHNs who work in promoting and protecting the health of workers in the US and around the globe. Through case management, coaching and health counseling, health promotion and wellness activities, legal and regulatory compliance, and workplace hazard detection and mitigation, occupational and environmental health nurses improve the health of employees and contribute to a healthy bottom line for businesses.
 
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