Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 14, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
5200 quarantined by ICE for exposure to mumps, chicken pox - WND.com
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Eight in 10 doctors at risk of 'burnout'
Eight in 10 doctors are at high or very high risk of “burnout”, driven mostly by exhaustion rather than feeling disengaged with their roles, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.The BMA found that more than a quarter (27%) of doctors and medical students had been diagnosed with a mental...
Over 1,000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities
More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high .
 
By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said
Beijing police investigate needle abuse claims at kindergarten
Police in Beijing's Tongzhou district are investigating allegations that a kindergarten teacher has used needles to prick children under her care, according to media reports.
 
Six parents allegedly found their children aged from 4 to 5 at the Xinghe international kindergarten in Tongzhou had needle prick wounds in recent days.
 
A father who asked for anonymity sent a hospital report to the Global Times, which states that the wounds were confirmed as being caused by a needle. Beijing Luhe Hospital Capital Medical University shows that children had suffered needle stick injuries on their hands, faces and hips.
 
The father claimed that his child was pricked by the teacher once the child refused to take a nap or did not behave. 
Health Alert Issued After Michigan Doctor Charged With Reusing Device Inserted Into Patients
Health officials are encouraging patients of a Michigan doctor to consider HIV and hepatitis testing after state investigators charged that the physician reused rectal devices at his Kalamazoo-area 
MTN employee gets needle stick injury
The employee will be regularly tested for the next year for transmittable diseases.
An  employee of MTN Disposal will spend the next year of his life having to be regularly tested for transmittable diseases after being poked with a needle while lifting a garbage bag on the job.
 
“A needle stick is a very serious thing,” said Mayor Rennie Harper during the Monday, June 10 council meeting when she brought the incident up. “He will face one year of constant monitoring.”
 
The Town has being trying to push for residents to better use recycling and garbage services for some time now.
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.
HIV
HIV patients hit by NHS Highland email privacy breach
Blunder as NHS Highland email exposes confidential details of 37 HIV sufferers
Nurses more likely to conduct HIV screenings when practice setting supports routine testing
Perturbation of synapsins homeostasis through HIV-1 Tat-mediated suppression of BAG3 in primary neuronal cells
CDC director praises Alabama HIV clinic ahead of campaign
HEPATITIS
Fivay High summer school students warned about possible hepatitis A exposure
Hepatitis A cases skyrocket in Louisiana, with almost 300 in 18 months: report
Spike in hepatitis C cases among injection drug users alarming to health experts
State health department confirms investigation into possible Hepatitis A case at Noblesville Kroger
Virginia officials warning public about increase of hepatitis A cases
Video Report
Is a Washington State Nurse to Blame for Causing 12 Patients to Contract Hepatitis C?
A nurse who admitted to using drugs meant for patients has been identified as the likely source of a hepatitis C outbreak at a hospital in Washington state that infected 12 people, according to a report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
 
The agency began its extensive investigation last year when officials were notified of a hepatitis C outbreak among patients at the Good Samaritan Hospital after routine surveillance identified two patients with the illness in the emergency room, the report says.
Conflicting Laws May Keep Contaminated Needles in Circulation, Add to Hepatitis C Cases
Acute hepatitis C infections rose 98 percent between 2010 and 2015 nationwide, largely because more people were injecting drugs. Using a new needle for every injection can slow the spread of hepatitis C, but getting those new needles isn't always as simple as buying glucose-meter lancets at the pharmacy. And safely disposing of old needles presents a whole other set of problems.
Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says
There have been more measles cases in the United States the first five months of 2019 than there were in all of 1992, when the last large outbreak occurred, federal health officials said on Thursday, in part because of the spread of misinformation about vaccines.
WEST NILE
Holidaymakers heading to Greece urged to be on guard against deadly West Nile virus threat
First cases of West Nile Virus found in Tracy, Ripon
Tolono woman dealing with effects of West Nile infection
Prevent West Nile Virus this summer
EBOLA
WHO under pressure over Ebola response
Kenya patient free of Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak
Why it's hard to stop Ebola spreading—between people and across borders
Kenya tests woman for Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak
The Latest: UN says Ebola not yet a global emergency
Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo
Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.
Working with the international medics are local health teams formed after DR Congo's 10th outbreak of the highly contagious and often fatal viral disease. They are made up of villagers trained in measures to battle Ebola.
 
But some locals are hostile to the prevention protocols enforced by international teams, such as the special measures imposed for the burial of Ebola victims.
 
These measures, designed to prevent loved ones being infected, rule out the traditional wakes and funerals.
ZIKA VIRUS
Is it Zika or dengue? New CDC guidance advises doctors to test patients for both.
SA organization receives DOD grant to fight Zika using marmosets
Zika Continues to Impact the Way Women Travel
IN THE NEWS
MUST SEE VIDEO: KAREN DALEY: THE POLICY ADVOCATE
In 1998, nurse Karen Daley contracted HIV and hepatitis C from a needlestick injury while working in the emergency department of a hospital in the United States. She went public with her story shortly thereafter, becoming a vocal advocate for sharps safety and the face of the ANA campaign, "Safe Needles Save Lives.” In 2000, Daley's activism was part of a push for stronger policy that led lawmakers at the state and federal level to pass legislation regarding needlestick safety.
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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
 
WEST NOVAGUARD® SA PRO SAFETY SYSTEM RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AND USER EXPERIENCE AT THE INDIA PACKAGING AWARDS
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, is pleased to announce that the NovaGuard® SA Pro safety system – a single-use accessory for prefilled ISO standard 1mL long staked-needle syringes – has won the India Packaging Awards for Excellence in Enhanced User Experience and Excellence in Packaging Design – Shapes and Structures. In addition, the company announced a new product line extension to its AccelTRA® component program, and showcased thought leadership with presentations at the UBM InnoPack Pharma Conference in Mumbai.
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THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE: “NEEDLE-FREE BLOOD DRAWS” WITH VELANO VASCULAR CEO, ERIC M. STONE
More than 1.5 billion blood draws take place in hospitals around the world every year. These are critical procedures as they inform more than 70% of all medical decisions. But the fear and anxiety around venipuncture (needle-based draws) is a near universal experience for patients. At the same time, nurses and practitioners hate using a needle because it’s difficult, upsets patients, and can result in accidental needle stick injuries or infections for them. All this makes it an expensive and cumbersome process for the hospital too. So while you cannot remove blood draws from medicine, we have made it possible to remove the needle from blood draws. And in the process, we make medicine better for people.
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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

 

FIRST CASE OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE DIAGNOSED IN UGANDA
As stated in a press release, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified on June 11 of a case of Ebola diagnosed in Uganda and confirmed by laboratory testing at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). This is the first time that a case associated with the current outbreak, which began in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in August 2018, has been identified in a neighboring country. This is the first case of Ebola in Uganda since 2013, and the first time that Uganda has reported a case of Zaire ebolavirus.
 
Based on available information, CDC believes that the patient was infected with Ebola virus in DRC and crossed the border into Uganda. The patient became ill on June 9 in DRC and was brought to Uganda for treatment on June 10.
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HEPATITIS, A BIGGER THREAT THAN AIDS, MALARIA, TB IN AFRICA — WHO
The World Health Organisation, on Friday, said Africans were at higher risk of dying of viral hepatitis than dying of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
 
This was made known in a statement from its Africa office, in which the scorecard for hepatitis prevalence in Africa was released.
 
WHO said, “A new scorecard, the first to examine hepatitis prevalence and response in the World Health Organization African region, shows that only three of the 47 countries are on track to eliminate the disease that affects one in 15 people in the region.
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'NHS'S SHARPS BIN RULE CHANGE IS PUTTING PEOPLE AT RISK'
CONCERNS have been raised used needles will end up in rubbish bags after free sharps bins were removed from chemists. Yellow bins for free disposal of needles used to be available at chemists around the district. But NHS England has now removed the service and instead residents have to call their council to request their sharp items be collected, which can incur a charge. Ivan Henderson, county councillor for Harwich, said: “My real concern is if people can’t drop them off for free they could end up in bin bags.
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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.
ONE PATIENT, ONE STICK: NURSES LAUNCH PETITION TO PLACE VASCULAR ACCESS SPECIALISTS IN EVERY HOSPITAL ACROSS AMERICA
A coalition of nurses and the Association for Vascular Access have launched a drive to gather 100,000 signatures of the public and medical professionals to support a safety initiative by placing vascular access specialists in every hospital across America.
 
The petition will be presented to Washington legislators at the 2019 American Nurses Association Hill Day on June 20 as part of a focus on nurse-to-patient ratios.
 
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BORDER AGENTS GETTING SICK FROM ILLEGAL ALIENS, WORRY ABOUT CONTRACTING EBOLA FROM AFRICAN ILLEGALS
With African illegal aliens now crossing the border illegally with thousands of Central Americans, border agents are worried about being infected with the Ebola virus. And with good reason. Up and down the border, officials have told the Washington Examiner, agents are reporting to work ill because of the prolonged and constant contact with sick and diseased aliens.
 
Mumps, measles, scabies, the flu, and strep throat, along with the possibility of typhus, are bad enough. But Ebola, the African killer virus that causes a fatal hemorrhagic fever, is a terrifying possibility given that some of the Africans are from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
That benighted nation in the center of the Dark Continent is dealing with an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease that has killed nearly 1,500 people.
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CONGO PASTOR LIKELY SPARKED EBOLA OUTBREAK SPREAD TO UGANDA
The Congolese pastor who is thought to have caused the Ebola outbreak’s spread into Uganda was unknown to health officials before he died of the disease, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Thursday. That underlines the problems in tracking the virus as a WHO expert panel on Friday discusses whether to declare a global health emergency.
 
As a third relative of the pastor found infected in Uganda died, Dr. Mike Ryan told The Associated Press he did not believe the man had been on any list of high-risk Ebola contacts that health workers use to track infections and contain the outbreak.
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