|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||June 21, 2019|
|Risk of needlestick injury from injecting needles|
|Medical Office Safety|
|Needlestick Injury and Inadequate Post-Exposure Practice in Medical Students|
|Raising awareness and reducing the risk of needlestick injuries|
|Income Protection with Needlestick Cover|
|Over half of trainee surgeons in US don't report needlestick injuries|
|Study examines needlestick injury rates within MRFs|
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.
|Now, 12 inmates of Mainpuri jail test positive for HIV|
|HIV Cluster Rises to 53 Cases in West Virginia County|
|Opioid Epidemic Stigma Mirrors Early Rise of HIV|
|Barber-Backed Sex Talks to Curb HIV|
|California slams insurers for discriminating against users of HIV-prevention drug|
|How Kamala Harris would prevent the spread of HIV|
|Fourth Hepatitis A death leads to more scrutiny of state health officials|
|Health department confirms fourth hepatitis A death in Martin County|
|More Evidence Links Hepatitis C and Parkinson's Disease|
|Chronic hepatitis B infections in Europe on the rise since 2008|
|Employee with hepatitis worked at Franklin County Jack in the Box|
|Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to five S.C. restaurants|
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.
|West Nile virus case confirmed in Kalamazoo County|
|First West Nile virus activity for Michigan in 2019 confirmed|
|First 2019 human case of West Nile virus found near Modesto, authorities say|
|Fighting Ebola in the Congo|
|UN: Expert meeting under way to decide if Ebola is emergency|
|Meet the Ebola workers battling a virus in a war zone|
|Time Is Running Out to Stop an Ebola Epidemic|
|AHF to WHO: No More ‘Business as Usual’ on Ebola in Africa or Chief Should Step Down!|
|Ebola has spread for nearly a year in Congo. Officials are scrambling to ‘reset’ the response.|
|Kenya responded fast to Ebola scare, but cross-border risk remains high|
|Portable device detects dengue, Zika in individual mosquitoes|
|Deadly Zika virus confirmed circulating in Kenya|
|Health Dept.: Learn the signs, how to protect yourself from Zika virus|
|Is it Zika or dengue? New CDC guidance advises doctors to test patients for both.|
Time to Celebrate Healthcare Risk Managers
Today we are wrapping up a weeklong celebration of healthcare risk managers and the pivotal role they play in the healthcare industry overall, and patient safety in particular.
On any given day, a risk manager may be making vital decisions related to compliance and risk financing, then working side by side with healthcare providers to improve clinical care and patient safety practices. They are educators, championing the proactive identification of risks before they lead to serious safety events, and leaders, constantly looking ahead, anticipating what’s next, and finding new ways to mitigate loss.
In today’s challenging healthcare climate, risk managers are also first responders. When a crisis occurs, they are there communicating with patients’ families with honesty and sensitivity and ensuring prompt and candid dialogue with physicians and clinicians. They are the ones who know when to consult legal counsel and engage liability carriers and how to advocate for the best defense strategy, whether that involves a trial or early resolution.
Today, healthcare risk managers also have the benefit of a broad network of professional organizations that keep them apprised of important developments, such as upcoming legislation and regulations, and keep them engaged with industry colleagues, who work together to implement strategies to address emerging threats.
Growing calls to combat discarded needles in Penticton after child allegedly poked in park
A Penticton woman is calling for action regarding discarded needles in parks after her niece was allegedly poked by a discarded needle in Skaha Lake Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Danni Hyde said her son, Hudson, 4, was playing with his sister and cousin, when he carried back an orange needle cap and said her niece’s “foot hurts.”
Hyde went to investigate and discovered the needle at the base of a tree mixed in among pine cones and pine needles, while recording the incident on her cell phone.
6 people rushed to the hospital overnight after they were exposed to drugs at Lorain City Jail
LORAIN, Ohio — Six people were rushed to Mercy Medical Center in Lorain just before 1 a.m. on Thursday after they were exposed to crack cocaine and possibly the dangerous and powerful drug fentanyl, according to the Lorain Fire Department.
Assistant Fire Chief Matt Homolya said the fire department was dispatched to the Lorain City Jail for a fentanyl exposure at 12:49 a.m.
It all started with a traffic stop Wednesday night when officers pulled over a vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station on Tower Boulevard for tinted windows above the legal limit. During the stop, police conducted a search of the vehicle after a smell of marijuana was detected. Police did not find marijuana, but found a scale inside the car.
The ugly side to dermal fillers: 'Would you let your mechanic stick a needle in your face?'
EARLY IN 2017, the vision of beauty blogger AJ Fitzsimons receiving a lip filler treatment beamed into the living rooms of middle Ireland.
Although fillers had been around for decades, the sight of them being administered to the online influencer in front of a national Late Late Show audience could be considered the moment the procedure went mainstream.
The appearance, which accompanied former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker’s Botox treatment, led to a reported spike in enquiries to cosmetic clinics across the country – as well as a spike in complaints to the RTÉ switchboard.
MTN employee gets needle stick injury
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.
Being poked by a needle could expose a person to any number of serious diseases, including HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C, which are not curable.
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
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
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.
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