Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 12, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
West Lincoln resident lobbies township for safe needle disposal plan
Study sheds light on needlestick injuries at MRFs
Community sharps
Community sharps are needles, syringes and lancets that are used to administer medications and drugs outside a clinical setting.
 
We need to dispose of sharps safely to prevent needlestick injury in our public places, at home and for workers who remove waste or clean facilities.
Drug syringes 'littered' in Dunfermline
FIFE COUNCIL are set to carry out regular patrols in Dunfermline after syringes were found "littered" in the town.  Fears have been raised over children's safety after the needles were found in the Walmer Drive car park.  A Press reader highlighted the issue this week, stating: "The car park is being used by addicts and is littered with syringes.
 
"I think that is highly dangerous for the public, especially children."
 
The Press previously reported in late 2017 that more than 50 discarded syringes were discovered at the old council buildings.
Woman left distraught after horror needle attack on North Ayrshire street
Police are hunting the 'despicable' individual responsible for Saturday evening’s horror incident.  A 50-year-old woman has been left distraught after a man ‘jagged’ her with a needle on a North Ayrshire street.  The victim now faces months of tests to ensure she has not suffered any lasting health issues as a result of the needle stick injury.
Lenis wins contract from Vizient for needle free safety syringe system
Premier Media Services dba LenisUSA, announces the Lenis Needle Free Safety Syringe Injection System has been awarded an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the United States.
Vigmed CLiP Ported Cannula Excellent penetration characteristics
Vigmed’s CLiP® range of cannulas is dedicated to eliminating needlestick injuries.
County jail staff taken to hospital after possible exposure to opioids
Staff at the Sherburne County Jail in Elk River were taken to a hospital to get checked out after being potentially exposed to strong opioids.  The incident happened on Wendesday afternoon when one of the inmates at the jail experienced a medical emergency.  Four clinical contractors were taken to a hospital along with the inmate after at least one of them reported "tingling in their fingers," the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office said.
Call for action over Ballingry “drugs den” as needles found behind shops
Horrified chip shop worker Shaf Ali found discarded needles, spoons and other drugs paraphernalia at the back of his premises at Benarty Square.
 
Concerns have been raised local youngsters congregating behind the shops could sustain needlestick injuries.
Safety Syringes Market Protect Health Care Providers from Needlestick Injuries
The injectable route of administration is quite common for faster delivery of drugs and medication. It is used for various purposes such as diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases. These purposes require safe injectable route of administration to patients. Injectable route of administration should also be safe for healthcare providers to deliver. Safe injection is the method which should be risk free, harmless to patient and provider and should not cause any infection. Safety syringes protect health care providers from needlestick injuries. These are equipped with an inbuilt safety mechanism and needles that are detachable or permanently attached. Various countries have introduced legislation for compulsory usage of safety syringes from prevention of needle stick injuries. This initiative has led to more common use for safety syringes.
HIV
Man’s Early Release From 30-Year Prison Sentence Shines Light On Laws That Unfairly Penalize People With HIV, Advocates Say
Even When HIV Prevention Drug Is Covered, Other Costs Block Treatment
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.
HEPATITIS
Gastroenteritis, hepatitis cases on the rise in 15 days
S. Carolinians hopeful hepatitis A outbreak may be over soon
Population density, water balance influence hepatitis E outbreaks
Baby Talk: Here’s what you need to know about hepatitis infections during pregnancy
DHEC officials hope that SC hepatitis A outbreak will be on the downturn soon
School closed after Hepatitis A outbreak
B&M shoppers scream in horror as 'hepatitis C sufferer' spreads blood from open wound - The man covered in blood had originally been confronted by staff who suspected him of shoplifting
Shoppers screamed in horror as a man claiming to have hepatitis C spread blood around aisles from his open arm wound.  Witnesses said the man, 47, threatened staff at B&M, on Link Road in Dewsbury, in a disturbing Monday afternoon attack.  Connor Lee, 22, was shopping with his partner at 3.30pm when he heard the sound of screams and children crying.   Then he noticed blood on the floor, before spotting the man, "covered in blood", moving through the store claiming to have hepatitis C.
WEST NILE
Nebraska health officials: Woman dies from West Nile virus
West Nile Virus Spreading: How To Prevent Infection
Case of West Nile virus reported in Boaz
EBOLA
Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk
Ebola case confirmed in Congolese city of Goma, home to over 2 million
Ebola virus outbreak: Infected pastor brings 1st case to crowded Congo city of Goma
ZIKA VIRUS
‘Our major turning point came with the Zika virus outbreak’
Remember Zika? We Now Know How Bad the Virus Was for Infants
We're still finding new ways in which the Zika virus hurts infants
One-third of toddlers exposed to Zika in the womb suffer developmental problems, study says
Zika Is Still a Threat. Here is What Public Health Experts Know.
IN THE NEWS
STUCK ON SHARPS
It’s surprising that a plastic box next to a toilet could be controversial, but it is. Whenever a sharps container — you know, the red box designed for safe disposal of syringes and other medical devices — appears in a restroom, neighbors will buzz about it. On NextDoor and in Facebook groups, the presence of sharps containers is often viewed as enabling.
 
If you give an addict a sharps container, they’ll find a sharp to put in it. Right?
 
That was the opinion of the Seattle Public Library, or at least their spokesperson. Last year, when an employee was stuck by a needle that had been put in the bin for sanitary napkins, a representative for the library told Erica C. Barnett, reporting for the Seattle Met, that drug use was “against our code of content.”  “Providing sharps containers,” Barnett wrote, summarizing the library’s position, “would be a tacit acknowledgement that people are using drugs.”
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I FOUND A USED NEEDLE IN SEATTLE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Don't freak out. Here are some tips. - KUOW listener Mark Reutter recently found a discarded hypodermic needle in the University District.
 
It was after dinner and Reutter and his girlfriend were walking back to their car when they spotted a single needle attached to a white plastic syringe in the middle of the sidewalk.
 
“It was sitting there, right in the open,” he said.
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NEEDLESMART SPONSORS ENGLAND WOMEN FOR THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
England Lacrosse are pleased to announce NeedleSmart as team sponsor of Team England during the Women’s European Lacrosse Championship 2019, Israel.
 
The deal will provide significant support to the squad as they start their defence of the European title.
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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
 
UNDERREPORTING OF BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURES IN NURSING STUDENTS
Although nursing students perform many of the same procedures as licensed nurses, students are less skillful when handling sharps and are at higher risk of injury. Low rates of bloodborne pathogen (BBP) exposure reporting are described among students in all health care disciplines.
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SOUTHCOAST POLICE OFFICERS FACE NEW HEALTH THREAT IN DAY-TO-DAY FENTANYL EXPOSURE
Dartmouth Officer Andrew Fredette knew it was a misstep as soon as his bare fingers touched a plastic packet of fentanyl, the drug that is responsible for so many overdose deaths on SouthCoast.
 
It was a simple motor vehicle stop April 6 on State Road and the officer was doing a search of the vehicle after arresting a Fall River man on a warrant. Fredette reached into the console without wearing his protective gloves and touched the loosely wrapped packets of fentanyl.
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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

 

SEROCONVERSION RATES AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS EXPOSED TO HEPATITIS C VIRUS–CONTAMINATED BODY FLUIDS: THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH 13-YEAR EXPERIENCE
A total of 1,361 cases were included in the study. Most exposures were caused by percutaneous injuries (65.0%), followed by mucocutaneous injuries (33.7%). Most (63.3%) were injuries to the hand, followed by the face and neck (27.6%). Blood exposure accounted for 72.7%, and blood-containing saliva accounted for 3.4%. A total of 6.9% and 3.7% of source patients were coinfected with HIV and HBV, respectively. The HCV seroconversion rate was 0.1% (n?=?2) because of blood exposure secondary to percutaneous injuries.
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WATCH: HOW TO USE SYMJEPI, THE PREFILLED EPINEPHRINE SYRINGE NOW AVAILABLE IN PHARMACIES
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals has announced the immediate availability of their emergency epinephrine device in pharmacies nationwide.
 
The device, named “Symjepi”, is not an auto-injector but a prefilled syringe. The difference may be important for some and not for others.
 
The syringe that delivers the epinephrine in an auto-injector is typically hidden until it is activated by a jab to the outer thigh, at which point the needle is inserted into the muscle and the epinephrine is automatically administered. A prefilled syringe is what the name implies: a syringe that already has a dose of medication loaded where one needs to insert the needle and press the plunger to administer the epinephrine.
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CONTAMINATED BLOOD INQUIRY: MAN TELLS OF HEPATITIS 'HELL'
A man has described the "hell" of two failed cycles of treatment for hepatitis C, which he contracted after a blood transfusion.
 
The witness, known as Mr X, told the Infected Blood Inquiry in Edinburgh he received the blood in Dumfries and Galloway in 1976 when he was 18.
 
He described the side-effects of the medication on his physical and mental health as "horrific".
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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.
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