Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 26, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Factsheet Needlestick injuries, discarded needles and the risk of HIV transmission
Nurses urged to give views on needlestick rules
Needlestick Injuries among Surgeons in Training
Raising awareness and reducing the risk of needlestick injuries
Needlestick Injury and Inadequate Post-Exposure Practice in Medical Students
Prevent needlestick and sharps injuries
Study examines needlestick injury rates within MRFs
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.
Sharps Injuries - Preventing Needlestick Injuries
In 2010, a new European directive was published on needle stick injuries with the aim to create the safer working environments by preventing injuries caused by medical sharps.
 
In the UK, The Health & Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 were introduced to meet the requirements on the EU Directive 2010/32 and aspects existing UK legislation does not specifically address.
Needlestick injuries common in trash and recycling facilities: report
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, according to a recent report from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Circuit court upholds failure to vaccinate citations against Walmart
A circuit court denied Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s petition to review more than $25,000 in citations levied against it for allegedly failing to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens.
 
In Wal-Mart Stores East LP v. Secretary of Labor, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed on Wednesday an administrative law judge’s holding that two U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations should stand.
 
OSHA regulations require employers to make the hepatitis B vaccination series available to all workers who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Wal-Mart Stores East LP of Bentonville, Arkansas, maintains a Serious Injury Response Team consisting of employees who voluntarily agree to respond to medical incidents and provide routine first-aid care. After receiving safety complaints about the company’s Alachua, Florida, distribution center, OSHA conducted an inspection between September 2015 and January 2016, and investigators issued a serious violation citation with a proposed fine of $5,000 for five SIRT members who could “potentially” have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens because they allegedly were not provided with hepatitis B vaccinations. The second citation alleged a repeat violation carrying a fine of $25,000, alleging that Walmart did not offer eight employees the vaccine within 10 days of their assignment to the SIRT team.
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.
HIV
People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care
Elton John AIDS fundraiser brings in $6 million for Kenya HIV testing
Arm Implant to Prevent HIV in Reach
Contaminated blood inquiry: Doctor withheld teen's HIV diagnosis
Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates
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
Hepatitis A outbreak still increasing in Louisiana
St. Louis inmates to receive Hepatitis A vaccinations
Florida Department of Health to offer free hepatitis tests, vaccines on Thursday
People who ate at a North Mississippi Mexican restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis
Ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in Louisiana doubles in just two months
B.C. residents urged to get tested for hepatitis C
B.C. has one of the highest rates of new cases of hepatitis C per year and it’s estimated there are about 80,000 people in the province who are infected with the virus.
 
According to the World Hepatitis Alliance, nine in 10 people living with viral hepatitis have no idea they have the life-threatening disease. It can take decades for symptoms to become evident.
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.
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".
WEST NILE
West Nile disease strikes in Stanislaus County. Here’s what you need to know
Light pollution may increase risk of West Nile virus jumping from birds to humans
EBOLA
IMF says ready to aid Congo in Ebola crisis if needed
Ebola vaccine hampered by deep distrust in eastern Congo
Mark Collins: Ebola is our greatest immediate threat
What if we’re no longer afraid of Ebola?
World Bank dedicates $300 million to Ebola response
Deep distrust undermines effort to fight Ebola in Congo
IN THE NEWS
HOW CAN WE BETTER PROTECT HOSPITAL WORKERS FROM HAZARDOUS DRUGS?
There are pros and cons to most things in life, and chemotherapy is no different. While it can be extremely effective for patients battling cancer, it can also be damaging to healthy people, such as pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff.
 
By way of example, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has shown that these drugs can produce several negative health outcomes, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, facial flushing, hair thinning, hair loss, dermatitis, irritation of skin and eyes, irritation of mucous membranes, menstrual cycle disruption, fetal loss, and even some forms of cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019)
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LAFAYETTE BUSINESS LOOKS TO REDUCE NEEDLE INJURIES WITH NEW DISINTEGRATION DEVICE
A new device aimed at reducing needlestick injuries in homes and hospitals could be a gamechanger for health care professionals, diabetics, sanitation workers, police and needle exchange programs.
 
The SANDD (Sharps and Needle Destruction Device), made by Lafayette-based RedHawk Medical Products and Services, uses an arc of electricity to completely disintegrate a needle and prevent any accidental needlesticks.
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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
 
CEO OF NEEDLESMART, CLIFF KIRBY, AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE NEEDLESMART TEAM, ARE TAKING PART IN CHARITY DRAGON BOAT RACE FOR WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR.
Cliff Kirby, CEO of NeedleSmart, along with some members of the NeedleSmart team, will be taking part in a Dragon Boat Race to raise money for the charity When You Wish Upon A Star. On behalf of NeedleSmart, Cliff along with a team of 15 others, will be taking part in the race on the 27th July at Salford Quays in Manchester. It will be a full day of family entertainment, food and drink, and plenty of competition!
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
We’re often strangely silent about the injuries we get at work – the ubiquitous needlesticks, the mystery bruises that appear from nowhere on legs and arms, the strange scratches on arms or necks.
 
It’s not that we’re clumsy or bad at our job, it’s more that, in the average fast-paced veterinary clinic, we are usually trying to do several things at once and, sometimes, something has to give.
 
That said, I know from teaching OSCE skills that the “safe handling” methods for needles are often mocked. Do we care so little for our own safety that suggestions to save us from a very common injury aren’t deemed worthy of learning?
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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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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.
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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

 

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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FROM THE ARHIVES - STUCK BY A NEEDLE, NOT BY A DECISION
I didn’t think it would happen to me so soon, just a few months after beginning my second career as a nurse. I stuck my thumb with a large-bore needle filled with the blood of a patient with hepatitis C who had come to the emergency room with abdominal pain.
 
This happened with a 10-milliliter syringe I was using to transfer blood from one tube into another. I was trained not to do this; it was a bad idea. But I put my patient’s comfort above my own safety: when I learned an extra blood test had been ordered, I hoped to save him the pain of a second needle stick.
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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.
HOSPITAL 'SOLELY RESPONSIBLE AND NEGLIGENT' FOR CLEANER BEING PRICKED BY NEEDLE
A DUBLIN HOSPITAL was negligent in disposing of a hypodermic needle in a bin for general waste, a judge in the Circuit Civil Court ruled today.
 
Judge John Aylmer said cleaner Claudia Bartat’s employer, Noonan Services Group Ltd, could not be held liable for a needle injury she suffered while collecting bins at St Vincent’s University Hospital.  Bartat (38), a married mother of two, had told the court that in September 2014, she had been removing two general waste bins when she felt a jab in her left thigh.
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THIS VANCOUVER MAN HAS PICKED UP THOUSANDS OF DISCARDED NEEDLES
Charles Bafford wants to make amends for a life torn apart by a gambling addiction — one needle at a time  What Charles Bafford has displayed on a picnic table in front of his home at Main and Terminal is no longer a shocking sight in the Vancouver of 2019: containers and bags full of needles.  - He estimates there are about 1,500.
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