|Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter||July 26, 2019|
|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.
|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 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 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|
|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|
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
VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
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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