Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 2, 2019
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Unashamed: My Scary Dirty HCV Needlestick Story
Police union wants mandatory disease testing after needlestick injuries
Epidemiology of needlestick and sharp injuries among health care workers based on records from 252 hospitals for the period 2010–2014, Poland
Why I Choose Multiple Daily Injections over an Insulin Pump
I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes since 1997, and I have been managing my diabetes with insulin injections (multiple daily injections – MDI) since day one. I briefly tried an insulin pump, and it was not for me, so I’m back to being happy and thriving doing MDI.
 
In this post, I’ll walk you through my journey and why I choose to use insulin pens over an insulin pump.
 
My goal with this article is not to sway you either way, but to tell you my experience and to give you the rundown of the pros and the cons of insulin pumps and insulin pens respectively.
Multiple breaches of injection safety practices identified in New Jersey septic arthritis outbreak
Multiple violations of injection safety and infection prevention practices--from lack of handwashing to inappropriate re-use of medication vials--were identified after an outbreak of septic arthritis at a New Jersey outpatient facility in 2017, according to an investigation published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Investigators found 41 patients with osteoarthritis contracted the rare, painful infection following injections in their knee joints, including 33 who required surgical removal of damaged tissue.
Multiple injection safety violations found in NJ septic arthritis outbreak
Multiple violations of injection safety and infection prevention practices - from lack of handwashing to inappropriate re-use of medication vials - were identified after an outbreak of septic arthritis at a New Jersey outpatient facility in 2017, according to an investigation published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Investigators found 41 patients with osteoarthritis contracted the rare, painful infection following injections in their knee joints, including 33 who required surgical removal of damaged tissue.
Multiple Injection Safety Violations Led to NJ Outbreak
Multiple violations of injection safety and infection prevention practices contributed to a 2017 outbreak of septic arthritis at a New Jersey outpatient facility, according to an investigation published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology last week.
HIV
Florida Man Gets 10 Years For Knowingly Spreading HIV To Girlfriends
Even when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatment
Trump's war on HIV: Ohio officials, with new federal dollars, tell CDC director battle plans
South Florida Scientists Crack 'Death Star' Challenge In HIV Vaccine Research
Death risk higher for cancer patients with HIV
Thousands of People Are About to Test an HIV Vaccine
Despite treatment, elderly cancer patients have worse outcomes if HIV-positive
WHO Report Casts Shadow on Global Anti-HIV Fight
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
Nigeria: Health Alert - Drinking Zobo, Kunu in Reused Bottles Can Expose Consumers to TB, Hepatitis - Medical Professionals
Hepatitis A still a concern as new school year draws closer
Virginia Health Department Warns of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Restaurant
After declaring hepatitis A emergency, state surgeon general stresses hand washing
Why 17 Florida counties declared 'critically impacted' by hepatitis A and what that means for you
Hepatitis A Sparks Public Health Emergencies in Florida, Philadelphia
Mind and Body: World Hepatitis Day is Sunday
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day with the theme “Find the Missing Millions.”
The World Hepatitis Alliance estimates that there are 300 million people who are unaware that they are infected with hepatitis B or C. Because of these numbers, hepatitis has been called one of the biggest global health threats of our time.
Washington state launches plan to eliminate hepatitis C virus
A group of state agencies and partners, in response to a directive from Gov. Jay Inslee, officially launched the Hep C Free Washington Plan to Eliminate Hepatitis C in Washington State by 2030.
 
Hepatitis C infection is the most common infection spread through blood in the United States with about 2.4 million people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a public health crisis in our state. At the beginning of 2018, nearly 60,000 Washingtonians were estimated to be living with HCV, and many don’t know it.
WEST NILE
Decline in West Nile virus cases linked to high number of bird deaths in 2018, experts say
West Nile virus becoming a risk in Southern Nevada, possibly Southern Utah
DeKalb, Fulton send up first West Nile alerts of the season
Valley residents discuss life after contracting West Nile virus
More West Nile virus cases reported in Las Vegas area
EBOLA
Japan Finds Suspected Case of Ebola, Health Ministry Says
A year after outbreak, Ebola has killed hundreds in the DRC
DR Congo tests 12 more patients for Ebola
Mozambique Sets Up Checkpoints for Ebola Along Malawi Border
Emory doctors reunite with Ebola patients 5 years after treatment
Ebola patients to mark 5 years since US treatment
Seven in DR Congo Ebola scare placed under surveillance: WHO
1-year-old daughter, wife of Congo’s Goma victim have Ebola
The Latest: Wife of Ebola victim in Goma has the virus
IN THE NEWS
FORGET SHARKS — MOSQUITOES ARE THE DEADLIEST MANEATERS ON EARTH
If we were rational creatures, we would fear our back yards more than our beaches. Though oceans contain real-life monsters like the great white, our lawns and parks are home to humankind’s deadliest foe: the ubiquitous mosquito.
 
“Harvester of human populations,” “the grim reaper,” “the deadliest hunters of human beings on the planet” — these are some of the ways that history professor Timothy C. Winegard describes these flying pests in his new book “Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator” (Dutton), out Tuesday.
 
The numbers speak for themselves: “The mosquito has killed more people than any other cause of death in human history,” writes Winegard. “Statistical extrapolation situates mosquito-inflicted deaths approaching half of all humans that have ever lived.”
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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
 
THE BEST POLICE NEEDLE STICK & PUNCTURE RESISTANT GLOVES - REVIEW AND LIVE DEMO
Police Officers and those in similar professions had to sacrifice dexterity for safety. But not anymore. Watch as our Founder and CEO does a LIVE demo of the needle stick resistant gloves he developed after 13 years on the job.
 
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BACKGROUND TO EU DIRECTIVE
In February 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on promoting health and safety in the workplace. This included a call on the European Commission to ensure Member States implemented specific preventative measures necessary to protect healthcare workers from injuries caused by needlesticks in view of the risk of infection from serious blood-borne infections, such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV.
 
In July 2006, the European Parliament adopted a resolution requesting that the Commission submit a legislative proposal on protecting healthcare workers from blood-borne infections due to needle stick injuries.
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NIOSH TO DEVELOP TRAINING ON SHIFT WORK, LONG HOURS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
A new project proposed by NIOSH is intended to inform the development of a training program to raise awareness among law enforcement officers and employers about the risks associated with shift work and long work hours. According to the agency, these work schedules and inadequate sleep are likely “critical contributors” to health problems among police officers. Shorter life spans, high occupational injury rates, and chronic illnesses are among the health and safety risks associated with work in law enforcement. NIOSH’s new training program will provide workplace strategies for employers and personal strategies for officers to reduce these risks.
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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

 

NICOLA STURGEON REPEATS HER PROMISE TO ELIMINATE HEPATITIS C BY 2030
Nicola Sturgeon has reiterated her pledge to commit Scotland to the World Health Organisations target of eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030.
 
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus infecting around 21,000 people in Scotland, of whom half are unaware they have the infection.
 
People can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms, but untreated cases can cause fatal cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the third most common cause of liver disease, one of the five ‘big killers’ in the UK and the only one where mortality is rising.
 
There are a number of transmission routes, but the most common is through the sharing of drug equipment which accounts for around 90 per cent of new infections. Other routes include receiving blood products or blood transfusions through the NHS before adequate screening in the 1990s, and the sharing of toothbrushes, scissors and razors.
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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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