Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 22, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Take care to avoid needlestick injuries - Farmers Guardian
Safe in Common's "The Unfinished Agenda: Addressing the Challenges ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Dr Viv's Blog: The many faces of Hepatitis C - 6minutes (blog)
Veebot's Needle Wielding Robot to Automate Blood Draws - Singularity Hub
For UNC team, drug delivery is 'No Sweat' - WRAL Tech Wire
Firm Advocates Needle Management With Sharpx - AllAfrica.com
Drug needle dangers - Durham News
Risk of Sharps - RDH
Injuries from Safety Syringes
We recently asked a question in our safety syringe survey where we asked clinicians to identify why they believe that sharps injuries are occureing with safety syringes.. Here are the results
Harder to use   21.0%
Takes longer to use 10.5%
Safety mechanism not activated at time of injury 
71.8%
Safety feature inadvertently activated too soon 11.3%
Safety feature improperly activated
68.5%
There was inadequate training on the use of the device  44.4%
Other  20.2%
 
 
HIV
No increase in HIV/AIDS cases in India: Azad - Times of India
HIV Linked to Sudden Loss of Hearing - MedPage Today
Detroit gets $3.2 million for HIV treatment & prevention - WXYZ
Is HIV Being Shortchanged? - Huffington Post
HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators? - CounterPunch
SharpsSentinel Wall Cabinet System

 

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The SharpSentinel™ Wall Cabinet System secure sharps containers in a sturdy locked enclosure. SharpSentinel™ wall cabinets are perfect for use in patient rooms, exam rooms, physician and dentist offices, and any other areas where staff supervision is limited. Designed to protect staff from accidental needlesticks, this new system complies with all OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and JCAHO requirements.
 

Sharps Sentinel Cabinet

For more information, contact Bemis Health Care Products Group at  800-558-7651

 
HEPATITIS
UnitedHealth faces suit over hepatitis outbreak - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (blog)
State wrapping up hepatitis C probe - Seacoastonline.com
Australia Abortion Doctor on Trial for Spreading Hepatitis C - LifeNews.com
New Hepatitis C Trial Begins - CBS Local
Hundreds line up for vaccines after Hepatitis scare at local restaurants - WBTV
Insurers' Trial Begins In Hepatitis Outbreak - CBS Local
Patient Safe Syringes
Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination. Their unique luer guard reduces the risk of luer tip contact contamination.
It also reduces the risk of contamination of intravenous fluid. Patient Safe® syringes are compatible with most available hypodermic needles, including those with manually activated safety features, vial access devices, and luer-activated catheter hub.
 
 
Man infected in Exeter hepatitis C outbreak settles lawsuit
An Exeter man infected with hepatitis C during last year’s outbreak at Exeter Hospital recently settled his civil suit against the hospital and other parties, according to court documents
WEST NILE
Dallas County adds more power to West Nile virus anti-mosquito campaign - Vaccine News Daily (blog)
CDC Offers Weak Numbers on West Nile Spraying - Dallas Observer
Tracking West Nile - KERA News
West Nile virus more prevalent among mosquitoes in vineyards, orchards - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Cellular Garbage Collectors Beat West Nile, Study Shows - Bloomberg
IN THE NEWS
ISIPS TEAMS UP WITH SMART TRAINING TO PROVIDE OSHA TRAINING AT REDUCED PRICES
Smart Training LLC and ISIPS have teamed up to provide quality training at discounted prices.   Just go to Smarttraningllc.com and use the code ISIPS and you will receive discounts on training including bloodborne pathogen, HIPAA, Sharps Safety and many others.   ISIPS will be highlighing the training in upcoming editions of the ISIPS Newsletter. This is an exciting opportunity for healthcare workers to have meaningful training opportunities at reduced prices.  Just be sure to put in the code "ISIPS" when you sign up. Happy Learning!
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VACUETTE BLOOD COLLECTION TUBES
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The advantages of using an evacuated blood collection system made out of plastic has been well known for a long time. It is of the greatest importance to produce high quality samples and analysis results, along with minimized risk of infection to staff. Greiner Bio-One can offer a complete range of evacuated blood collection tubes made out of virtually unbreakable PET-plastic. All of them are equipped with a unique safety cap, which also offers maximum security to healthcare workers. Coagulation is a critical testing area proving to be a challenge to some manufacturers. Not for us at Greiner. 

VACUETTE® Blood Collection Tubes

 
SURVEY ON SHARPS SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY
Editor's Note
I am preparing to write an article on sharps safety in the community.  I am hoping to gather some information from healthcare workers to assist in directing what needs to be discussed.  We often talk about the concern about needlestick and other sharps injuries in the healthcare setting.  We discuss the number of needlestick injuries that occur in healthcare settings.  One area that should be discussed further is “sharps safety in the community.”  So what options are available for safe needle disposal in the community? The number of options are usually limited and poorly understood by the general public. I would like to request your assistance in answerng a few questions concerning sharps safety in YOUR community.  Thank you in advance.
 
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SHARPS DISPOSAL BY MAIL SYSTEM

The sharps disposal by mail system represents the first complete disposal system pioneered for simplified management of used needles, syringes and other small quantities of medical waste.  The sharps disposal by mail system is a government approved system comprised of a specially designed mailable sharps container, a post each prepaid return shipping box, and instructions in both English and Spanish.  These systems are available in 1 quart, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon and 18 gallon systems.

 

DRUG NEEDLE DANGERS
Among the occupational hazards that exist for the law enforcement officers of our communities, used syringes and needles are often not considered.
Guns, knives, and other weapons often come to mind, but the dangers of drug paraphernalia are often not given adequate consideration in terms of the dangers that they pose to the brave men and women who serve our communities as law enforcement officers.
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ONGOING CONCERN ABOUT INSULIN PEN REUSE SHOWS HOSPITALS NEED TO CONSIDER TRANSITIONING AWAY FROM THEM
As a result of ongoing issues with the reuse of insulin pens on multiple patients, we believe that hospitals should closely reexamine the safe use of these pen devices, with strong consideration given to transitioning away from insulin pens for routine inpatient use.
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DELTA NEEDLE-STICK VICTIM FACES SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (FROM ARCHIVES)
Delta passenger James Tonges seemed  calm enough today telling ABC he was taking an anti-HIV drug after biting into a needle-laden turkey sandwich –  but he still has a lot of worry to chew on. Tonges will “certainly” have sleepless nights over the incident, wondering about his health,  according to Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee. The risk is small, but he  could have been exposed to the HIV virus or hepatitis B or C. Half a dozen sewing needles were found on four separate flights from Amsterdam bound for Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. “It’s quite understandable to have confusion and anger over what happened with a needle hidden in a sandwich,” said Schaffner. “Needles have nothing to do with making sandwiches in my house. Someone must have put them there.”
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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B.SAFE NEEDLE SAFETY SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

 

Packaging your drug in a prefillable syringe with a safety feature will provide protection for health care workers and patients against accidental needlestick injuries. The B.safe syringe system, when properly activated, will shield the exposed needle. 


  System Benefits

     • Mitigates glass flange breakage
     • Bulk packaging enables automated assembly
     • Designed to prevent pre-activation
     • Uses standard plunger rods
     • Tamper resistant

 
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