Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter March 22, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Every Mother Counts: Fighting for an AIDS-Free Generation - Huffington Post
New alternative to open heart surgery - HealthCanal.com
New sharps laws
Health and safety professionals have been given advice on how new laws can help them reduce needle, scalpel blade and other sharps injuries in the healthcare industry.  New UK and EU laws coming into force this spring require employers to provide better protection against accidents caused by this equipment. And the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Healthcare Group held an event for the first time in Northern Ireland on Friday 22 March, in Belfast, giving advice to healthcare organisations on what they need to do to comply.
UK must learn from US on sharps injuries, campaigners say ...
NHS efforts to reduce needlestick injuries must draw on experience from the US, where they have fallen by a third in a decade, safety campaigners believe.
Protecting your healthcare workers: what the 'sharps' Directive means for you
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has this week issued new guidance on the use of instruments able to cut, prick, and cause injury and/or infection - sharps - in the health industry. This coincides with the planned implementation of the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 this May. The Directive is designed to ensure healthcare workers are better protected from injuries caused by medical sharps.
What is required of healthcare employers and employees concerning Sharps Safety?
This information sheet is for healthcare employers and employees. It will help you understand the legal obligations under the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 (the Sharps Regulations).
Needlestick Safety and Prevention – A nurse’s best advice
As I was observing a patient in a seclusion room several years ago, he came to the door leaned over and rolled something under the door for me. I stood and stared at a used needle that was left in the room from another patient before him. Not only could the needle have been used as a weapon, but the patient in that room could have stepped on the needle and been stuck as well.
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HIV
African grandmother hails HIV aid - Irish Independent
Watch out, TB-HIV coinfection on the rise - Jakarta Post
push for an HIV-free generation - UNICEF (press release)
In One Simple Tool, Hope for HIV Prevention - New York Times (blog)
HEPATITIS
Treating Hepatitis B and C - TheBody.com
Egg Harbor Township clinic on cutting edge of hepatitis C treatments - Press of Atlantic City
Maxim employee forged email to state in hepatitis c case - Baltimore Sun
Sex Between Monogamous Heterosexuals Rarely Source of Hepatitis C ... - Science Daily (press release)
Even moderate drinking may be risky with hepatitis C - Fox News
Loopholes Allowed Health Care Worker To Transmit Hepatitis C To Patients
He’s accused of exposing nearly 2,000 patients to hepatitis, including several in Maryland.
Now a new report details how a healthcare worker lied to keep working at hospitals in eight different states. David Kwiatkowski was fired three times and suspended once for suspicion of stealing drugs, yet was still able to continue working at hospitals across the country.
 
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.
 
 
WEST NILE
West Nile virus victims are remembered - NewsOK.com
Recovering from West Nile brings family together - NewsOK.com
Testing underway for West Nile virus as a survivor recovers - WFAA
IN THE NEWS
OP-ED: SYRINGE PRICKS SERIOUS HAZARD
As a nurse, one of my greatest fears while on the job was suffering a needle stick. This fear was heightened when I worked in a surgical intensive care unit and cared for liver transplant patients. The hepatitis C virus is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States, and I did not want to prick myself with infected syringes by forcing them into overstuffed biohazard containers. Fortunately, I was able to walk away from my bedside nursing career unscathed. However, not all those at risk of suffering a needle stick in the medical field or other occupations are as fortunate. One in three police officers is a victim of a needle stick injury at least once in their career, and 28 percent have multiple needle sticks.
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UNISTIK 3
The Unistick 3 has been developed to provide the most comfortable blood sampling experience for the patient, whilst giving the healthcare professional complete control and confidence during the procedure. The unique raised dots mask the sensation of pain by stimulating the nerve endings responsible for contact, pressure and texture, making the procedure a more comfortable experience for the patient. The needle retracts immediately after use.
VEINVIEWER FROM CHRISTIE
VeinViewer projects an image much like a picture on a movie screen, but VeinViewerr does this in real time making the patient's skin the "screen". VeinViewer is the only direct projection vascular imaging device clinically proven to improve peripheral vascular access by reducing the number of sticks and improving patient satisfaction.
FREE WEBINAR - A MORE COMPLETE APPROACH TO INFECTION PREVENTION BY PEGGY PRINZ LUEBBERT
Everyone seems to agree that cleaner hospitals are safer hospitals. However, because of the frequency of contamination with soft surface fabrics such as privacy curtains, uniforms/scrubs, bed linens and lab coats, laundering alone is not enough and does not reduce cross contamination while in use. 
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DID ACUPUNCTURIST INTENTIONALLY SPREAD HIV?
A Swiss music teacher and amateur acupuncturist has been charged with infecting 16 people with HIV between 2001 and 2005. Prosecutors say the man, Maurice Goeller, used his unlicensed acupuncturist job as an excuse to stick needles infected with the AIDS-causing virus into over a dozen people, including his music school students. It’s not clear whether the HIV infections were the result of using non-sterile acupuncture needles, or whether Goeller was intentionally infecting his clients.
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QR-CODE TOILET PAPER AIMS TO WIPE OUT HIV
 
Whether printed with tweets, ads or coupons, toilet paper has played the gimmicky roll — I mean role — in many campaigns. TP’s newest campaign may be a little cheeky, but its target goes way beyond bathroom humor. (I sure hope that they wash their hands — and maybe their phone — after they are done flushing.)
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CDC: 1 IN 50 POOR, STRAIGHT URBAN AMERICANS INFECTED WITH HIV
Drug abuse, prostitution tied to heightened risk, latest survey findsAbout one in every 50 heterosexual Americans living in poorer urban neighborhoods is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
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CHILDREN LOSE CLAIM FOR €38,000 FOR SYRINGE INJURIES SUFFERED FROM PLAYING IN LOCAL PARK
Two children, aged three and four when they suffered “needlestick” injuries while playing in a rubbish-strewn park, have each lost €38,000 damages claims against a local authority.
 
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DISGUSTED RESIDENT FINDS USED NEEDLE IN KIRKINTILLOCH
URGENT action has been called for after a man found a used SYRINGE discarded inches away from his back door. David Nisbet, who lives in Burns Court, Kirkintilloch, made the gruesome discovery last week. Now he wants East Dunbartonshire Council, who own the majority of the flats in the block, to step in - claiming their neglect has let common areas become havens for drug addicts and teenage drinkers.
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CONTAMINATION OF DRUGS FOUND AT CONNECTICUT HOSPITAL PROMPTS NATIONWIDE WARNING
The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and hospital managers about a nationwide recall of all drugs made by a New Jersey compounding pharmacy because they may be contaminated with mold.  The recalled products from Med Prep Consulting Inc. include dozens of drugs packaged in infusion bags, plastic syringes and glass vials distributed to regional hospitals.
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NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DIABETES INJECTION SAFETY
WISE (Workshop on Injection Safety in Endocrinology) has published new global recommendations on ensuring the safety of injections in diabetes.The new recommendations are designed to ensure the safety of patients, professionals and all persons in potential contact with sharps used in the treatment of diabetes.
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VETERANS' HOSPITAL EXPOSES HUNDREDS TO HIV AND HEPATITIS
A New York veteran's hospital may have exposed more than 700 of its patients with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by mistakenly reusing its insulin pens, which are used to inject diabetes patients with a hormone produced by...
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ADVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SHARPS SAFETY STRATEGIES
ICT invited members of industry to share their perspectives on sharps safety strategies.
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SAFETOUCH II FISTULA NEEDLE - ONCE LOCKED, IT STAYS LOCKED!
The only system with built-in safety advantages: a permanent locking feature eliminates the worry of accidental needlesticks; textured wings provide secure grip; system is low profile and is designed to meet all OSHA safety requirements.
 
 
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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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