Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 12, 2013
Safer Sharps in a Dangerous World
Syringe reuse is a worldwide problem. So is accidental needlestick injury. Both problems could be dramatically reduced if all syringes were truly and effectively safety-engineered and designed to preclude reuse. In a sense, accidental needlestick injuries are reuse, albeit unintentional. Both intentional syringe reuse and needlestick injuries can transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), HIV, and many other bloodborne pathogens from a contaminated donor to a recipient. 
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick safety device - Healthcare Packaging
BD Medical Announces Commercial Launch Of BD UltraSafe PLUS Safety Device - RTT News
Mum-of-four Robyn Wright, 45, awarded $494750 compensation after holiday ... - Courier Mail
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

 
HIV
Ghana Has The Highest Reduction Of HIV Infection In West And Central Africa - Ghana
Misery of a Young HIV-Positive Mother - AllAfrica.com
Abused kids contract HIV in Goa - Times of India
Sponsored Post: Support the HIV/AIDS Fight by Dining Out for Life - SFist
Wife Killed Over HIV Fear - ABC News
HEPATITIS
Judge asks sides to compromise on Exeter hepatitis C trial date - Seacoastonline.com
Tech charged in hepatitis C outbreak seeks trial delay - Concord Monitor
Penny-Pinching Health Care Company Put 50000 People At Risk For Hepatitis - ThinkProgress
Jury Awards $500 Million Damages in Hepatitis Case - Wall Street Journal
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
Dallas County officials say they're ready for West Nile season - FOX 4 News
Illinois Health Department Awards West Nile Virus Prevention Grants - eNews Park Forest
Mississippi records first West Nile case of 2013 in Madison County - Jackson Clarion Ledger
West Nile may not be as bad this Spring - WOAI
Four North Texas Counties Jointly Fighting West Nile Virus -
Oregon veterinarians remind horse owners to vaccinate against West Nile Virus - OregonLive.com
Incidence of needlestick and other sharp object injuries in newly graduated nurses
Nurses are particularly at high risk of needlestick and injuries by other sharp object (hereafter called needlestick injuries). Newly graduated nurses (hereafter called new nurses) now comprise >10% of a typical hospital’s nursing staff. Nursing students have a higher risk than registered nurses.
IN THE NEWS
LIBYA ORDERED TO PAY 1 MILLION EUROS TO PALESTINIAN DOCTOR IN HIV CASE- DR ASHRAF EL HAGOUG, SERVED EIGHT YEARS IN HIV CASE
A Dutch court has ordered Libya to pay a Palestinian doctor 1 million Euros in damages for his eight years of imprisonment after being falsely accused by the Qaddafi regime of infecting 400 Libyans with the HIV virus.
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SURVEY ON INSULIN PEN REUSE ON MULTIPLE PATIENTS
When insulin pens were introduced they were intended for individual patient use in the home setting and in ambulatory clinics. The convenience of insulin pens has been attractive to hospitals. Unfortunately, a lack of training has resulted in the misuse of the device when clinicians switch out the needle, and reuse the pen on other patients. ISIPS is conducting a short survey to better understand the scope of the problem. 
ISIPS INTRODUCES THE DAILY "NEEDLESTICK SCOOP.IT" BLOG
ISIPS is curating a daily blog that we curate each day with additional news about needlesticks, sharps injury, HIV and Hepatitis.  It is called the Needlestick Scoop.it blog. Just click on the more below to have access to this wonderful blog.
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Port Access Infusion Sets – Safety – K-Shield®
 
K-Shield® Port Access Infusion Sets
  • Low profile design – streamlined design helps make dressing simple and efficient and improves patient comfort during long infusion times.
  • Simple safety device activation – clinician-friendly and easy to use; audible click lets you know the needle is locked and enclosed during activation.
  • Non-coring siliconized needle – minimizes irritation while the port is being accessed or when the needle is removed.
  • Spacers on skin plate – allows air flow and minimizes moisture between patient’s skin and underneath skin plate.
  • Non-DEHP fluid path – offers a safe, DEHP-free fluid path
K-Shield Infusion SEt
WHY SHARPS TRAINING DOESN'T ALWAYS
A generation ago, healthcare professionals were not required to deal effectively with workplace hazard regulation and patient privacy laws, both of which are fairly recent innovations.  That's why there's still no widespread agreement on what sort of training actually "sticks."  To be genuinely effective, training has to work, and Sharps and Bloodborne Pathogen training haven't been around long enough to generate validation that will satisfy everyone involved.  That’s why truly antiquated training programs are still a staple of the employee development marketplace. 
How can you make Sharps training stick? Read more >
THE FIRST EXETER HOSPITAL HEPATITIS C RELATED CIVIL CASE IS SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL ON NOV. 10, 2014.
The 18 attorneys representing the 27 listed cases against Exeter Hospital and other defendants appeared at Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood on Friday morning to finalize all litigation-related dates, including due dates for disclosure of discovery, expert witness interrogatories depositions and trials.
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'SHARPS' INJURIES HAVE MAJOR HEALTH AND COST IMPACT FOR SURGEON
Need for Increased Awareness, Reporting and Prevention, Says Review in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
High Rate of Sharps Injuries in OR—Surgeons at Highest Risk.  Nearly 400,000 sharps injuries occur each year in the United States. About 25 percent of injured workers are surgeons—for whom the risk is highest in the operating room. "Despite healthcare policies designed to protect healthcare workers, injuries remain common," Dr. Chung and colleagues write. Nearly all surgeons will sustain a sharps injury sometime during their career. 
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NEEDLESTICK RISKS: AN INTERVIEW WITH A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARMER
While needlestick injuries are usually minor, certain injection related injuries are very serious. Studies have shown that 80% of farm workers and 73% of swine veterinarians working in animal agriculture have experienced a needlestick injury.
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DENTISTS AT RISK OF PSYCHIATRIC TRAUMA FROM NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
 
A new study published in the scientific journal Occupational Medicine has found that those who experience needlestick injuries can suffer persistent and substantial psychiatric illness or depression.
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CONNELLSVILLE MAN AWARDED $50K FOR ROLLING OVER NEEDLE IN HOSPITAL BED, FEARS INFECTIOUS DISEASES
A Fayette County man who said he fears he was exposed to diseases from a needle stick while a patient in a Connellsville hospital has been awarded $50,000.
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NEW LAW TO CUT ‘SHARPS’ INJURIES
New regulations come into force next month that aim to reduce needlestick and other sharps injuries in dentistry.  Appalled by the failure of previous legislation to prevent the one million needlestick injuries each year in Europe, the health unions last year demanded EU action.
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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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