Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 19, 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
Woman 'had heroin at hospital' - TheGazette.co.uk
Cooper Grace Ward | Reversal of no liability finding for needlestick injury in ... - Linex Legal (registration) (press release)
Unilife Develops Unifill Assure™ To Enhance Patient Self-Injection Of Biologics - Daily Markets (press release)
Infection Scare at Philadelphia Hospital - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - OutpatientSurgery.net
Needlestick safety device - Healthcare Packaging
Mum-of-four Robyn Wright, 45, awarded $494750 compensation after holiday ... - Courier Mail
Safe in Common to Exhibit at 61st Annual National Student Nurses' Association ... - MarketWatch (press release)
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
Sunday: Tulsan to sue oral surgeon after HIV diagnosis - Tulsa World
Fighting HIV the MTV Way - Huffington Post (blog)
Delayed Weaning May Reduce HIV From Breast-Feeding Women - Bloomberg
Why Circumcision Lowers Risk of HIV - TIME
HEPATITIS
At Least 60 Dental Patients Test Positive For HIV, Hepatitis C - RedOrbit
No deal on NH hepatitis C trial date - Boston Globe
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
Protect Yourself from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus - Waxahachie Daily Light
Mosquitoes bring West Nile worries - Times Record News
West Nile threat: crank up the aerial spraying and…close the door! - Dallas Morning News (blog)
State-paid West Nile virus program cut - Dayton Daily News
Wind delays West Nile spray program in Richardson - WFAA
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.
1.8m Nigerian children orphaned by HIV/AIDS
An estimated 1.8 million Nigerian children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS since the first case of the pandemic was identified in the country in 1986.
Uganda's Soaring HIV Infection Rate Linked to Infidelity
HIV activists are struggling to find ways to address one of Uganda's biggest health crises: soaring HIV infections among couples, caused largely by cheating spouses. 
Russian toddler infected with HIV during blood transfusion
Doctors in Russia accidentally infected a 16-month-old girl with HIV during a blood transfusion, investigators said Monday, opening a criminal probe into the case.  The toddler was given blood from an HIV-infected donor at the Number 5 children’s hospital in Saint Petersburg, the city’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.
IN THE NEWS
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 >
JOEY MEDICAL CLAMP UMBILLICAL CORD CUTTER


Cuts and Clamps the Umbilical Cord 


With an emphasis on safety and ease of use, the Joey Spray Guard is a delivery system that cuts and clamps both the maternal and infant sides of the umbilical cord and leaves the cute Joey Clamp on the infant.

Reduces the Spray 
The Joey Spray Guard provides a concurrent clamping and cutting action that shields the caregiver from blood spray.  This advanced, ergonomically designed product will change the face of delivery.

 
INFECTION SCARE AT PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL - COLONOSCOPY PATIENTS NOTIFIED OF CROSS-CONTAMINATION RISKS.
Dozens of patients who had colonoscopies performed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia have been notified of potential exposure to bloodborne viruses after the GI staff failed to discard instrument rinse water between cases.
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NEVADA COMPOUNDING PHARMACY RECALLS ALL PRODUCTS - FOURTH LARGE-SCALE RECALL SINCE FDA STEPPED UP OVERSIGHT EFFORTS
A Nevada compounding pharmacy is recalling all lots of all sterilely compounded products, the fourth U.S. compounder to do so after the FDA increased inspections in the wake of the New England Compounding Center fungal meningitis outbreak.
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SHARPS INJURIES: THE RISKS AND RELEVANCE TO PLASTIC SURGEONS
 
Surgeons are at risk for injury in the operating room daily. Because of the ubiquity of occupational hazards, injuries remain prevalent and expensive. Although occupational hazards can include musculoskeletal conditions, psychosocial stress, radiation exposure, and the risk of communicable diseases, sharps injuries remain the most common among surgeons in practice and the most frequent route of transmission of blood-borne pathogens. 
 
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BABYLANCE


Designed with many of the same innovations that have made our SurgiLance® safety lancet one of the world’s most popular needlestick solutions, babyLance® is specially designed for neonatal caregivers.

 
12% OF DOCTORS WITH EXPERIENCE OF NEEDLE STICK INJURY (NSI) HAD POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS REACTIONS
NSI injury is common among doctors in training. As 12% of doctors with experience of NSI had post-traumatic stress reactions, special attention should be paid to psychological impacts of NSIs.
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CHINA CONFIRMS 102 H7N9 AVIAN INFLUENZA VIRUS CASES, 20 DEATHS
During the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. on Sunday, China confirmed six new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza, including five in Zhejiang and one in Jiangsu. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 102 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 20 that have ended in death.
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SAFETY SUBCULTURE UNIT

 

The Safety SubCulture Unit (SCU) is a sharps safety device used to obtain samples from positive blood culture bottles.  Needleless sampling reduces risk of needlestick injury.

 

 

The plastic tip safely pierces the bottle septum and makes it easy to insert and remove from the culture bottle. The integrated filter cap controls gas or culture discharge for an added level of safety.

 
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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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