Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 26, 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
Kerbside recycling jeopardises safety of Veolia staff - Tasmania Examiner
Sterican® Hypodermic Needles and Safecan™ Safety Introducer Needles from ... - DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Reversal of no liability finding for needlestick injury in Queensland holiday ... - Lexology (registration)
Needlestick safety device - Healthcare Packaging
'Sharps' injury as traumatic as car crash - Nursing in Practice
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
25th annual walk benefits people with HIV, AIDS - MiamiHerald.com
Early signs for HIV cure are 'promising' as Danish scientists begin test on humans - New York Daily News
Sheryl Lee Ralph throws support behind National HIV Response - Jamaica Gleaner
HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists - The Independent
HEPATITIS
HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists - The Independent
Attention Baby Boomers: Get Screened for Hepatitis C - Science Daily (press release)
International consortium exploring long-term outcomes of treating hepatitis C ... - University of Florida
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
Health Officials Prepare For West Nile Season - Medical Daily
ND pastor paralyzed by West Nile working to overcome virus - AberdeenNews.com
Officials question if West Nile Virus fatalities will continue to rise after ... - Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com
PA Counties Prep For West Nile Virus - Patch.com
West Nile Virus Season Starts in May - Patch.com
State stops testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus - Columbus Dispatch
Mosquito Tests Positive For West Nile Virus In Highland Park - CBS 11
Unilife Develops Unifill Assure To Enhance Patient Self-Injection Of Biologics
This combination of automatic, user-controlled and fully integrated needle retraction eliminates risks such as needlestick injuries or the...
IN THE NEWS
NEEDLESTICK SAFETY:
A Snapshot into Our Culture and the Challenges We Face By Mary Foley RN, PhD, Chairperson, Safe in Common | NEWS-Line for Nurses
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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
CATALOGUE OF NEGLECT AT HOSPITAL
Health watchdogs have attacked lax management at Letterkenny General Hospital for allowing unlocked rooms where chemicals, painkillers and other strong medications and syringes were stored.
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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.

 
HOSPITAL SAFETY: YOUR RESPONSIBILITY OR THEIRS?
Airline passengers don’t review the preflight checklist with the pilot, and restaurant customers aren’t expected to check the kitchen and the staff for cleanliness. (Hospital safety: your responsibility or theirs?
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THE IMPORTANCE OF NEEDLESTICK RESISTANCE CLOTHING IN ANY WORKPLACE.
Whilst those businesses that deal with hazardous substances and potentially dangerous items on a daily basis will be well aware of the ...
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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.

 
POLICE OFFICER WHO GOT HEPATITIS C IN BRAWL WITH SUSPECT WINS COMPENSATION BATTLE
In a judgment published today, the Workers Compensation Tribunal has found SA Police must pay for the officer's physical and psychological suffering.
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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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