Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 3, 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
Paramedics count on new tools - The Chronicle Journal
STONE: Dispose of home needles and sharps properly - Odessa American
Passive Needle Guard features FDA 510(k) clearance. - ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release)
Needlestick safety device - Healthcare Packaging
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
Experts advocate for widespread HIV testing - Ct Post
Medical Panel: All Americans 15-65 Should Get HIV Test - Boise Weekly
Routine HIV testing recommended for most adults - Syracuse.com (blog)
HIV 'Cure' Looks Promising, Danish Scientists Say - WebMD
Task force calls for routine HIV testing for all adults - NBCNews.com (blog)
HEPATITIS
New Hope For Hepatitis B Patients? - Ivanhoe
Jury Selection Progressing in Las Vegas Hepatitis C Case - KLAS-TV
Hepatitis C women's support group loses High Court action - Irish Independent
Hepatitis C Screenings Offered at Robinson Market District - Patch.com
Costs of probe into HIV, hepatitis infection risk from Tulsa dentist top $700000 - Tulsa World
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
Texas lawmakers consider bill to bolster West Nile defenses - WFAA
West Nile Virus Teen Victim Relapses One Year Later - CBS 11
Could The West Nile Return To Harris County - MyFox Houston
Health Officials Prepare For West Nile Season - Medical Daily
ND pastor paralyzed by West Nile working to overcome virus - AberdeenNews.com
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...
Kerbside recycling jeopardises safety of Veolia staff
Disgruntled recycle workers at Spreyton are fed up with finding syringes and dirty nappies in recycling collections.These items are jeopardising the safety of workers.
IN THE NEWS
REVERSAL OF NO LIABILITY FINDING FOR NEEDLESTICK INJURY IN QUEENSLAND HOLIDAY APARTMENT
The Queensland Court of Appeal has held a hotel manager liable for a needlestick injury that a guest sustained while staying in a short-term rental apartment, reversing the original decision of no liability.
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INDIA: UNSAFE INJECTION PRACTICES FUELLING HEPATITIS IN INDIA
Though little alarm has been sounded about it, Hepatitis is increasing at a worrying rate in India. Recent World Health Organization (WHO) data puts Hepatitis B cases in India at approximately 1.1 million, with 240,000 annual deaths due to complications associated with it.
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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
SHARPS SAFETY THAT REALLY STICKS!
The Center for Disease Control notes that 1,000 American healthcare workers suffer sharps injuries every day.  Our internal polling indicates that two-thirds of these professionals are injured despite having received Sharps and Bloodborne Pathogen training. 
 
So why doesn't Sharps training "stick?"
 
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BALI SEES 7291 PEOPLE WITH HIV/AIDS
“The number of HIV/AIDS patients is an iceberg phenomenon; therefore, the real number could be much higher than the official figure,”
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PIEDMONT HEALTHCARE WARNS 456 PATIENTS TO TEST FOR HIV, HEPATITIS B, C ATLANTA BUSINESS
Letters were sent to 456 people treated at a Piedmont Healthcare facility informing them they may be at risk for a number of diseases,...
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EU DIRECTIVE 2010/32/EU
Find out how the EU Directive 2010/32/EU effects you. Prevention from sharps injuries in the healthcare sector, never re-sheath needles...
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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.

 
NEEDLESTICK STATISTICS- BY THE NUMBERS
OSHA estimates 5.6 million workers in the U.S. healthcare industry are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries. 
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DISPOSE OF HOME NEEDLES AND SHARPS PROPERLY
Needle stick and sharps related injuries are not only painful, but can lead to blood-borne disease such as hepatitis B & C and HIV/AIDS.
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A HARM REDUCTION RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS OF NEEDLESTICK INJURY ...
Although it is entirely natural for people to fear the consequences of needlestick injury (particularly in public spaces in community settings), the actual risk of serious harm to public/individual health from these types of injuries is ...
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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.

 
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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