Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 24, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Taking steps to prevent hepatitis - NorthJersey.com
Safe in Common Announces Third Online Conference to Push for Needlestick ... - Infection Control Today
Glucose testing kit in needlestick incident - Endocrinology Update
EU rules bring greater protection from needlestick injuries - Nursing Times
Firefighter recovering after needle stick - WNYT
Needlestick regulations become UK law - Nursing in Practice
Non-consensual testing after needlestick injury: A legal and ethical drama - Practical Ethics (blog)
Reversal of no liability finding for needlestick injury in Queensland holiday ... - Lexology (registration)
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.
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

 
EU ISSUES STRINGENT SHARPS REGULATION
Legislation from Brussels is aimed at preventing avoidable accidents that account for 17% of work-based injuries in the health service. NHS employers and staff need to be aware of and take action on new European legislation concerning the prevention of injuries from sharp medical devices, warned the NHS Confederation.
 
HIV
HIV test case heard by Zimbabwe's new Constitutional Court - SW Radio Africa
The Big Push to Defeat HIV & AIDS in Ghana - Huffington Post (blog)
Allegations Of HIV Tainted Food At Jail - Fox17
We can't allow the search for a cure for HIV to 'get in the way of access to ... - Deutsche Welle
HIV infection rates rising in Kazakhstan - Aljazeera.com
UNAIDS reports more than 7 million people now on HIV treatment across Africa ... - UNAIDS
HEPATITIS
Taking steps to prevent hepatitis - NorthJersey.com
Significant Progress in the Treatment of Hepatitis C - MD News (press release)
Nurse Sues Hospital After Hepatitis C Outbreak - Patch.com
The Majority of Physicians that Treat Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Have Begun ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Judge admonishes prosecutor in hepatitis C case - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Health officials make effort to increase hepatitis awareness - The Sylva Herald
Andrew Muir, MD, analyzes recent hepatitis C clinical trial results - Healio
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 warning: 'People are not afraid enough,' says woman who ... - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
West Nile season becomes a guessing game for Dallas County mosquito trackers - Dallas Morning News (blog)
Will County activates its West Nile virus hotline for mosquito season - Chicago Tribune
Health officials begin tracking West Nile virus - The Columbian
2012 Was Worst Year For West Nile Virus In Michigan - CBS Local
2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US, CDC says - NBCNews.com (blog)
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 COMPLAINT BRINGS SHARP RESPONSE FROM OSHA
If a nurse or other health care professional suffers a needlestick from a contaminated needle, there is a strict protocol to be followed to ensure that the worker receives treatment to minimize the possibility of infection. When that doesn’t happen, the fallout can be serious.
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HIV NURSE SLAMS AUSTRALIA NEEDLE DANGER
AUSTRALIA is way behind the US and Europe in protecting medical workers from sharp objects, says a former US nurse who contracted HIV and hepatitis C through a needle injury. Dr Karen Daley, in Melbourne to attend a nursing conference, says it is "surprising and distressing" that Australia does not have safety regulations.
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NURSE CARTS BECOMING MORE SOPHISTICATED IN CAPABILITIES AND USE
Claude Parnell wants to know why it is that people can track a $5 pair of socks at every stopping point between Amazon.com and their house, but most hospitals can't track medications between the pharmacy department and the bedside -even those that cost $10,000 or more per dose.
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NEW 'SHARPS' LAWS TAKE EFFECT
New legislation that governs the use of "sharps" in the healthcare industry have now taken effect in the UK.  The government introduced the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations in order to comply with a new directive sanctioned by the EU.
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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.

 
NON-BBV INFECTIONS AFTER NEEDLESTICK INJURY
Sharps or needlestick injury carries with it, in some circumstances, a predictable risk of bloodborne virus infection.
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TESTING KIT IN KIDS NEEDLESTICK INCIDENT
Four primary school children in Tasmania have cause a health scare after pricking each other with a needle from a glucose testing kit. 
 
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PHOTO TIMELINE: EXETER HEPATITIS C DISASTER
A worker was charged with infecting 32 patients with hepatitis C by injecting himself with their drugs to get high.
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RAINCOAT SEASON: 180,000 TEENAGERS IN NIGERIA ARE LIVING WITH HIV, SAYS UNICEF
This latest figure was released during a national dialogue on adolescents living with HIV in Nigeria
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AS HEPATITIS C SPREADS, SCOTLAND STEPS IN
DUNDEE, Scotland—Sam Nicoll, an unemployed laborer with a history of heroin use in this down-and-out city, has recently been released from prison. He's just become a father. And on a recent morning, he ran out of injection needles.But a nurse here, Brian Stephens, wants the 24-year-old to focus on a different problem: hepatitis C.
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NEW CASE OF HEPATITIS B IN HARRINGTON CASE
Health officials say one new case of hepatitis has been found among thousands of patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon whose clinics were determined unsanitary by investigators.
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THE UNFINISHED AGENDA: WHEN WILL HEALTHCARE WORKER SHARPS INJURIES BECOME A NEVER EVENT?
Safe in Common invites you to participate in the third online conference in a series that examines how the healthcare community can raise awareness about the dangers of needlestick- and sharps-related injuries, as well as how to prevent them and keep healthcare personnel and patients safe. The meeting, to be held on May 30 at 1 pm EDT,  will focus on Addressing sharps exposure in alternate care sites beyond the hospital, Identifying injury prevention needs within healthcare organizations using a task analysis tool, Introducing Safe in Common's Top 10 "Golden Rules" of safer engineering controls
Register for the meeting here >
QLICKSMART BLADESINGLE
 
Qlicksmart BladeSINGLE provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades in sterile operating environments. This world-first single-handed scalpel blade remover prevents the dangerous injuries commonly caused by removing blades with fingers, forceps or re-sheathing techniques.
 
BladeSINGLE enables single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harm’s way. The clear casing of the cartridge allows easy and accurate counting.
 
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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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