Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter June 28, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Medical colleges want less gruelling residency training shifts - CBC.ca
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Declares Dividends to Series I and II Class B ... - Wall Street Journal
Preparing for the unannounced OSHA inspection - Dental Economics
Needlestick and sharps injuries bid goes to parliament - Nursing Careers Allied Health
Preparing for the unannounced OSHA inspection
Would your dental practice be able to survive a $76,500 OSHA fine? That's the fine a dental office faced after just a single employee needlestick accident. The fine was severe because there was no written bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan, the injured employee was not sent for medical evaluation, and the source patient was not tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
HIV
San Diego Marks National HIV Testing Day - KPBS
CARES opens Clarksville AIDS/HIV outreach office at Trinity - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
LA centers offer free services during National HIV Testing Day - Los Angeles Times
Locals encouraged to take advantage of free HIV testing - WWL
U.S. Conference of Mayors Takes on HIV Criminalization - American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)
9 Things to Know About HIV Treatment - CNN
Cure for HIV-Infected Newborns? - Scientist
Sub-Saharan success against HIV - Aljazeera.com
Miami-Dade Metrorail stations, clinics offer free HIV tests on National HIV ... - MiamiHerald.com
Bid to cure HIV ramps up - Nature.com
AIDSVu Maps Depict Impact of HIV in America
Yesterday, National HIV Testing Day, marked the third annual update to AIDSVu , an interactive online tool that maps the HIV epidemic across the United States.
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis B total rises to 18 in investigation of North Charleston center - Charleston Post Courier (subscription)
Jury asked to convict 2 in Vegas hepatitis C trial - San Francisco Chronicle
More frozen fruit recalled over hepatitis A outbreak - CBS News
Hemopurifier to be Studied as Treatment Option for Hepatitis C - Medgadget.com
US authorities urge widespread Hepatitis C testing in baby boomers - Raw Story
The prosecution has rested in the hepatitis C trial involving Dr. Dipak Desai.
Now the defense will have their turn to present evidence and witnesses.
Questions swirl around doctor, clinic in DHEC inquiry
In September 2011, Tri-County Spinal Care Center began offering pain relief injections, and the facility’s owner, Cameron Wills, hired a physician to provide them. Since then, three patients who received injections at Tri-County Spinal Care have tested positive for hepatitis B; the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has found lapses in infection control and injection procedures; and hundreds of the clinic’s patients have been asked to undergo testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The clinic isn’t regulated by DHEC, officials said.
Allegheny County judge tosses 3 hepatitis C lawsuits against UPMC, lets 2 go forward
Lawsuit blames uninsured man’s doctors at UPMC Mercy for his death.  An Allegheny County judge tossed out three lawsuits against UPMC arising from a traveling medical technician who allegedly exposed patients to hepatitis C, but he allowed two class-action lawsuits to go forward.
WEST NILE
West Nile Virus Logs Deadlist Year After Hotter Summer - Bloomberg
West Nile virus found in Payette County - Ontario Argus Observer
DuPage County Debuts West Nile-Danger Alert System - Patch.com
Weather Gives Rise to Mosquito, West Nile Concerns - Patch.com
West Nile: Health Department Creates Safety Index; More Tips To Stay Healthy - Patch.com
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes May Spread West Nile - The Inquisitr
West Nile-infected mosquitos found in East St. Louis - Belleville News Democrat
Dallas County's so-called West Nile case fails to meet state's definition - Dallas Morning News
Two-day rainfall ends; warmer weather, West Nile warning follows - Sacramento Bee
West Nile-carrying mosquitoes turning up in area - Chicago Sun-Times
Unitract® Safety Syringes
Introducing the world’s first and only known safety syringes with passive, operator controlled needle retraction features that are fully integrated within the barrel.
 
Unitract® 1mL syringes are designed to deliver optimal safety and functionality during the delivery of injectable medication. Key features and benefits of Unitract® 1mL syringes include:
 
  • Passive activation of the needle retraction mechanism to virtually eliminate the risk of needlestick injury
  • Operators may control the speed of needle retraction directly from the body into the barrel to minimize aerosol (splatter) risk
  • Offers intuitive use by either healthcare workers or patients that self-administer prescription medication outside of the healthcare setting
  • Extra wide flanges (wings) provide for easy handling during all stages of the injection process, with hands remaining behind the needle at all times
  • All safety features are fully integrated within the barrel for compact handling and convenient disposal
 
IN THE NEWS
WELCOME BACK LYNDA ARNOLD! - BABY STEPS! 20 YEARS LATER
20 years, 20 years, 20 years ... the words and images race through my mind. There was a time I thought I'd be dead before my oldest child reached the age of 7. This year we celebrate his 18th birthday. There was a time I thought I'd be dead and wouldn't need to worry about growing old, debt or finances, long-term relationships and other non-related health issues. There was a time when AIDS and HIV consumed my every waking thought, action, goal and outlook. Today HIV/AIDS is something I live with; it doesn't define who I am. There was a time when I fought publicly and proudly, standing in solidarity with other PWA's, ready to fight every new discriminatory turn and glance ... 20 years, 20 years, 20 years ... 20 years I survive this infection with a virus that has made itself comfortable in my bloodstream and has literally nested in my brain.
 
[Editor's Note: Without the heroic efforts of Lynda Arnold and other like-minded "nurse activists" there would be no safety syringes and no safety legislation. Healthcare workers around the world owe a great debt to these couragous women.]
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UNISTICK 3 SAFETY LANCET
Unistik® 3 safety lancets are safe, simple to use and virtually pain free.  Our unique Comfort Zone Technology masks the weaker pain stimulus from the lancet, providing the user with a more comfortable blood sampling experience while providing adequate blood flow for all testing needs. 
I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SURGEON BUT WHEN I WAS AN INTERN IN TRINIDAD,
I was assisting with an operation and got a needlestick injury and was worried about contracting hepatitis! That completely changed me. Then I thought I would be physician. But the thought of just walking around and prescribing drugs all days wasn’t satisfying
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HIGHLIGHTING THE DANGERS OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES- NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN AUSTRALIA UNDER-REPORTED
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has welcomed a Private Member’s Motion to be put to Federal Parliament today - highlighting the ongoing danger of needlestick injuries to the country’s nurses and other healthcare workers.
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INFECTION PREVENTION: THE BASICS OF HAND HYGIENE
Hand hygiene is the single most important step caregivers can take in preventing hospital-acquired infections. Yet nurses and other clinicians often don’t follow recommended guidelines for hand hygiene.
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HEPATITIS B TOTAL RISES TO 18 IN INVESTIGATION OF NORTH CHARLESTON CENTER CHARLESTON
Fifteen more people have tested positive for hepatitis B since the state health department launched an investigation into a North...
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TULIP SAFETY FISTULA NEEDLE
Features of the clear, patented TULIP safety needle protector:
 
  • Low profile design
  • Ease of use during patient cannulation and needle placement
  • Activation using a one-handed technique
  • Audible click indicating protector is locked and will stay locked
  • Meets OSHA safety requirements
 
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GET TESTED ON NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY, JUNE 27
CDC recommends HIV testing for everyone at least once as a part of routine health care, and for high-risk groups more often. Have you been tested? This year marks the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day, a time to promote one of our best tools for HIV prevention.
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BEEP! FLASH! NEW GADGETS REMIND DOCTORS TO WASH THEIR HANDS
Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.
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