Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter July 12, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Stress-Free Syringe for Babies - Engineering on the Edge
The top 10 South African inventions - TheSouthAfrican
Reinventing the Hypodermic Syringe: A Market Ripe for Disruption - Proactive Investors USA & Canada
Overview of needlestick injuries - 6minutes
The needle and the damage done - Nursing Review
West: Expanded NovaGuard drug delivery products - Healthcare Packaging
West Expands NovaGuard™ Platform of Products for Safe and Effective ... - WorldPressOnline (press release)
Needlestick and sharps injuries bid goes to parliament - Nursing Careers Allied Health
HIV
HIV: New East Bay program gives prevention pill to high-risk youths - Contra Costa Times
Patients Show No Sign of HIV Virus After Bone Marrow Transplants - TechnoBuffalo
Philadelphia Hospital Honors Staff For Rapid HIV Testing Program - KYW Newsradio
Boy, 12, dies after undergoing historic transplant at U to treat HIV and leukemia - Minneapolis Star Tribune
HIV Used to Cure Rare Genetic Disorders in Children - Healthline
After HIV Diagnosis, a Life Devoted to Outreach - New York Times (blog)
We're Closer Than You Think to Beating HIV - Gizmodo
Defanged HIV Shows Promise in Gene Therapy - Wall Street Journal
Intestinal Bacteria May Fuel Inflammation and Worsen HIV Disease - UCSF News Services
South Carolina to stop separating HIV inmates from other prisoners - CNN
HEPATITIS
Concerned about the high prevalence of hepatitis B, the Health Ministry will ... - Jakarta Post
Dana Point firm sued in Hepatitis A outbreak - OCRegister (subscription)
Speaking of Hepatitis, We Have 'A' Vaccine - Medscape
Hepatitis C Reinfection Rising Among HIV Patients - Medscape
Quest, CDC team up on hepatitis C research program - ModernHealthcare.com
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
Officials: No need to worry about West Nile yet - KREM.com (registration)
Mosquitoes trapped in Norwalk test positive for West Nile virus - Middletown Press
Officials say mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile - Monroe News Star
Mosquitoes with West Nile found in Macon County - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Mecca mosquito tests positive for West Nile - The Desert Sun
West Nile threat growing with mosquito numbers - 9NEWS.com
More Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Longmont -
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
 
When Alex Pomar arrived at a lab in 2008 to get tested for hepatitis C and HIV, he saw people just as scared as he was.
Fear of infection carried anguish for patients who just didn't know
Men and women of all ages, many of them literally shaking, talking to each other about how they prayed they would not test positive for the disease
Protecting yourself and workers from needlestick injuries
My last article gave some information on needlestick injuries and the diseases one can get from exposure to an infected needle. This article will give some advice on how to protect your workers from needlestick injuries. But first, let’s look at some of the factors that contribute to accidental needlestick injuries.
IN THE NEWS
GUILTY VERDICTS DELIVERED IN HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK TRIAL
The criminal charges against Dr. Dipak Desai and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman focused on the cases of seven patients infected with hepatitis C in 2007 that health officials linked to Desai’s Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada on Shadow Lane.
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NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES BID GOES TO PARLIAMENT
The Australian Nursing Federation is the union for registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing doing nursing work in every state and territory throughout Australia. You couldn't be in better hands.
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77 HEPATITIS C CASES REPORTED IN OKLA. INFECTION SCANDAL
Oklahoma health officials now say 77 patients of Tulsa oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington, DMD, have tested positive for hepatitis C.In addition, five former patients of Dr. Harrington have tested positive for hepatitis B and four for HIV, according to state and Tulsa health officials.
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BARTONELLA FROM NEEDLESTICKS:WORMS AND GERMS BLOG
One thing I often discuss about when doing infection control talks is needlestick injuries. The contrast between the approach to needlestick injuries.
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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. 
SHARPS SAFETY AND THE NEW SHARPS REGULATIONS
Martin Hodgson looks at sharps safety and new Sharps Regulations that came into force recently. Summary. Implement the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 by avoiding the unnecessary use of medical ...
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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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HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE NOT IMPACTED BY WORKLOAD, RESEARCHERS DISCOVER
High compliance with hand hygiene is a cornerstone of any infection control program; however, a high workload and a lack of time are most commonly used argues against an appropriate compliance.
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ONLY 5 PERCENT WASH HANDS CORRECTLY
A new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections.
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SGNA LAUNCHES INFECTION PREVENTION CHAMPIONS PROGRAM AND TOOLKIT
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) announces the launch of its Infection Prevention Champions Program and toolkit.
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'FRIENDS OF NIOSH' SEEK STABLE FUNDING 'FRIENDS OF NIOSH' SEEK STABLE FUNDING
Occupational Health and Safety The names of 221 organizations, including AIHA, ASSE, ACOEM, ACGIH, the American Public Health Association, AIHA and ASSE local sections, ISEA, occupational health nurse...
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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.
 
 
OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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NOVAGUARDTM 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 NovaGuard SA (Staked-needle Automatic) syringe system can be deployed using a single-handed technique to 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
 
To learn more about using the NovaGuard SA syringe system for your drug product, or for information on any of West’s injectable drug packaging or delivery system technologies, click here.
 
*For investigational use only by our pharmaceutical and biotechnology development partners. West markets the NovaGuard SA technology as an integrated system. Final assembly is completed by the pharmaceutical company.
West and the diamond logo and NovaGuard™ are trademarks or registered s of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.
 
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