Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 2, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Nasal spray anesthesia may work as well as injections for dental procedures ... - University at Buffalo Reporter
Concerns about syringe disposals - Moree Champion
Are We Ready For A Robotic Phlebotomist? - Forbes
Council cleaner's HIV test wait after drug needle stab in Sunderland toilets - Sunderland Echo
Innovative Phlebotomy Safety Device Launched by Greiner Bio-One at AACC - SelectScience.net (press release)
Robot uses infrared camera, lighting to draw blood - Vision Systems Design
Concerns about syringe disposals
“I recall reading about the incident last year in the Moree Champion about the child receiving a needle stick injury,”
HIV
Huband infects woman with HIV, deserts her - Hindustan Times
Teen HIV patient fends for self - Times of India
Fewer Children Born With HIV - Zuma - AllAfrica.com
Inmate mistakenly diagnosed with HIV tries to kill himself - Ynetnews
HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure - Huffington Post
Exeter Hospital settles six hepatitis C lawsuits
Six civil cases against Exeter Hospital in relation to last year's hepatitis C outbreak have been settled, according to an attorney representing the hospital.
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis C Tests Recommended for Baby Boomers - KHSL
Patients were exposed to hepatitis B because nurses lacked access to ... - Boston Globe
White House Hosts US Observance of World Hepatitis Day - AIDS.gov blog (blog)
Getting hepatitis on the policy agenda in Asia - The Guardian
Campaign urges hepatitis B screening - San Jose Mercury News
QLICKSMART BLADECASSETTE

Qlicksmart BladeCASSETTE 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.

 

 

With the single-use BladeCASSETTE, you can now change blades in sterile fields. Simply ‘push and click’ to remove and contain used scalpel blades using only one hand. BladeCASSETTE contains 3 units of Qlicksmart single blade remover cartridges. Each cartridge contains only one blade and enables easy and accurate counting of blades after use in theatre.

 
Tongue piercing 'ups the risk of hepatitis
Dentists have warned fans of piercing that they risk diseases like hepatitis as well as being left with a permanent drool.
WEST NILE
Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile, EEE Found in Hampshire County - abc40
3rd Case Of West Nile Virus In 3 Days For Dallas County - CBS Local
Carson man, 78, diagnosed with West Nile virus dies - Los Angeles Times
Case located in Grand Prairie - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog)
East Valley woman dies from West Nile virus, officials say - azcentral.com
West Nile Virus in Larimer County: 2 seriously ill, numbers could rise - Denver Post
Dallas County confirms 2nd human case of West Nile virus - Dallas Morning News
More Mosquitoes Found With West Nile Virus - CBS Local
K-Shield Port Access Infusion Needle
Kawasumi brings you K-Shield, a totally integrated device for optimal non-coring Huber needle stick protection. K-Shield complies with all OSHA standards and has unmatched advantages.
It’s been carefully designed with user needs in mind. For example, it’s clinician friendly and easy to use, especially when activating the safety mechanism.
 
IN THE NEWS
WORKPLACE MAY BE UNSAFE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Workplace May Be Unsafe for Healthcare Professionals MedPage Today In addition, the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act requires employers to "implement new developments in safety technology" and to "solicit employees' input in the...
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GEORGIA NEAR HEPATITIS C EPIDEMIC
According to official statistics, hepatitis C levels in Georgia have hit record levels, namely 200,000 infected currently and 2,000 new cases emerging annually.
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RISK ASSESSMENT OF NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
To avoid danger and to reduce risks, healthcare practitioners must be familiar with the kind of risks involved in needlestick and sharps injuries. Healthcare workers face a significant risk of serious infections as a result of injuries caused by medical sharps and needlesticks.
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SAFETOUCH II FISTULA NEEDLE - ONCE LOCKED, IT STAYS LOCKED!
The only system with built-in safety advantages: a permanent locking feature eliminates the worry of accidental needlesticks; textured wings provide secure grip; system is low profile and is designed to meet all OSHA safety requirements.
 
 
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TWO HUNDRED COLONOSCOPY PATIENTS ACCIDENTALLY EXPOSED TO HIV
Last week offered a rude awakening to many Kansas residents. Letters were sent out July 16 to 240 patients who received a colonoscopies from Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kansas, in the last seven months. The crux? They may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
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SAFETY BLOOD COLLECTION/INFUSION SETS
The Safety Blood Collection Set with integrated needle protection is an important contribution to avoiding needlestick injuries. After use, the safety mechanism is activated inside the patient’s vein. To do this, the wings of the set are held in place with the fingers of one hand. With the other hand, the slide is released by pushing together the pieces on the side. The slide is then pulled back. An audible “Click” indicates correct activation
TWO DECADES AFTER TAINTED-BLOOD INQUIRY, NEW BLOOD DONATION RULES TAKE EFFECT IN CANADA
A new blood-donation policy came into effect across Canada on Monday, officially nixing the lifelong ban that prevented men who have had sex with men from giving blood.
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STATE CITES BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER ON HEPATITIS
Dialysis patients at Boston Medical Center were exposed to hepatitis B in March because nurses lacked access to computerized medical records that would have told them one patient was...
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NOT-SO-PROUD OWNER OF MY FIRST NEEDLESTICK INJURY
Delirious patient having a hypo whipped the glucagon I was giving her mid-injection out of my hand, thought I might like some too.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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NOVAGUARD 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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