Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter August 30, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Safe syringe disposal saves money and lowers injury risk - Superior Telegram
Vigmed: Vigmed to invest in commercialization of a third unique product group ... - The Swedish Wire
Needlestick Prevention Can Save $1 Billion Annually - EndoNurse
1000 Hospital Workers Accidentally Stuck By Needles Daily, Nationwide - KPBS
Sparing needle pain in dentist's chair - Free Press Journal
UVa Researchers: Needlestick Law Saving Up to $415 Million Yearly - The Charlottesville Newsplex
Safe Medical Waste Handing and Disposal - Infection Control Today
Women warned of infection risk at Miramichi hospital clinic
Thousands of women were told they may have been exposed to Hepatitis and HIV due to improperly cleaned instruments at a Miramichi hospital.
Miramichi health officials say more than 2,500 women may have been exposed to low-risk infection due to instruments not properly cleaned.
HIV
HIV isn't just in urban areas - Denver Post
Man admits to exposing hundreds to HIV after testing positive in 2003 - WPSD Local 6
After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way - NPR
Conspiracy theories not to blame for underrepresentation in HIV studies - Medical Xpress
In South Africa, a Deadly New Drug Is Made With HIV Medications - The Atlantic
Police officer splattered with blood during attack
A WOMAN with Hepatitis C who flicked her blood on a police officer during an attack avoided prison because the bodily fluid did not enter an orifice.
HEPATITIS
Upstate New York VA Regional Director Receives Bonuses During Hepatitis Scare - WKBW-TV
Putting the Spotlight on Hepatitis C in the African American Community - AIDS.gov blog (blog)
The End of Hepatitis B Transmission Begins at Birth - AIDS.gov blog (blog)
Upstate New York VA Regional Director Receives Bonuses During Hepatitis Scare
The Buffalo VA is now one of five VA medical centers across the country that congress is putting under the microscope. The Buffalo VA exposed more than 700 patients to hepatitis by reusing insulin pens. In that time span, it's regional director, David West, received almost $26,000 in bonuses.
WEST NILE
Two more cases of West Nile confirmed in Tennessee - WBIR-TV
West Nile found in Southern Indiana - The Courier-Journal
Hurricane Isaac, West Nile virus and the coroner: St. Tammany links - NOLA.com
Fragile honeybee population under threat from West Nile insecticide - The Guardian
To catch a mosquito: Cumberland County combats West Nile virus - Patriot-News
West Nile Virus Cases Show No Sign Of Slowing Down -
Officials Turn Up West Nile Virus In 3 LA Suburbs - CBS Local
West Nile virus claims life of Firestone man - Longmont Daily Times-Call
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
NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURY INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM ISIPS ON AN HOURLY BASIS
The latest information on needlestick injuries, HIV, hepatitis and all things infection control can be found daily on theISIPS  Needlestick Scoop.it.   Just click the link or go to http://www.scoop.it/t/needlestick to see the latest needlestick information.
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES COST U.S. HOSPITALS $1B
Needlestick injuries affect approximately 1,000 people per day across U.S. hospitals, generating more than $1 billion in unnecessary costs, according to a Safe in Common report in Herald Online
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SHARPSSENTINEL WALL CABINET SYSTEM
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.
HOSPITAL DOCTORS ARE NOT AS CLEAN AS NURSES, STUDY FINDS
Researchers found that after the implementation of hand hygiene guidelines, the rate of hand hygiene jumped from 51 percent to 67 percent.According to the World Health Organization, dirty hands contribute to millions of infections per year, which then leads to hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths. In a new study, researchers found that doctors are not as clean as nurses even though hand hygiene has improved.
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MISTAKE PROMPTS STATE TO TEST DOZENS FOR HIV, HEPATITIS
The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have learned that at least 74 people were put at risk of potentially contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C through a standard medical procedure performed by a UConn Health Center nurse.
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SHARPS SAFETY TRAINING 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?"
 
 
SCHOOL HEALTH FIRM USED 'DIRTY' NEEDLES
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is investigating a private company accused of providing sub-standard health check-up services to dozens of schools in the central province, including re-using dirty needles. 
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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
SAFE SYRINGE DISPOSAL SAVES MONEY AND LOWERS INJURY RISK
According to the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal, about 9 million syringe users nationwide annually administer at least three billion injections outside of health care facilities.
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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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