Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 13, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Growing concern about the potential for 'needle stick' injuries in Port Macquarie - ABC Local
B. Braun to Showcase Its Safety-Engineered IV Therapy Portfolio at AVA - PR-BG.com (прессъобщения) (press release)
Flu vaccine comes in growing array of options - West Central Tribune
Major contract settlements & negotiations - August 2013 - Lexology (registration)
Sanofi Inks Deal for Prefilled Syringes with Unilife - In-PharmaTechnologist.com
Needlestick Prevention Can Save $1 Billion Annually - EndoNurse
Continuing Education on Innovations in Sharps Management
Sharps injury is a serious hazard to healthcare workers that can result in pain, emotional distress, and potentially fatal infections. This course is designed for perioperative nurses and other perioperative healthcare professionals who are involved in the use of sharps and exposed to sharp injuries. Accredited by Pfiedler Enterprises, this educational session is for 1.0 contact hour, offering 1 CEU. To sign up, please contact Mr. Allan Brack with following email address: afbrack@comcast.net
Sharps Regulations Actually Do Work, Study Says
Regulations and safety-devices for sharps seem to lower overall injury rates, regardless of the way injury rates are calculated, according to a new study from Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers set out to measure the effect of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act by analyzing sharps injury data from 85 hospitals nationwide. For each measure used, injury rates dropped 33 percent after implementation of the NSPA.
HIV
HIV vaccine progress reported - U-T San Diego
Microscopic image offers clues to HIV riddle - Los Angeles Times
The Stigma Surrounding HIV and AIDS - Huffington Post UK
HIV Dating 3.0: No Second Chances - Advocate.com
Iowa court hears criminal HIV transmission case - USA TODAY
Growing old with HIV - The Guardian
HEPATITIS
Barber with hepatitis B 'bribed' clinic worker over health test, Dubai court hears - The National
NHS Fife's Hepatitis C investigation under way - The Courier
Hepatitis C alert: NHS gynaecologist infected two patients with virus after ... - Daily Mail
UK-wide alert over NHS worker with Hepatitis C - The Guardian
WEST NILE
Two Schools Cancel Recess Due to West Nile Virus - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Valley fever cases in CA up by 850% - KERO-TV 23
West Nile case in Yonkers, NY - Wall Street Journal
Philadelphia Records 1st Human West Nile Case of 2013 - CBS Local
West Nile Case Reported In Long Beach - CBS Local
West Nile Virus in Larimer County continues to rise - ReporterHerald.com
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 UGH...
So I had my first (hopefully last) needlestick today. I'm so annoyed with myself. The patient has prefilled novolog syringes where you attach the needle and reuse the cartridge.
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QUESTION 1: DOES OSHA'S BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD REQUIRE THAT SAFETY NEEDLES BE SENT TO PATIENTS WHO SELF-INFUSE?
Answer:  No. Your company is not required to send safety needles to persons who self-infuse bleeding products or who self-inject any other medication. The Standard only protects employees.
QUESTION 2: DOES THE BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD REQUIRE US TO PROVIDE SAFETY NEEDLES WHEN AN OUTSIDE PARTY (E.G., HOME HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL) USES OUR PRODUCTS TO INFUSE A PATIENT IN HIS/HER HOME?
The standard applies to employers having employees with occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). If  a company does not employ nor contract with in-home healthcare professionals  they would not have a responsibility under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to supply the end patient with safety-engineered sharps. It is advisable that patients who rely on the services of healthcare professionals to be supplied with sharps with engineered sharps injury protections (SESIPs) and/or needleless devices for the protection of healthcare workers.
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 off
ices, and any other areas where staff supervision is limited. Designed to protect sta
ff from accidental needlesticks, this new system complies with all OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and JCAHO requirements.
 
USA, FDA, PREVENTION OF SHARPS INJURIES
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Occupational Safety and Health...
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6 FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH SHARPS INJURIES
Feeling rushed was the top factor emergency medicine residents identified as contributing to a sharps injury, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
From January to February 2011, 208 Illinois emergency medicine residents responded to a survey on percutaneous injuries. Overall, 55.3 percent of residents had at least one percutaneous injury; of these residents, 36.5 percent did not report the needlestick exposure. While the rate of sharps injuries increased as residents' training increased, there was no difference in the rate of reporting these injuries.
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TOP 7 SURGICAL SAFETY CHALLENGES
Wrong-site surgery is the number one operating room safety challenge among OR nurses, according to a Medline Industries survey.
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NEEDLE STICKS, SHARPS INJURIES: AN ENORMOUS DRAIN ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
OSHA estimates 5.6 million workers in the U.S. healthcare industry are at risk of potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needle sticks and sharps injuries at their jobs. And the direct costs...
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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QLICKSMART BLADE NEEDLE SYSTEM
Qlicksmart  BladeNeedleSYSTEM provides a simply safer way to remove and contain used scalpel blades and suture needles in sterile operating environments. BladeNeedleSYSTEM replaces the two-handed built-in blade remover of the existing needle counters with the world-first single-handed scalpel blade remover, which works perfectly safe.
 
Sharps injuries are a serious occupational hazard in healthcare settings. In operating rooms, scalpel blade injuries are the second most common type of sharps injuries, second only to suture needles. Use of a needle counter for safe containment of needles can minimize the risk of needle injury in the sterile field. However, built-in blade removers in existing needle counters are not safe, as they require two-handed activation and frequently malfunction. The sterile BladeNeedleSYSTEM enables single-handed removal and containment of used scalpel blades for safe disposal immediately after use, reducing the risk of scalpel injuries.
 
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