Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 20, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Restructuring leads to low nursing morale - Nursing Careers Allied Health
Mother anxious after dirty needle prick at Frankston Beach - Herald Sun
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 - Infection Control Today
Analysis: In search of less a deadly syringe
To someone who has never injected illicit drugs, all syringes may look similar, but recent research out of the US shows differences in design can be “dramatic” and may slow the spread of HIV infections.
HIV
Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico - Truthdig
Swaziland: MSF Rolls Out Innovative Approach to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV ... - Doctors Without Borders
Magic Johnson touts HIV/AIDS health plan, education in Tampa appearance - Tampabay.com
AIDS Cure Found? Researchers Successfully Test Vaccines On HIV-Like Virus ... - Latin Times
New Hope for HIV Vaccine - New York Times
HEPATITIS
Okla. Says Hepatitis C Was Spread at Dental Clinic - ABC News
Defendant with hepatitis spat in face of Derry courthouse security guard ... - Belfast Telegraph
Give birth to the end of hepatitis B - Philly.com (blog)
Hepatitis: Understanding the Enemy - Onislam.net
Army Recruits Dropped Over Hepatitis B, HIV/Aids - AllAfrica.com
India: Dozens of children sickened after given hepatitis B vaccine orally - The Global Dispatch
UK-wide alert over NHS worker with Hepatitis C - The Guardian
Hepatitis: Understanding the Enemy
1 in every 12 people is living with Hepatitis, and the majority of those infected are unaware of their status.
Barber with hepatitis B 'bribed' clinic worker over health test, Dubai court hears
A barber with hepatitis B and two of his co-workers bribed a municipality health clinic worker to falsify the results of their blood tests.
WEST NILE
West Nile case reported in Olmsted County - Post-Bulletin
Fourth Person in Plano Battles West Nile Fever - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Colorado emergency officials fear increased risk of West Nile virus amid flooding - Fox News
Cicero man dies of West Nile virus - Chicago Tribune
San Gabriel Valley officials 'very concerned' about West Nile virus - Los Angeles Times
Patient Safe Syringes
Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination. Their unique luer guard reduces the risk of luer tip contact contamination.
It also reduces the risk of contamination of intravenous fluid. Patient Safe® syringes are compatible with most available hypodermic needles, including those with manually activated safety features, vial access devices, and luer-activated catheter hub.
 
 
IN THE NEWS
NEEDLESTICK INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE EVENTS
Needlestick and sharps injuries affect more than half a million healthcare personnel every year, creating over $1 billion in preventable healthcare costs every year. 
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DIRTY HANDS? THINK TWICE ABOUT USING THAT PUBLIC RESTROOM SOAP
Microbiologists have discovered that some of the soap in public restrooms is so contaminated with fecal matter that you're almost better off washing your hands in the toilet after you flush it.
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DAMNING REPORT REVEALS LITANY OF HYGIENE FAILURES
CARELESS doctors who are responsible for some of the sickest patients in a major hospital are putting lives at risk by not washing their hands.
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SAFETY SUBCULTURE UNIT

 

The Safety SubCulture Unit (SCU) is a sharps safety device used to obtain samples from positive blood culture bottles.  Needleless sampling reduces risk of needlestick injury.

 

 

The plastic tip safely pierces the bottle septum and makes it easy to insert and remove from the culture bottle. The integrated filter cap controls gas or culture discharge for an added level of safety.

 
SAFE DISPOSAL OF SHARPS, SYRINGES AND MEDS
A local resident recently asked me, “What do I do with my used hypodermic needles?” My first response was, “DO NOT throw them away!”
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WHAT'S GETTING IN THE RECYCLING BIN?
Mr Higgins has also seen a rise in the amount of 'sharps', or needles coming through the recycling system.
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PROLANCE single-use safety lancets have been designed for modern capillary blood sampling and the device is an integral component to sharps-injury prevention programs in hospitals, clinics and wherever patients and professionals have to feel safe.


PROLANCE is available in six different color-coded product versions to meet specific blood sample application and address the variety of patient skin type

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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