Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 11, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Sharps Safety: Taking the 'Unfinished Agenda' to Completion - Infection Control Today
Chemotherapy Residue on the Checkout Desk? - OncLive
forced blood tests to protect police - NEWS.com.au
Nurses and midwives bear the brunt of sharps injuries - Nursing Careers Allied Health
Needle drop boxes intended for needles – not clothes - The Battlefords News-Optimist
AIDS Denialists Are Not Iconoclasts. They're Dangerous Nuts. - Slate Magazine
Kawasumi Laboratories America, Inc. awarded Healthtrust Purchasing Trust ... - PR Urgent (press release)
Kawasumi Laboratories America Awarded Healthtrust Purchasing Trust Safety ... - Newswire Today (press release)
Vigmed: Vigmed granted utility patent in China for its first needlestick ... - The Swedish Wire
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
China plan to ban HIV patients from public baths comes under attack - The Independent
Lord Smith: The Sunday Times was aware I was HIV positive - and agreed not to ... - PinkNews.co.uk
Helping stop mothers giving their babies HIV - BBC News
Predicting response to acute hepatitis C treatment in HIV/HCV co-infected people - aidsmap
Teacher became counselor for HIV patients - Toledo Blade
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis C Trust says strategy urgent as related liver disease on the rise - The Guardian
Rapid Evolution of Medical Research Advancing Hepatitis C Treatment - Infection Control Today
Supplement linked to acute hepatitis, sudden liver failure - Vaccine News Daily
FDA: OxyElite Pro supplements linked to hepatitis cases, one death - CBS News
Hepatitis: Understanding the Enemy
1 in every 12 people is living with Hepatitis, and the majority of those infected are unaware of their status.
WEST NILE
1 new West Nile virus case in Mississippi - SunHerald.com
DCHHS reports ninth human West Nile virus case in county; officials urge ... - Star Community Newspapers
Gem County Death Linked to West Nile, First of 2013 - Boise Weekly
Dallas County Reports 10th Human West Nile Virus Case - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
7th human case of West Nile virus found in Mass. - WWLP 22News
West Nile Survivor Says Misdiagnosis Is Common - CBS Local
New West Nile cases reported in Ouachita, Morehouse - Monroe News Star
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
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SON FORGIVES FATHER WHO INJECTED HIM WITH HIV
In 1992 Brryan was in hospital suffering from asthma when his father, a blood transfusion specialist, snuck into his hospital room and injected Brryan with the HIV-positive blood.
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LAB TECHNICIAN CLAIMS PATIENTS WEREN'T TOLD THEY HAD HERPES, HEPATITIS
A Warren County cardiologist's patients tested positive for life-threatening diseases, but the doctor's office either never contacted them or sometimes took...
 
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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

HAWAII REPORTS DOZENS OF ACUTE NON-VIRAL HEPATITIS CASES LINKED TO DIETARY SUPPLEMENT, OXYELITE PRO
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii state health officials are investigating some 29 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis with an unknown cause.
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HEPATITIS C SCREENING SHOULD BE EXPANDED IN CANADA, STUDY SAYS
The authors argue that there should be more screening because when caught early, infection from the Hepatitis C virus is...
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SHARPSENTINEL 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.
BABY ACCIDENTLY RECEIVED THE MILK OF A HIV CARRIER
Due to a mistake by a nurse, a four-month old patient in Schneider’s Children’s Hospital received milk from another mother, who was HIV positive.
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HEALTHCARE WORKER INJURY RATES AMONG THE HIGHEST OF ANY PROFESSION
Workers in the healthcare industry suffer higher on the job injuries than most other professions, with more than 2 million reported lost work days in 2011.
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ONE UNNAMED WORKER AT NORTHAVEN FACES AN ANXIOUS SIX-MONTH WAIT AFTER HE WAS STUCK WITH A NEEDLE
The needle had been discarded in a recycling bin and Northaven general manager, Tess Pomfrett, said the man involved was a supervisor.
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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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