Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter October 25, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Police Warn Residents of Hypodermic Needles in North Reading Center - Patch.com
B. Braun OEM Division Introduces Safecan™ Safety Introducer Needle in 1.5 ... - PR Web (press release)
Sharps Safety: Taking the 'Unfinished Agenda' to Completion - Infection Control Today
Pediatric researcher receives NIH New Innovator Award - Emory University News and Events
Kawasumi Laboratories America Awarded Healthtrust Purchasing Trust Safety ... - Newswire Today (press release)
Avalon Gardens Hit with 11 Workplace Safety Violations
A Smithtown nursing facility has been cited for having  11 workplace health and safety issues that endanger its workers with fines of $41,000.
The Powerful Case for Double Gloving
It's well proven that double gloving helps prevent surgical site infections. But in survey after survey, surgeons denounce double gloving because it reduces essential tactility during surgery.
HIV
'Sweden must shed its HIV prejudice': agency - The Local.se
New evidence suggests baby born with HIV may be cured - USA TODAY
Mobile Device Delivers Rapid HIV/AIDS Test Results in an Hour - Mashable
Universal approach could eradicate HIV in South Africa - Medical News Today
New, Virulent Strain Of HIV Discovered In Russia: Scientists - Huffington Post
HEPATITIS
NY to offer Hepatitis C testing to baby boomers - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Race Is On for the Next Big Hepatitis C Therapy - Motley Fool
Desai, guilty in hepatitis outbreak, facing hard time behind bars - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Orasure cheers New York hepatitis C testing law - Allentown Morning Call
New York Is First State To Require Offer Of Hepatitis C Testing
New York is the first state to mandate offering Hepatitis C testing to baby boomers after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation.
CDC confirms 28 hepatitis cases
The North Dakota Department of Health received confirmation Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that testing had been completed on blood samples from additional individuals in the hepatitis C outbreak investigation in Ward County.
WEST NILE
Dallas County announces second West Nile death of the season - Dallas Morning News (blog)
Dallas County announces 12th human West Nile case - Dallas Morning News (blog)
Two CoCo County Residents Have West Nile - NBC Bay Area
West Nile virus claims life of Toledoan - Toledo Blade
West Nile Survivor Says Misdiagnosis Is Common - CBS 11
Second case of West Nile confirmed in Washington - Capital Press
West Nile death reported in San Bernardino County - Los Angeles Times
Central El Paso man dies from West Nile virus - El Paso Times
Tarrant County records first West Nile virus death this year - Fort Worth Star Telegram
IN THE NEWS
DESAI SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH POSSIBILTY OF PAROLE FOR HEPATITIS OUTBREAK
Dr. Dipak Desai was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years for his criminal convictions in the deadly hepatitis C outbreak. His co-defendant, nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman, was sentenced to eight to 21 years in prison.
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SAFETY MEDICAL DEVICE SURVEY
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K-SHIELD ADVANTAGE
The K-Shield Advantage Port Access Infusion Needle has the following features:
  • One step activation – simple, safe and easy to use for clinicians.
  • Tactile and audible click upon safety activation – assures you that the needle is safely secured.
  • Low profile and small body size – making dressing simple and device less visible under patient’s clothing.
  • Small transparent skin plate – allows a clear view of the infusion site.
  • Non-coring siliconized needle – minimizes drag on the skin during access and de-access.
  • Non-DEHP fluipd path – offers a safe, DEHP-free fluid path.
  • Latex free – for patients, practitioners and end-users
 
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CHEMOTHERAPY RESIDUE ON THE CHECKOUT DESK?
Occupational exposure to hazardous drugs is a known risk of working in settings in which these drugs are administered. While we often immediately think about exposure of staff who prepare and administer hazardous drugs, other people who may inadvertently be exposed to hazardous drugs are housekeeping and clerical staff, patients’ family members, and visitors. So how does this happen? How is it possible that the mail carrier can come in contact with hazardous drugs?
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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
 
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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, scalpe
l 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 riskof 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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