Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter November 15, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Eight hot device technologies that will shape medical plastics - Plastics Today
Sutter Amador Hospital certified as "kid qualified" - TSPN TV NEWS
Retractable Technologies, Inc. Reports Results of Operations - Wall Street Journal
Boy put on Aids drugs after needle stick - Independent Online
HIV
Documentary highlights success of Bamberg church's efforts to educate ... - Charleston Post Courier
'Dallas Buyers Club': Cowboy bucks 6-month HIV death sentence - Philly.com
Those with HIV living normal lifespan, need preventive care - UPI.com
Walgreen Unveils HIV Study Results - Yahoo News
Safe Injection Practices
Recent outbreaks associated with reuse of single-dose vials and misuse of multiple-dose vials have resulted in patients suffering significant harm and even death.
HEPATITIS
Successful hepatitis C treatment reduces risk of liver cancer and death, but ... - aidsmap
Life After Hepatitis C: It's No Longer a 'Death Sentence' - Healthline
Hepatitis C related deaths are on the rise - YNN
OxyElite Pro Recalled as More Hepatitis Cases Surface - Food Safety News
Health Plan of Nevada loses bid to dismiss lawsuit over hepatitis C - Las Vegas Review-Journal
35 in Minot area test positive for hepatitis C - Bismarck Tribune
WEST NILE
1-Year-Old Boy Fights West Nile Virus - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
3rd West Nile human case confirmed in Suffolk - Newsday
Georgetown mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus - KVUE
West Nile virus still a threat in cool weather - Houma Courier
Officials: West Nile detected in Georgetown - Austin American-Statesman
Two more cases of West Nile virus reported in Tarrant County - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Seventh Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed In Dallas - CBS 11
Health and Human Services confirm 16th human West Nile Virus case - Dallas Morning News (blog)
West Nile virus claims life of Lafayette woman - The Denver Channel
Dallas County confirms 14th West Nile human infection - Dallas Morning News (blog)
VACUETTE VISIO PLUS Blood Collection Needle
The VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS Blood Collection Needle with optical venipuncture control is a great help for phlebotomy personnel. The latest innovation from Greiner Bio-One at last brings vision to blood collection. When venipuncture has been carried out successfully, blood flow is visible in the view window in the transparent plastic hub of the needle.
Study Shows Decrease in Sepsis Mortality Rates Over the Past 20 Years
A recent study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) shows a significant decrease in severe sepsis mortality rates over the past 20 years.
Bemis QUICK-DRAIN
Controlling liquid infectious waste continues to present multiple challenges. As regulations tighten and operating costs rise, it’s important to find a safe, cost-effective solution that’s affordable and provides minimal environmental impact.
 
 
The QUICK-DRAIN™ Systems from Bemis simply and effectively address your challenges, from staff safety to regulatory compliance to cost-effective disposal of liquid infectious waste.
IN THE NEWS
12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH COMING UP IN DECEMBER
It occurs in just a fraction of a second -- first, you are taking a routine blood sample and then the patient moves and the needle slips, sticking the potentially infected needle deep into the base of your thumb. As a result, you could contract HIV and die! This scene or similar scenes occur to an estimated 2,000,000 healthcare workers worldwide every year! These injuries could be prevented if workers were aware and had access to safer needle and other safety devices. That is one reason that ISIPS, the International Sharps Injury Prevention Societyis promoting the 12th Annual International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month in December 2013.
 
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SHARPS DON’T BELONG IN RECYCLING BINS
“Use your brain, don’t pour it down the drain,” reads a past flyer from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Statewide Medical Services, referring to the proper disposal of unwanted household medications and sharps, also known as ‘needles.’ Well, I want to add, “Don’t put them in the recycling trailer either!”
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PROLANCE

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

HEPATITIS C IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. 
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SHORTAGE OF 20000 NURSES IN NHS, REPORT WARNS
Nurse leaders said that safety was being jeopardised because of widespread shortages after NHS trusts froze vacant posts in a bid to save money.
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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.
VERMONT HOSPITAL ORDERS MANDATORY FLU SHOTS FOR STAFF MEMBERS
San Francisco Chronicle Vermont hospital orders mandatory flu shots for staff members
“We feel that it's another way to keep our patients safe,” said Alonzo Tapley, director of quality and risk management at Mount Ascutney...
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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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