Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter December 6, 2013
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Indonesia Grants Medical Device Patent for babyLance(tm) Safety Heelstick - PR.com (press release)
Getting the Point of Sharps Safety - OutpatientSurgery.net
Pearl River County Sheriff's deputy stuck with used needle - WLOX
California Needs Higher Paid Nursing Faculty to Train New Nurses We ... - OC Weekly (blog)
Prefilled Syringes Market Expected to Reach USD 4.98 Billion Globally in 2019 ... - InformationWeek
Best new tech of 2013 - ModernMedicine
Fear and trembling through the bloody eye of the needle - The Conversation
Waste staff exposed to 1,000 vets needles
Vets4Pets was fined for unsafely disposing a batch of needles in conventional rubbish. VETS4PETS exposed Island Waste staff to 1,000 needles after the firm mistakenly sent them to its sorting plant. While nobody was hurt, Crown Advocate Chris Dunford told the Magistrate’s Court that a needle stick injury could lead to fatal conditions such as rabies, anthrax and tuberculosis.  None of the staff was wearing needle-proof gloves at the time.
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.
 
 
HIV
Nelson Mandela, Humanitarian and HIV Advocate, Dies at 95 - Advocate.com
Young, poor black and Hispanic men increasingly the face of HIV/AIDS in America - Salon
HIV cure may lie in radioimmunotherapy - Medical News Today
Donors Pledge Support for Curbing HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria - Voice of America
New HIV strain may move to AIDS more quickly - KIONrightnow.com
Opinion: Wrong time to reverse course on HIV/AIDS - CNN
HEPATITIS
Hepatitis A - A Preventable Problem - Food Poison Journal
China's Struggle With Hepatitis B Discrimination - The Atlantic
NH Hospital Tech Sentenced To 39 Years For Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C - CBS Local
Hepatitis C's Infection Machinery - The Biological SCENE
WEST NILE
Community rallies around West Nile virus victim - Ontario Argus Observer
County awarded for West Nile virus prevention - Victorville Daily Press
Coppell, Dallas County officials say 2013 West Nile season better than ... - Dallas Morning News
1-Year-Old Boy Paralyzed by West Nile Virus - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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.
Getting the Point of Sharps Safety- 8 questions on the rules that protect your staff.
In recent years, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its state counterparts have been stepping up inspections for compliance with sharps safety and other issues at surgical facilities nationwide
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
December 1st is World's Aids Day where we have an opportunity to look at what we are doing wrong and what we are doing right to prevent the spread of this disease.  Please take the time to mark World Aids Day throughout the whole month as we also commemorate the 12th Annual International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month.  ISIPS will be providing posters and articles all month that can be printed out and used in your facilities.  Check the website often for new posters and presentations. (The presentations are available on computer browser, iPad or Android devices like tablets or phones.)
 
 
ARE YOU ALIGNED WITH THE UNITED NATION'S GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM OF CLASSIFICATION AND LABELING OF CHEMICALS?
Last year, OSHA revised its hazcom standard to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

GHS incorporates updated labeling elements and a new format for Material Safety Data Sheets.

Smart Training LLC offers GHS essentials in an easy-to-access training module. Our Learning Management System tracks training results and handles recordkeeping for you.

OSHA’s training requirements are the most difficult part of converting to the GHS system. Smart Training is ready to help … but the OSHA deadline is just days away, so you have to act now.    Click here to get your team trained on GHS ... so OSHA doesn't train its sights on your practice!
Join us on December 18 at 12pm CT as we review 2013 compliance developments. This informative webinar looks back at OSHA, GHS, HIPAA and other compliance initiatives enacted during 2013. We’ll also discuss what OSHA and HIPAA auditors will target in 2014 and how your practice can prepare now. This is a one-time opportunity to ensure that compliance challenges are adequately covered for the New Year. Webinar seating is limited; click here to register.
Click here to register for the free Webinar on GHS-HIPAA Webinar >
UPCOMING PREFILLED SYRINGE CONFERENCE
 
SURVEY OF EMS PERSONNEL REVEALS LACKLUSTER HAND HYGIENE PRACTICES
Survey of EMS Personnel Reveals Lackluster Hand Hygiene Practices 
Researcher Josh Bucher, MD, of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., and colleagues, conducted a survey of emergency medical service (EMS) responders that revealed just 13 percent reported washing their hands before coming in...
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QLICKSMART CASSETTE 3IN1 - FEATURES & BENEFITS
  • Small and compact - saves space!
  • The CASSETTE is sterilised and ready for use
  • Contains 3 units of Qlicksmart single blade remover cartridge per set
  • Single-handed "passive" activation - keeping hands out of harms way
  • Blade contained upon removal to enable safe disposal in an approved sharps container, eliminating injuries to downstream staff
  • Puncture resistant cartridge so you know you're safe
 
6 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIV/AIDS (INFOGRAPHIC)
In honor of World AIDS Day, iTriage created this infographic about HIV/AIDS. 
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ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF SAFETY-ENGINEERED SHARP DEVICES
Measures to protect healthcare workers where there is risk of injury or infection from medical sharps became mandatory in the European Union (EU) from May 2013.
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BRAND NEW INVENTION FOR CHILDREN SHIELDS AWAY THE NEEDLE STICK.
The nurses at AHUS’ Children’s department and bioengineers at the Children’s Clinic laboratory at the Oslo University Hospital, Dep. of Biochemistry, have recently tested a new invention. The invention allows blood sampling and insertion of intravenous ports to become a more enjoyable experience for children, thus addressing needle- and blood phobia in the population.
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PREVENTING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN ONTARIO'S ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS
Short video on the prevention of needlestick injuries in Ontario's Acute care facilities
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NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN NURSING
While October was National Safe Work Australia month, the reality is that many health workers, including nurses are at risk of needlestick injuries all year round.
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VACUETTE BLOOD COLLECTION TUBES

The advantages of using an evacuated blood collection system made out of plastic has been well known for a long time. It is of the greatest importance to produce high quality samples and analysis results, along with minimized risk of infection to staff. Greiner Bio-One can offer a complete range of evacuated blood collection tubes made out of virtually unbreakable PET-plastic. All of them are equipped with a unique safety cap, which also offers maximum security to healthcare workers. Coagulation is a critical testing area proving to be a challenge to some manufacturers. Not for us at Greiner. 

VACUETTE® Blood Collection Tubes

 
NEEDLESTICK INJURIES
Prevention could save U.S. healthcare system more than $1 billion a year and an immeasurable emotional toll on millions of healthcare personnel, according to a Safe in Common review of U.S. healthcare industry statistics.
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AOHP SOUNDS ALARM ON U.S. SHARPS INJURIES
"The survey shows a sharps injury rate of 24 per 100 occupied beds, or 1.9 per 100 full-time equivalents. Extrapolating nationally, we estimate that annually, 320,000 U.S. [health care workers] sustain SI in hospital and non-hospital settings.
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NEEDLETAPE

What is NeedleTape®
 

NeedleTape® is a unique needle securing adhesive technology designed to provide safety advantages by integrating a safety identifier to alert healthcare workers to the presence of needles.

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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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