Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter February 14, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
DVT: Deep Vein Thrombosis, It's Not Too Late To Seek Help - ParamusPost.com
OSHA puts spotlight on worker safety in hospitals - Lexology (registration)
University Hospital has new innovation heart procedure - WRDW-TV
Herald Sun newspaper castigated over alarmist reporting of public health ... - Crikey (blog)
ADAMH seeks home for needle disposal boxes - Chillicothe Gazette
Protectus Medical Devices Exclusive Interview for the Interlinked Investment ... - PR Web (press release)
HIV
Runners frock up for children's HIV charity - Illawarra Mercury
Study Identifies How Blacks Fare in HIV 'Treatment Cascade' - AIDSmeds.com HIV/AIDS Treatment News
Hartford Hosts "HIV Equal," Anti-Stigma and HIV Testing Initiative - EDGEOnTheNet
Magic Johnson Sets Record Straight On His HIV Status - News One
India launches HIV salvage therapy - The Hindu
Crowd-funded HIV vaccine project sparks debate - Nature.com
More Hope for a HIV-1 Vaccine - R & D Magazine
HEPATITIS
Citing Hepatitis B, Austrian Red Cross doctor allegedly refuses Muslim blood - Examiner.com
HIV and Hepatitis C Transmission Routes Are Closely Linked - AIDSmeds.com HIV/AIDS Treatment News
Task force seeks comments on draft of hepatitis B screening guidelines - Healio
UAB doctor helps create updated online treatment guidelines for oft-deadly ... - al.com (blog)
The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C - Washington Post
Hepatitis C treatment shifts as new drugs emerge - USA TODAY
babyLance Safety Lancet

Designed with many of the same innovations that have made our SurgiLance® safety lancet one of the world’s most popular needlestick solutions, babyLance® is specially designed for neonatal caregivers.

 
 
WEST NILE
State: Expect to see EEE, West Nile each year - The Daily News of Newburyport
Mississippi health officials report first West Nile virus human case of 2014 - Vaccine News Daily
Study: West Nile Has Cost at Least $778 Million in Hospital Costs and Lost ... - D Healthcare Daily
The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus - NPR (blog)
West Nile virus has cost US almost $800 million, study says - ModernHealthcare.com
West Nile's U.S. price tag: $778 million - KTVU San Francisco
Researchers probe West Nile virus and Dengue fever - The Michigan Daily
Mosquitoes in Pelham test positive for West Nile virus - WMUR Manchester
West Nile Virus Costs Americans $56 Million a Year - Guardian Liberty Voice
DRUG ABUSE
W.Va. Law Symposium talks prescription drug abuse - The Daily Athenaeum
DA: Unified effort vital to battle prescription drug, heroin abuse - Tribune-Review
State launches drug abuse prevention initiative - Community Common
Report: Drug-use rate is high for Mass. youth - Eagle-Tribune
Dunkin' announces donations for COA, drug abuse coalition - Canton Citizen Newspaper
Beckley psychiatrist pens article on opiate drug abuse - Beckley Register-Herald
Councilman looking to cutdown on drug abuse in Toledo - northwestohio.com
DeWine Conducts Springfield Town Hall On Drug Abuse - WYSO
Dan Harris Drug Abuse: ABC News Anchor Is Latest To Admit To Problem With ... - International Business 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 AND SHARPS INJURIES RESULT IN OVER $1 BILLION IN...
Needlestick and sharps injuries result in over $1 billion in Infection Control Today report “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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DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
It is with a heavy heart that the editor share some personal information with the reader.  On January 19, 2014 my 35-year-old son died of a drug overdose.  Although he was successful at earning a Master degree in Materials Science and Engineering, he was unsuccessful in dealing with a 17 year drug addiction problem.  After attending many rehab meetings and treatment plans, he lost his battle to drug abuse.  He leaves behind two beautiful children and a beautiful wife.  His wife found out that she was expecting the day after my son died.  Because of this tragedy, I am focusing part of my life on the prevention of drug abuse.  You will note that there is a new section in the newsletter that will focus on that.  If you would like to donate to this young family you can donate to the Jason Stoker Family Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank based in Utah.  Thank you for letting me share this personal moment with you.
UNISTICK 3 SAFETY LANCET
 
Unistik® 3 safety lancets are safe, simple to use and virtually pain free.  Our unique Comfort Zone Technology masks the weaker pain stimulus from the lancet, providing the user with a more comfortable blood sampling experience while providing adequate blood flow for all testing needs. 
 
 
HOW TO DEAL WITH A NEEDLE STICK INJURY AT WORK
Medical workers are at risk for getting injured by needles and other devices used to puncture or lacerate the skin (sharps). Indeed, it is estimated that in excess of 600,000 needle stick injuries occur to US health care workers every year, each a potential exposure to disease, diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. 
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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
 
NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS INJURIES BID GOES TO PARLIAMENT
The fight for legislation that would force every Australian hospital to introduce safety-engineered medical devices (SEMDs) in a bid to reduce Australia's needlestick and sharps injuries has gone to Federal Parliament.
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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
WORKMAN WHO DISCOVERED NEEDLES FINDS DISPOSING OF THEM ISN’T STRAIGHTFORWARD
Drug needles found while the home was being renovated.  A plumber working on a Todmorden property made a prickly discovery last week when he uncovered a few dozen used syringes behind a bathtub.
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SAFE SHARPS HANDLING IN THE LABORATORY (LIVE)
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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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