Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter April 4, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents ... - McKnight's Long Term Care News
A Sharps Safety Program Even OSHA Could Love - OutpatientSurgery.net
Vassar Brothers Medical Center Offers One-Stop, Comprehensive Vascular Care - MD News (press release)
Discarded needle kit offers safety in clean-up efforts - CBC.ca
Retractable Technologies Inc.: Retractable Technologies, Inc. Declares ... - The Wall Street Transcript
HIV
Free info on HIV now just a text away - Inquirer.net
Illegal border migrants are at high HIV risk: Care - Bangladesh News 24 hours
'Walk On' star talks about living with HIV - Victoria Advocate
UK academic: HIV vaccine research 'to reach defining moment' by 2020 - PinkNews.co.uk
Can a transplant drug help eliminate lingering HIV infections? - Los Angeles Times
HEPATITIS
'23m Nigerians Live With Hepatitis Unknowingly' - Leadership Newspapers
1st lawsuit filed over hepatitis C outbreak in ND - The State
ND Patients Sue ManorCare Over Hepatitis C Outbreak - Valley News Live
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.
 
 
WEST NILE
West Nile season begins again across the DFW area again - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Longtime LA Master Chorale Director Dies From West Nile Virus Complications - CBS Local
Officials coordinate for West Nile virus season - Denton Record Chronicle
Tobacco May One Day Be Used To Fight West Nile - RedOrbit
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
 
 
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Jim Irsay's past drug use, personal connections expected to draw scrutiny - SB Nation
Addressing teen drug use - Claremore Daily Progress
Continuing the effort against drug abuse in Ohio - Sidney Daily News (subscription)
Two couples two cases of drug abuse - Coldwater Daily Reporter
Steel Magnolia Singer's Battle with Drug Abuse - People Magazine
Health, government officials seek solutions on drug addiction - WMUR Manchester
Lamar Odom Teaching His Children About The Dangers Of Drug Abuse - Hollywood Life
Bement meeting starts discussion of drug abuse - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Poll: Three-Fourths of US Says Pot Will Be Legal - ABC News
Dr. Ablow: 'Faces of Drug Arrests' may not face real truth about drug abuse - Fox News
IN THE NEWS
THE BURDEN OF SHARPS INJURIES AND SPLASHES AMONG TRAUMA HEALTH CARE WORKERS - IVTEAM
 "In our study, doctors were found to have the highest exposure (129, 36.2%), followed by nurses (52, 14.6%) and hospital w (The burden of sharps injuries and splashes among...
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THE NEEDLE PRICK DOCU-SERIES: DEFINING HIV STIGMA
Getting to the root of HIV stigma isn't easy.
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SAFETY SUBCULTURE UNIT

 

The Safety SubCulture Unit (SCU) is a sharps safety device used to obtain samples from positive blood culture bottles.  Needleless sampling reduces risk of needlestick injury.

 

 

The plastic tip safely pierces the bottle septum and makes it easy to insert and remove from the culture bottle. The integrated filter cap controls gas or culture discharge for an added level of safety.

 
 
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NHS FAILS TO FOLLOW LAW ON SHARPS USE
One-third of NHS trusts are failing to instruct staff to use safety devices "wherever possible" in their sharps policies, despite this being an explicit requirement.
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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. 
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SAFER SHARPS: AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL LINDSELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MINDMETRE
In 2010, the European Council described sharps injuries as one of the most serious health and safety threats in European workplaces as an estimated one...
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NEEDLESTICK INJURY POLICIES
Do you have a needlestick injury policy? We refer to policies from two schools which outline how to avoid needlestick injuries and the procedures to be followed in the case of an incident.
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NEARLY 97 PERCENT OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WASH THEIR HANDS WHEN PATIENTS ARE ASKED TO WATCH
Improving hand hygiene compliance by healthcare professionals is no easy task, but a first-of-its-kind Canadian study by researchers at Women's College Hospital shows simply asking patients to audit their healthcare professional is yielding high..
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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.
SHARPS REGULATIONS | SHARPS REGULATIONS LAW
Injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments are one of the most common and serious risks to healthcare workers
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SHARP SENSE
Hi my name is Kaj, RN from Sweden and been infected with hepatitis C at my work in Sweden. Healthcare workers face the risk every day of exposure to bloodborne pathogens because of needlestick injuries.
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