Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 9, 2014
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
New Protocol for Drug Overdoses - East Hampton Star
Parents can learn to help relieve pain during vaccinations - Reuters
NSW police officer in screen door needle stick ambush - NEWS.com.au
Officer injured by needle stick at Kandos - Mudgeee Guardian
New regulations on preventing sharps injuries in the healthcare sector
New regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other ‘sharps’ in healthcare will take effect this month.
Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector
The Health and Safety Authority has published a guide following new regulations regarding the risk posed by sharps to employees in the healthcare sector.
 
Clausen Needlestick
Did you know at The Hartford Worker's Compensation policies have a specific clause for "Needlestick" coverage...
HIV
Northampton County man battling HIV and hepatitis remains hopeful - WFMZ Allentown
Shreveport man give inside look at being HIV Positive - KTBS
Anti-HIV drugs dry up in Venezuela - USA TODAY
Masked man says he's infecting women with HIV - KTBS
Op-ed: HIV Can Still Land You In Jail - Advocate.com
New Effort to Halt Spread of HIV in the Caribbean - ABC News
Canada Is One of the 10 Worst Countries for Prosecuting HIV-Positive People ... - Slate Magazine
Is an HIV-free future on the horizon? - MSNBC
Greiner Bio-One Safety Blood Collection Set
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
 
HEPATITIS
Department of Health working to raise Hepatitis awareness - The Trentonian
Hepatitis C: Project Links Experts, Primary Care Physicians - Medscape
Bartonsville Red Robin employee diagnosed with hepatitis A - Pocono Record
Hepatitis C: The high cost of a cure - Rome News-Tribune
PeaceHealth patients possibly exposed to hepatitis C - The Columbian
WEST NILE
Bob Townsend: Richardson continues measures to combat West Nile - Dallas Morning News
As Earth Warms, West Nile Spreads - The Atlantic
Preparing for mosquitoes and West Nile virus - WFMZ Allentown
Researchers pursuing powdered nasal vaccine against West Nile - Medical Xpress
2014 West Nile Virus Season Update and Safety Tips - Chicago Tribune
DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
Summit for Hope tackles Fox Valley heroin, substance abuse - Appleton Post Crescent
State Senate to consider bill deterring substance abuse and easing access to ... - GazetteNET
Drug abuse on the rise over summer break - KSDK
Corbett appoints group to tackle heroin, prescription drug problem - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
School officials warn of over-the-counter drug abuse - WSOC Charlotte
Teenage drinking, drug abuse program Monday - Newton Daily News
No. 1 Question seminar urges parents to help prevent youth drug abuse - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
Cumberland County prescription drug abuse addressed at community conference - Today's Sunbeam - NJ.com
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
 
 
IN THE NEWS
SHARPS INJURY RATE MAY BE DUE TO NON-USE AND NON-ACTIVATION OF SAFETY DEVICES
Our recent study of Sharps injury (SI) incidence in USA shows there has been little reduction in overall SI incidence in last 10 years. This is puzzling as, under OSHA law, every hospital must use safety engineered devices (SED) wherever commercially available and clinically feasible, review their Exposure Control Plan and new technology annually, and maintain a log of all SI. We also know that every hospital is conscious of their SI incidence and is striving to reduce it. So why hasn’t the national incidence decreased?
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WHY I STOPPED BEING A DOCTOR
I constantly feared sustaining a needle-stick injury.
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NURSING HOME RESIDENTS FILE LAWSUIT AFTER HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK
In a federal lawsuit filed in early April, 78-year-old John Fenner, and 84-year-old Lilas Guttormson allege ManorCare failed to protect them from a massive Hepatitis C...
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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN CONTAINER CLOSURES AND DELIVERY DEVICES FOR ...
Novartis has introduced a prefilled syringe (PFS) version of Lucentis (ranibizumab) in Germany, with a bespoke syringe designed especially to improve safety as well as dose accuracy. Other examples include the European ...
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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.
SAMPLOK ADAPTER CAP
One product that is used to fill blood culture bottles with blood sample is the 
SampLok® Adapter Cap from ITL Corporation. It is a versatile device for safe blood sample collection and sample transfer into blood culture bottles and test tubes. With an integrated safety lid, the SampLok 
Adapter Cap provides safety to healthcare workers by reducing the risk of needle stick injury. The SampLok Adapter Cap’s flexible design allows sampling with a variety of culture bottles and vacuum test tubes.
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GOOD HAND HYGIENE BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS PROTECTS PATIENTS FROM DRUG-RESISTANT INFECTIONS
On Hand Hygiene Day (May 5), the World Health Organization (WHO) urges healthcare workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities. 
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POTENTIAL HEPATITIS C EXPOSURE AT VANCOUVER HOSPITAL
Some patients and staff at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center may have been exposed to Hepatitis C, the Clark County Health Department said Monday.
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GOOD HAND HYGIENE BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS PROTECTS PATIENTS FROM DRUG-RESISTANT INFECTIONS
On Hand Hygiene Day (May 5), the World Health Organization (WHO) urges healthcare workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities. Initial results from a new WHO global survey confirm that these infections are often resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them.
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TULIP SAFETY FISTULA NEEDLE
Features of the clear, patented TULIP safety needle protector:
 
  • Low profile design
  • Ease of use during patient cannulation and needle placement
  • Activation using a one-handed technique
  • Audible click indicating protector is locked and will stay locked
  • Meets OSHA safety requirements
 
COCHRANE COLLABORATION: EXTRA GLOVES OR SPECIAL TYPES OF GLOVES FOR PREVENTING SHARPS INJURIES IN HEALTHCARE WORKERS APR 22, 2014
The Cochrane Collaboration recently published two important reviews of the evidence of effectiveness of two  needle stick injury prevention strategies.
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THE HYPODERMIC SYRINGE: GREATEST MEDICAL DEVICE OF ALL TIME?
Manufactured in the billions every year, the hypodermic syringe may be the greatest medical device ever invented.
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THE HYPODERMIC SYRINGE: GREATEST MEDICAL DEVICE OF ALL TIME?
Manufactured in the billions every year, the hypodermic syringe may be the greatest medical device ever invented.
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STAYING UPRIGHT IN THE OR - FALLPROOF YOUR OPERATING ROOMS BEFORE ANOTHER PERSON HITS THE DECK.
As OR workplace dangers go, falls don't get nearly the attention that sharps injuries, wrenched backs, scalpel-throwing surgeons and bullying nurses get. But it's time to treat slips, trips and falls like the serious hazards they are.
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OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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Surgilance Safety Lancet
 
A safe, easy and effective solution for obtaining a fingerstick blood samples!
 
The SurgiLance™ safety lancet from MediPurpose™ is a single-use needlestick device known for its safety, comfort and ease of use.
 
Safe and Easy to Use
SurgiLance™ safety lancets were explicitly designed t
o safely and easily deliver remarkably smooth incisions that minimize trauma to patients' fingers.
 
No-Arming Required
Unlike traditional lancets—and for that matter, some safety lancets—that requiring “arming” (inserting a needle into the device), SurgiLance™ is “pre-armed” and only requires five simple steps to operate.

 
Retractable Needles and Blades
The SurgiLance™ passive safety mechanism automatically activates after the device is used, requiring no action on the part of the user. After activation, the single-use device cannot be used again.
 
 
Seven Color-Coded Models
SurgiLance™ safety lancets are available in seven gauges and penetration depths, all of which provide identical safety and reliability. 
 
No-Cost Product Samples
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