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MEASLES CASES IN US RISE TO 1,044

June 18, 2019
The measles outbreak in the United States continues to grow, with the number of cases this year now reaching 1,044 as of Friday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those cases have been confirmed in 28 states. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New J...

WHAT IS THE SAFETY CULTURE AT YOUR INSTITUTION?

June 17, 2019
I recently read several critical analyses of safety cultures, or the lack thereof. Safety doesn’t just happen—it must be created by an organization and starts from the top down. One report discussed the global oil company BP’s oil refinery safety program. In 2005, the Texas City refinery explosion killed 15 people and injured more than 100 others. The analyses question how the British company would change the lack of safety culture at all five of its U.S. refineries. &...

SCALPEL SAFETY - PROTECTING PATIENTS AND CLINICIANS

April 23, 2019
Over the last 20 years I have visited many hospitals and clinics in a sharps injury prevention role.   I have enjoyed the opportunity of visiting with clinicians concerning safety products on an international basis and discussing sharps injury prevention.   Many institutions have become more compliant with the revised OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Unfortunately, not all departments in hospitals are as compliant with  all  requirements  of t...

HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT MEASLES CAN BE A KILLER?

August 31, 2018
Until the late 20th century measles was considered an almost inevitable disease of childhood – although adults are also susceptible. In most cases the disease is an unpleasant but acute illness from which patients make a full recovery. However, it can cause serious long-term health problems and has a mortality rate of just over 0.1% – in populations with high levels of malnutrition and poor healthcare it can be far higher. A vaccine made available in the...

NEEDLESMART JOINS ISIPS

August 2, 2018
Needlesmart has joined as the newest corporate member of ISIPS Needlesmart is a unique and patented device to destroy Hypodermic Needles preventing many needle stick injuries and contracting diseases through the injuries. See more about their market leading technology on www.needlesmart.com.     ...

WORLD DODGEBALL ASSOCIATION & NEEDLESMART

August 2, 2018
The World Dodgeball Association is delighted to announce that NeedleSmart is a new Official Partner. The partnership will support the future development of Dodgeball across the World and will support new projects that the World Dodgeball Association will unveil later this year. Needlesmart is a unique and patented device to destroy Hypodermic Needles preventing many needle stick injuries and contracting diseases through the injuries. See more about their ...

POLICE OFFICER SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER NEEDLE STICK INJURY

May 19, 2018
A police officer had to be sent to hospital after getting pricked by a needle as he attempted to detain a 44-year-old man last night.   He was trying to help detain the male, who was being arrested so he could be recalled to prison, when he was pricked by the needle - the man then stated he has hepatitis C.   Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of the Stoke-on-Trent North policing team says it is a worrying time for the officer as colleagues fear he could need thr...