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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...

IS BD RUNNING A MONOPOLY ON THE SAFETY SYRINGE MARKET? IN A LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BD, ITS DISTRIBUTORS, AND GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATIONS, A GROUP OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS HAVE ACCUSED THE COMPANY OF ABUSING ITS MARKET POWER.

May 19, 2018
A group of healthcare providers is calling foul on BD, accusing the company of abusing its "extraordinary market power to require the use of oppressive, anti-competitive contracts that effectively force above-competitive prices on the market."   The group filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Southern Illinois against BD (Becton Dickinson), its distributors, and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Premier Inc., Vizient, Cardinal Health, Owens & Minor, ...

BLOODSTREAM INFECTION OUTBREAK IN 4 STATES MAY BE LINKED TO HEPARIN SYRINGES

May 19, 2018
The CDC confirmed 14 cases of bloodstream infections in children across four U.S. states that may be connected to heparin and saline syringes distributed by medical technology company Becton Dickinson and Co., according to Reuters. The 14 bloodstream infection cases were caused by the same strain of the Serratia marcescens bacterium, Kiran Mayi Perkins, MD, the CDC's lead investigator on the outbreak, told Reuters. The infections occurred in seriously ill children who were receiving int...

ISIPS ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH MEDPRO

April 9, 2018
ISIPS is excited to announce our collaboration with MedPRO Disposal.  For almost 17 years, ISIPS has promoted products and services that help reduce the exposure to sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposure to healthcare workers and others.  ISIPS is excited that MedPro is willing to partner with ISIPS to help provide safer healthcare facilities, businesses and homes.  In fact, MedPro has offered to provide the first 2 months of service free to any ISIPS member who rec...

ADDRESSING THE STICKING POINT OF NEEDLE & SHARPS INJURIES

April 9, 2018
Despite it being nearly 20 years since the signing of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) into law, about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among healthcare workers in hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidental needlesticks can expose clinicians to various diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis, diphtheria, herpes, malaria and tuberculosis. Nurses who handle dirty linens and waste containers are at particular risk of these injuries an...

MOM FINDS USED NEEDLES ON MCDONALD'S BABY CHANGING TABLE

April 9, 2018
A woman claims that she found used needles on a baby changing table that she was supposed to use for her baby inside a McDonald's restaurant. For complete article click here.  ...

NEEDLE STICKS LEAD TO CAL/OSHA FINE AGAINST KAISER HOSPITALS

December 21, 2015
California regulators cited and fined Kaiser Foundation Hospitals $149,900 after three employees were stuck by needles in a collection box for biomedical waste, exposing them to infectious diseases. The custodial employees were stuck while attempting to empty the deposit box, which frequently overflowed and prevented the lid from closing properly, according to a news release issued by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health on Thursday. All three employees were given p...