Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter September 8, 2017
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Soon-to-open Watertown syringe exchange site creates discussions downtown
Needlestick Prevention Training Video
Highlighting the five most frequent needlestick scenarios, this training video instructs frontline healthcare staff on on how to avoid needlesticks
Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices
Safe Injection Practices are a set of recommendations within Standard Precautions, which are the foundation for preventing transmission of infections during patient care in all healthcare settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care, home care and hospice. 
 
Proven Needle Stick Protection Needle Resistant Gloves
HexArmor Needle-Resistant PPE is proven needlestick technology used by some of the largest recycling and hospital waste companies in the world. Our needle-resistant gloves and arm guards are tested with actual needles to ensure maximum protection from needlesticks. Ask our customers of over 5 years- we are the most trusted source for needle protection
Zip® Surgical Skin Closure
Fast, non-invasive alternative to staples, sutures and glue
The Zip® is unique solution to the speed vs. cosmetic outcome tradeoff made by surgeons today with conventional staples and sutures.  The adjustable, reversible device makes skin closure a fast and easy process, and the flexible, extendible design flexes with patient movement for patient comfort while protecting the incision from extrinsic forces caused by patient movement.
 
The Zip® provides secure skin layer closure for surgical incisions of any length.  The device is available in several lengths, and each device may be cut with scissors for shorter incisions, or combined for longer incisions.  The Zip® is applied at the skin layer after deeper, tension-reducing suture layers are applied.
HIV
Fauci: More resources needed to end global HIV/AIDS epidemic
HIV crime laws: Historical relics or public safety measures?
Hospital faxed a patient's HIV-positive status to his workplace — he’s now suing for $2.5 million
NYC hospital hit with $2.5M suit after carelessly faxing man’s HIV diagnosis to his workplace
Drug Overdoses Are Killing A Lot More People Than HIV Or Guns At Their Worst
Groundbreaking Immersive Theater Piece Tackles HIV Stigma
HEPATITIS
San Diego to Power Wash Streets to Fight Hepatitis A
The Hepatitis A Outbreak In San Diego Is Now A Public Health Emergency
Publisher’s Platform: Hepatitis A emergency in San Diego
Orange County health officials: Vaccinations best way to prevent hepatitis A outbreak among local homeless population
Deadly Hepatitis A outbreak triggers public-health emergency in San Diego
San Diego declares health emergency to combat hepatitis A outbreak
Santa Barbara Doctor Surrenders Medical Licenses After Hepatitis C Outbreak
The Santa Barbara doctor whose office was responsible for transmitting Hepatitis C to at least four patients has surrendered his licenses to practice medicine in California and Oregon.  Dr. Allen Thomashefsky specialized in regenerative injection therapy, which is treatment for chronic pain caused by unhealed injuries around cartilage, joints and muscles.
Blood donations needed in wake of hurricane
People in the path of Hurricane Harvey have survived the darkest days and are now beginning the clean-up and recovery. Texas blood centers are thanking independent blood centers across the country, including Community Blood Center, for being part of the relief effort.  On Monday, Aug. 28 CBC learned that Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi and Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston were both in need of blood. Coastal Bend had resumed collections, but the local population was just beginning to return and was struggling with flood damage. Gulf Coast was unable to reopen and resume collections until the end of the week at best. CBC sent an initial shipment of 60 units, including 45 unit of type O, to Coastal Bend and it arrived Tuesday morning.
WEST NILE
West Nile virus found in Franklin County
West Nile: First Human Case In Massachusetts Of 2017
Connecticut reports 1st human case of West Nile virus this season
State reports 1st human case of West Nile Virus
First human case of West Nile reported
ZIKA VIRUS
This Week in Zika: Virus Shows Promise as Brain Cancer Tx
History of Zika virus in Nigeria
Whatever happened to the Zika virus?
VanishPoint Blood Collection Set
The VanishPoint Blood Collection Set, from Retractable Technologies, Inc., features automated in-vein retraction that effectively reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposure.  The safety mechanism is activated by depressing a retraction trigger that is located near the finger-grip area.  This allows for easy one-handed activation, without changes in hand position, while reducing the risk of inadvertent activation.  The needle is retracted directly from the patient, virtually eliminating exposure to the contaminated needle.
IN THE NEWS
SPEARS TIPS TO ARROWS HEADS TO NEEDLESTICK BLOODWORK HIV INFECTION OF BENNETT MOASE
The purpose of this demonstration (explanation) is to show you how I was infected with HIV, in retaliation for filing a complaint against my employer, so hopefully this will never happen to you. It was created for my lawyer from the USA after much research on the "Inconsistencies" in my seroconversion from HIV negative to HIV positive. Yes, I have the medical records to support this video's content. This is edited for download constraints.
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MY MEDICAL OUTLOOK CHANGED AFTER I JABBED MY FINGER WITH A NEEDLE
A needle stick injury brought home that I needed to do more to protect myself and think twice before rushing in to help. As soon as I felt the deep sting of the needle as it entered my finger I knew what it meant – potential disaster.
 
I was cutting a space between the ribs of a patient in intensive care, making room for the insertion of a large chest drain. The tissues were tough, and I had to tear at the fibres with my fingers deep under the skin. But the patient was not fully sedated, and she was feeling it despite the local anaesthetic injection I had administered beforehand.
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SHARPS DISPOSAL: ASSURING REGULATORY COMPLIANCE DURING OFF-SITE VACCINATION CLINICS
The CDC published the startling fact that “flu in the workplace costs US businesses approximately $10.4 billion each season.”1 Employers consistently look for programs to mitigate the impact influenza has on productivity in the workplace. Innovative pharmacists have taken immunizations, including the influenza vaccine, to off-site clinics located at employer sites, churches, malls, and various other community locations, with the intent to keep people healthy during the annual flu season, rather than having them experience extended illnesses and loss of productivity.
 
Not only is it important to follow state and federal regulations regarding vaccine administration, once a pharmacist has completed an off-site clinic, there are often questions regarding regulations surrounding the transport of full sharps containers. These regulations are as important as other considerations, such as insurance and billing, and include those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), individual states, and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS BLOOD COLLECTION NEEDLE

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.

The VISIO PLUS also has advantages for the patient. Movement in the vein during penetration whilst searching for the vein lumen is sometimes painful for the patient: Due to the visible blood flow in the view window, this movement is avoided. The special cut of the needle tip makes penetration of the tissue a lot easier. The new VACUETTE® VISIO PLUS needle thus guarantees pain-free, stress-free venipuncture.

IT'S TERRIFYING': OLYMPIC VILLAGE RESIDENTS SCARED BY DISCARDED NEEDLES
People living in Vancouver's Olympic Village say they've noticed more dirty needles littering the area this summer, and they want officials to step up their response.
 
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FIRST RESPONDERS FACE DANGERS TREATING OPIOID OVERDOSES
One of the riskiest situations for all first responders is an opioid overdose. Despite all the training they get, responding to an overdose is unpredictable.
 
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THE 10 STATES WITH THE HIGHEST AIDS/HIV RATE (IS YOUR STATE ON THE LIST?)
With the United States breaking the 250 million mark with diagnosed STD’s, it is important to be cautious what you are doing and who you are doing it with.
 
Although that statistic may not shock you, one that will is that close to 5%of these STD rates are diagnosed from children 13 and under. Check the list of the top 10 states with Highest Aids/HIV Rate, and make sure to discuss what we need to do to help lower the amount of cases.
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OOPS! AETNA EXPOSED 12,000 CUSTOMERS' HIV STATUSES THROUGH ENVELOPE WINDOW
American managed health care company Aetna is in hot water for accidentally exposing the HIV statuses of 12,000 of its patients. The breach occurred on 28 July 2017 when the company dispatched letters to some of its customers informing them of changes to their received healthcare services. As it turns out, the contents of those letters were in some cases readable from within their sealed envelopes.
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DATA SHOWS HEALTH CARE WORKERS NOT WEARING PPE DESPITE RISE IN SHARPS INJURIES, BODY FLUID EXPOSURES
Despite an increase in sharps injuries and exposure to blood and bodily fluids, many health care workers are not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, recent data from the International Safety Center shows. Researchers analyzed 2015 surveillance data from hospitals that participate voluntarily in ISC's Exposure Prevention Information Network – a system that tracks occupational exposures among health care workers. They found that fewer than 7 percent of workers exposed to blood and bodily fluid splashes reported using eye protection, although about two-thirds of the workers' eyes were splashed.
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NURSING HOME WORKERS OFTEN FAIL TO CHANGE GLOVES
The failure to change gloves is common among certified nursing assistants, and may be a significant cause of the spread of dangerous pathogens in nursing homes and long-term healthcare settings, according to a new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
 
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are often the main providers of care in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with significant patient contact. If a CNA uses gloves incorrectly, pathogens can easily be spread to patients and the environment, leading to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Researchers estimate that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million infections occur in LTCFs annually. Infections in LTCFs cause approximately 388,000 deaths per year and cost between $673 million and $2 billion annually. 
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Built-in safety mechanism is activated by fully depressing plunger while needle is still in patient 
 
Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure
 
One-handed activation 
 
Requires minimal training
 
Non-reusable
 
Safe, efficient disposal
 
Color coded for gauge size
 
1cc, 3cc, 5cc, and 10cc syringe sizes available, in a variety of needle gauges and lengths.
OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
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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.
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