Welcome to the ISIPS Newsletter May 25, 2018
Needlestick & Sharps Injuries
Needlestick Injury – Is it just a prick?
Over 160 attend WCM-Q talk on containment of infectious diseases
Mind and Body: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
Drugs and medical waste still wash up on Hong Kong beaches – posing toxic danger
Police officer sent to hospital after needle stick injury
B. Braun Brings Its Commitment to The Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs to ONS 2018
Sharps Safety Protocols & How You Can Prevent Sharps Injury
Sharps related injuries are unfortunately still too common. Prevention and training are key factors to mitigating risk of hepatitis.
Fears over community safety after children see filled syringe dropped on street
Jessica Evans, 19, says the incident in Henllan Street, Denbigh, was reported to North Wales Police...
Needlestick injuries: Education is key - Bovine Veterinarian
Large-animal veterinarians, and the farm and ranch crews they train, face inherently dangerous working conditions. One of those dangers, with potentially serious or even fatal results, is injury from needles while injecting medications.
 
Recently, University of Minnesota veterinarian Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, ACVPM, conducted a webinar on needlestick injuries on behalf of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center. Health problems associated with these injuries can include infectious diseases due to exposure to manure, blood or other contaminants, but the webinar focused primarily on the dangers of human exposure to drugs or drug components intended for animals. Injectable animal-health products, including vaccines, antibiotics, analgesics and anesthetics are thoroughly tested for safety in the target animal, but rarely are tested for human safety.
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.
Winston-Salem doctor's license suspended after allegations of reusing needles, products
The N.C. Medical Board has suspended the license of Dr. Anne Litton White of Winston-Salem, alleging that she reused syringes and dermatology products on multiple patients. The board’s formal charges also allege that White kept in an office closet baggies of human fat that had been drawn during liposuction procedures. White, the top executive with Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center, received a summary suspension of license effective at 5 p.m. Monday. The board posted the notice on its website Tuesday.
 
The medical board said a summary suspension means that White, and anyone that White supervises, cannot lawfully practice medicine. A summary suspension stands until the board replaces it with another action, so it is considered as indefinite. A Feb. 15 hearing had been set before the board agreed to continue the hearing until 8 a.m. June 21 at its Raleigh offices.
 
However, new information that was supplied by six former employees in recent months compelled the board to take action now.  A 13-page ruling signed by board president Dr. Timothy Lietz alleges that White’s actions have been found to “constitute immoral and dishonorable conduct” ... and “unprofessional conduct” under state law.  “For the foregoing reasons, the N.C. Medical Board finds that the public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action,” according to the charges.  White’s attorney, Dan Blue Jr. of Raleigh, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday. White will have the opportunity to respond to the charges at the June 21 hearing.
 
...Among the accusations were that White did not allow staff to dispose of syringes and unused botulinum toxin or filler product. Rather, the medical board alleges, White had the unused portions put into baggies and stored in her office.  Some of that product was later injected into another patient, according to at least four former employees. One employee, identified as A, was listed as having resigned in January 2018.   The employee found that 97 dosage units of hydrocodone were missing from the practice’s inventory...
Needlesticks: Avoiding the Hazard
During her second day on the job, the newly minted RN was tending to a febrile patient in the ICU and preparing to give him a shot of insulin. Because the patient was thin, she pinched a fold of flesh on his abdomen between her thumb and forefinger, as she’d been trained to do—but when she inserted the syringe it poked right through the patient into her own finger.
 
“He just looked at me and said, ‘oh, honey,’” the nurse recalled in an anonymous posting in an online discussion board for nurses. “That rang in my head the whole time as I was bleeding the puncture and washing my hands. Oh honey, indeed.”
 
She’s not alone. Nurses, not surprisingly, comprise the largest percentage of the estimated hundreds of thousands of U.S. health care workers who experience a needlestick injury on the job every year and run the risk of acquiring more than 20 diseases, including Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
HIV
What are the early signs of HIV in men?
Four top employees resign from Baton Rouge HIV nonprofit after expressing more concerns about CEO
Aetna, still looking for scapegoat in HIV disclosure fiasco, sues plaintiffs firms
South Sudan's quiet victims of war: With HIV, without help
Skills for Conquering Loneliness and Protecting Your Health When Living With HIV
HIV lies dormant in brain, increasing risk of dementia, but how?
Michigan man jailed for selling body parts infected with HIV, hepatitis
HEPATITIS
Ten Kentucky counties under outbreak status for Hepatitis A; 629 cases reported since November
DHHR: Kanawha man, 33, is WV's first hepatitis A-related death
One man's difficult journey to cure his hepatitis C 'death sentence'
With highest hepatitis C mortality rate in U.S., Oregon expands access to life-saving drugs
Michigan man jailed for selling body parts infected with HIV, hepatitis
More than 600 cases and 10 counties affected in Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky
The Department for Public Health said there are more than 600 cases of Hepatitis A affecting 10 counties in Kentucky.The department said there have been 629 cases reported with six deaths.The outbreak affects Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Greenup, Hardin, Jeffer...
WEST NILE
These Diseases Spread by Insects Are Getting Worse in the United States
West Nile virus numbers in Windsor-Essex increase as health unit begins annual prevention program
Drastic Jump In West Nile Virus Across Windsor-Essex
Health unit begins battle against West Nile virus
ZIKA VIRUS
Simple Beam Can Tell if Mosquitoes Carry Zika
Zika’s Silver Lining: Fighting Cancer
A vaccine for Zika virus just might be on its way
Chembio Diagnostics to sell rapid tests for Zika, other viruses in Brazil
Health officials wary of mosquitoes — and rising risk of Zika and other illnesses — after heavy rains
A Simple Beam of Light Could Catch Zika-Infected Mosquitoes
EBOLA
Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle
3 DR Congo Ebola patients break quarantine; 2 die
WHO gets kudos for fast Ebola action in DRC, but prevention lagging
Ebola patients flee Congo hospital
Ebola 101: What to know
DRC priest 'infected with Ebola' as death toll revised down
Ebola in the DRC: Everything you need to know
Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths
Two Ebola patients who fled quarantine may have exposed dozens to virus
Catholic priest 'infected with Ebola' in DR Congo
A Catholic priest has been quarantined after being infected with the Ebola virus in the town of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, medical sources said Thursday. "We have quarantined a priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro who tested positive" for the Ebola virus, a medical...
EBOLA patients have escaped quarantine in a city of 350,000 people amid fears the outbreak could be on verge of getting worse.
Three patients escaped from quarantine in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the three have been found dead, while a third patient has been found alive. Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF) mission in the city confirmed the incident as they work to treat cases of Ebola.The death toll of the outbreak has reached 27 as health chiefs crackdown on the virus.  World Health Organisation bosses have previously warned spread in the city could mean a repeat of the 2014 outbreak – which killed over 11,000.
IN THE NEWS
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.
 
So I did something stupid. I kept one finger in the cut, so as not to lose the track I had struggled to form, and with my other hand inserted the anaesthetic needle alongside the leading gloved index finger. In this way I hoped to numb the deeper tissues. Instead I jabbed my own fingertip – ouch … a shock.
 
It was not the pain. It was the immediate fear that the hepatitis C virus in the patient’s blood could now be running up the veins of my arm and into my bloodstream. I withdrew my finger, looked down at my hand, tore off the glove, and squeezed the fingertip until droplets of blood came out.
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VANISHPOINT® BLOOD COLLECTION TUBE HOLDER
  • Automated retraction is activated by securely closing end cap while needle is still in patient's vein

  • Once activated, needle is automatically retracted from patient, virtually eliminating exposure

  • Single use holder protects users from both ends of contaminated blood collection needles

  • Utilizes conventional multiple sample blood collection needles and prevents cross contamination

  • Capable of multi-tube blood draws

  • Small diameter tube adapter available for use with small diameter tubes

 

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: TREATMENT AND PREVENTION TIPS
There's no time to waste if you've pricked yourself with a needle. Get expert advice on treating needlesticks and prevention tips to limit your risk for bloodborne pathogens.
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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.
NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: TREATMENT AND PREVENTION TIPS
There's no time to waste if you've pricked yourself with a needle. Get expert advice on treating needlesticks and prevention tips to limit your risk for bloodborne pathogens.
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CLICKZIP SAFETY SRYINGE
Clickzip
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is a new and globally patented Swiss technology active, high-quality needle with a retraction mechanism, thus preventing needlestick injury and syringe reuse.The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is simple to operate, which is why the technology is so valuable. Minimal or no extra training is required to use this product. Please view below the simple four step process of DRAW, INJECT, ZIP, SNAP.
 
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe is simple to operate which is why the technology is so valuable. Minimal or no extra training is required to use this product.
 
Using the ClickZip syringe is easy - a simple four step process of DRAW, INJECT, ZIP, SNAP.
 
Step 1: Shown is the ClickZip™ as it is packaged. Make sure the needle is fixed tight and then use the standard aseptic technique to DRAW out the medication and fill the syringe.

 
Step 2: INJECT the medication by fully depressing the plunger to the end of the syringe barrel to engage the locking mechanism. The user should be able to feel and hear a ‘CLICK’.

 
Step 3: ZIP the plunger back to retract the needle safely back into the barrel. The needle will tilt to one side and prevent the needle being able to be pushed out again, preventing reuse or needlestick injury.

 
Step 4: SNAP off the plunger at the breaking point. ClickZip™ is now disabled and cannot be reused. Discard the complete unit as per regulations require.

With less waste, a safer mechanism, and no need for special sharps disposal units, and the potential for needle reuse or needlestick injury greatly reduced, long term and other immediate costs are significantly lowered, and safety and health benefits for health workers, patients and the community as a whole are significantly increased.

 
DEXCOM'S NEWEST DIABETES DEVICE CAN READ YOUR BLOOD SUGAR WITHOUT ANY BLOOD, AND IT'S A LIFE-CHANGER
I have Type 1 diabetes, which means my body doesn't produce any insulin. So I have to inject insulin to regulate my blood sugar and check my levels by using a glucometer. This means I have to stick my finger with a needle anywhere from 5 to 10 times a day.  Dexcom provided me with a review unit of its new G6 continuous glucose monitor that's approved by the FDA to require no blood at all. CGMs allow diabetics to see their blood sugar throughout the day and night with a sensor that is inserted under the skin. Previously, CGMs needed a blood glucose reading in order to calibrate the device.  The new Dexcom G6 comes factory-calibrated and requires no finger stick. I've been wearing the device for nine days and I am really impressed with it.
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