Safe handling: implementing hazardous drug precautions

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Occupational exposure to chemotherapy is a significant and ubiquitous danger to oncology nurses. The Oncology Clinical Nurse III/IV leadership group at the University of North Carolina Hospitals embarked on the challenge of a comprehensive standards review regarding personal protective equipment necessary when handling waste after hazardous drug administration. This review led to practice improvements in education, the use of chemotherapy-rated gloves when handling hazardous waste, and changes in the disposal options available to staff. A discharge teaching pamphlet on safe handling for the caregivers of patients receiving hazardous drugs was created and piloted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walton, AML; Mason, S; Busshart, M; Spruill, AD; Cheek, S; Lane, A; Sabo, K; Taylor, A

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 254

PubMed ID

  • 22641316

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-067X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-1095

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1188/12.cjon.251-254


  • eng