Nursing Assistants' Use of Personal Protective Equipment Regarding Contact With Excreta Contaminated With Antineoplastic Drugs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To examine the feasibility of observing and interviewing nursing assistants about handling of antineoplastic drugs contaminated with excreta, acceptability of a measure of personal protective equipment (PPE) use with nursing assistants, and predictors of PPE use.

Participants & setting

27 nursing assistants in an inpatient hematology-oncology unit at an academic medical center in the southeastern United States.

Methodologic approach

This was an exploratory, multimethod study using observation, verbally administered questionnaires, and interviews. Research variables included recruitment rates, acceptability of observation, and understandability of a safe-handling instrument.


Observed use of double gloves, chemotherapy gowns, and face shields was low; use of plastic-backed pads when flushing excreta was high.

Implications for nursing

Nursing assistants are willing to participate in research. Standardized training and education about PPE use are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walton, AL; Kneipp, S; Linnan, L; Asafu-Adjei, J; Douglas, C; Leff, M; Rogers, B

Published Date

  • November 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 689 - 700

PubMed ID

  • 31626622

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7886377

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-0688

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-535X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1188/19.onf.689-700


  • eng