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Safe Handling: Implementing Hazardous Drug Precautions

Ann Marie L. Walton
Susan Mason
Michele Busshart
Angela D. Spruill
Summer Cheek
Ashley Lane
Kathy Sabo
Amanda Taylor
CJON 2012, 16(3), 251-254 DOI: 10.1188/12.CJON.251-254

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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