Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

May is National Oncology Nursing MonthExternal Web Site Icon.  In honor of these nurses and all who work with hazardous drugs (many of which are used in the treatment of cancer) we are posting this blog on how to safely prepare, administer or otherwise handle these drugs.   
About 8 million U.S. healthcare workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs.  Inhalation and skin contact or absorption are the most likely routes of exposure.   However, unintentional ingestion from hand to mouth contact and unintentional injection through a needle-stick or sharps injury are also possible.  Hazardous drugs can include those used for cancer therapy, some antiviral drugs, hormone agents, and bioengineered drugs.


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