Each year, 1 in 6 oncology nurses report unintentional skin or eye exposure to chemotherapy drugs.1

However, the scope is much greater than this. Recent studies have suggested that the increased risk of exposure to chemotherapy drugs expands beyond nurses to include other healthcare professionals – pharmacists, physicians, technicians, etc.²   

Drug contamination was found on surfaces at every stage in the medication chain – from drug storage to administration – which signals the heightened risk of exposure to hazardous drugs throughout a medical facility.³

How to reduce the risk?

Formally integrate preventative guidelines to drive your processes

In the past two decades, several guidelines for working with hazardous drugs have been established (NIOSH 2004; CEC 1990; ISOPP 2007) worldwide.4

Other studies have shown that the exposure to hazardous drugs have decreased over the past years, suggesting that the implementation of safe work practices do indeed have a positive effect by reducing exposure.5

 Guidelines help, but more can be done

Aim for products with built-in safety features to complement your safe work practices.

Healthcare professionals have enough to worry about – so why not choose a product that is both easy and safe by design?

Nipro’s Surefuser™+ is a self-powered, single-use device for the safe delivery of chemotherapy treatments and other drugs administered intravenously.

  • ·        several built-in safety features
  • ·        closed system design
  • ·        protects patients and healthcare professionals – from preparation to disconnection

Footnotes
  1. Christopher R Friese et al., Structures and processes of care in ambulatory oncology settings and nurse-reported exposure to chemotherapy; BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Sep; 21(9):753–759
  2. Fransman W. – Antineoplastic drugs: occupational exposure and health risks, Doctoral thesis University of Utrecht, 2006
  3. HON C-Y et al., Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic Drugs: Identification of Job Categories Potentially Exposed throughout the Hospital Medication System; Saf Health Work 2011;2:273-81
  4. PAHO, Safe Handling of Hazardous Chemotherapy Drugs in Limited-Resource Settings; 2013
  5. Fransman W et al., A Pooled Analysis to Study Trends in Exposure to Antineoplastic Drugs Among Nurses; Ann. Occup. Hyg., Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 231–239, 2007