Administration of a parenteral anticancer drug requires protective clothing and other precautions to prevent exposure to health care providers.


Personal protective equipment:

(1) Surgical gloves should be worn when handling chemotherapy solutions or managing infusion lines.

(2) Closed-front surgical gowns with knit cuffs should be worn.

(3) Shoe covers should be considered.

(4) A face mask or eye protection may be required.

(5) The hands should be washed after the gloves are removed.


Material handling:

(1) A sterile, alcohol dampened cotton pledget should be used to wrap the needle, syringe or IV tubing when removing air bubbles from a syringe or IV tubing.

(2) Any spilled solutions should be immediately contained, removed using an appropriate spill kit, and handled as toxic waste.


Waste handling:

(1) Waste antineoplastic agents should be disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations for handling toxic chemical waste.

(2) All contaminated bottles, vials, gloves, absorbent paper, disposable gowns, gauze and other material should be placed in a biohazard bag and incinerated.


Accidental exposure:

(1) skin: Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water.

(2) eye: Flush the eye with water while holding the eyelid open for at least 15 minutes.


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