Hazardous drugs are medications that have the potential to cause harm to the people who handle them, either through inhalation, ingestion, absorption, or injection. These drugs are often used in healthcare settings, and they can be dangerous if not handled properly.
One type of hazardous drug is chemotherapy drugs, which are used to treat cancer. These drugs are highly toxic and can cause serious side effects in the people who take them. As such, they must be handled with extreme care to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare workers and others who may come into contact with them.
Proper handling of chemotherapy drugs involves wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks, and gowns, to prevent contact with the skin or inhalation of the drugs. Preparation and administration of these drugs should be done using closed system drug-transfer devices (CSTDs) like Simplivia’s Chemfort®. In addition, these drugs must be stored and transported in special containers to prevent spills or leaks.
Overall, it is important to take appropriate precautions when handling hazardous drugs, including chemotherapy drugs, to protect the health and safety of those who come into contact with them.