In Europe, healthcare professionals, including 7.3 million nurses, are exposed to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic hazardous drugs every year. 2200 new cases of leukemia are diagnosed year each as a result of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs. And 17,185 Miscarriages occur every year as a result of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.
Exposure to toxic drugs as droplets or vapor can occur through inhalation, skin contact, unintentional hand-to-mouth ingestion or accidental needle stick and sharps injuries. In wards, and especially oncology wards, unintentional exposure to hazardous drugs poses a risk not only to nurses, but also to other hospital personnel, patients and their families, and the environment.
Studies show that nurses who handle antineoplastic drugs are exposed to the active ingredients. A recent study showed that 61% of wipe tests in hospital settings were positive for antineoplastics, with the highest concentrations on toilet floors, an IV pump, and a waste bin cover.
Occupational safety from hazardous drug exposure starts with Simplivia's Closed System Drug-transfer Device (CSTD).