Who Can Benefit from CSTD Systems?
Any workers who come in contact with hazardous drugs, from delivery of packaged vials to infusion into a patient's vein, can benefit from using a CSTD system. It's estimated that eight million workers in the United States are at risk of exposure to hazardous drugs or waste, such as contaminated packaging, used needles, escaped vapor or contaminated dust at their worksites. These workers do not just include nursing and pharmacy personnel – rather, they extend to operating room workers, physicians, physical therapists, veterinary professionals, laundry workers, maintenance workers, waste handlers, and shipping and receiving personnel.
Exposure comes from handling drug vials, cleaning spills, or touching contaminated surfaces when they compound, administer, or dispose of hazardous drugs. They also risk exposure by hand-to-mouth ingestion, inhalation, injection by a sharp needle or blade, or absorption through the skin, mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth6.