How Do CSTDs Protect Nurses, Pharmacists, and Patients?
As we have seen, healthcare workers routinely face dangerous hazardous drug exposure. Using a needle and syringe system to administer hazardous drugs comes with the potential for nurses to suffer accidental needle sticks. There is also a greater chance of the drug leaking into the environment, whether through liquid leaks, spills, vapors, or aerosolization.
CSTDs protect nurses, pharmacists, and patients because they provide a closed system. When nothing can get in or out of the device, healthcare professionals are less likely to come into contact with the drugs they use to treat patients. Patients are likewise protected from harmful microorganisms or other environmental contaminants that, without this closed system, could end up in their drug during the course of treatment.
Besides protecting nurses, pharmacists and patients, increased safety becomes a trickle-down effect when facilities use CSTDs for hazardous drug treatments. With CSTD use, hazardous drug exposure is reduced for all personnel involved in transporting, storing, or disposing of these drugs, such as couriers and technicians6.