Provide the Right Resources and Equipment
Of course, training and policies can only be effective if medical staff have the necessary equipment to do their jobs safely. For example, according to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), staff should use closed system drug-transfer devices (CSTDs) to administer antineoplastics whenever possible4.
Use CSTDs for Preparing and Administering Hazardous Drugs
CSTDs ensure a safe, closed system for drug preparation and administration. CSTDs ensure that hazardous drug vapors, aerosols and liquids cannot leak out of the device, and that the drug remains sterile.
CSTDs like Simplivia’s Tevadaptor® have been shown to extending practical (in-use) shelf life of drug vials. This reduces drug wastage, and means that more patients can receive life-saving treatment. Tevadaptor® CSTDs also enable meaningful savings as the drugs used in chemotherapy and other cutting-edge treatments can be very expensive.
Provide Proper PPE
When handling hazardous drugs, healthcare staff should wear appropriate PPE. This can include face and eye protection, gloves, gowns, and shoe covers4. These items should not be reused. Proper handwashing is also essential.
Ensure Access to Disposal Equipment
To promote the safe disposal of hazardous drugs and related equipment, medical staff should readily have access to spill kits and sharps containers.
Integrate Effective Engineering Controls
Engineering controls, such as biological safety cabinets, isolators, or ventilation tools to filter or control airflow are another line of protection against occupational drug exposure2. For instance, some drugs must be prepared in a negative-pressure environment so as to not leak out of their packaging1.