Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs (Third Edition)

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As an oncology nurse, you have a daily responsibility for preparing and administering drugs used in the treatment of cancer. These hazardous drugs can alter DNA or affect other intracellular processes that interfere with cancer cell growth. For patients with cancer, the benefits of treatment generally outweigh the risks, but as a healthcare worker, you should take every precaution to avoid exposure to these hazardous drugs you handle.

The third edition of Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs provides nurses with the latest details and procedures needed to keep safe in the workplace. You’ll find new chapters on post-administration issues, linen handling, disposal of hazardous drugs and hazardous drug waste, and the hazardous drug handling policy landscape. In addition to these new sections, each chapter includes key points to help highlight the most important information for nurses dealing with hazardous drugs.

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs is based on the recommendations of NIOSH, OSHA, ONS, the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (ASHP), and USP. This essential guide is designed to help you translate safe handling recommendations into your daily practice as you handle HDs in the delivery of care to patients.

Nurse managers, nurse administrators, and nurses responsible for employee health and wellness also may find this content useful. You can use this new edition to critically examine your workplace and work practices to identify activities that might result in HD exposure, and to enact change in practices that put yourself and your colleagues at risk.

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Pages 1-17 - Introduction, Definition of Hazardous Drugs, Adverse Effects of Hazardous Drug Exposure, Evidence for Occupational Hazardous Drug Exposure

Martha Polovich
MiKaela Olsen
Pages (1-17)
This section includes a definition of hazardous drugs, information on the adverse effects of hazardous drug exposure, and evidence for occupational hazardous drug exposure (including biologica and enviromental monitoring).

Pages 18-35 - Interventions to Reduce Worker Exposure, Drug Compounding

Martha Polovich
Luci A. Power
Deborah L. Bolton
Pages (18-35)
This section details issues and concept surrounding interventions to reduce worker exposure (including hierarchy of controls, administrative, engineering, and workplace controls, and personal protective equipment), and issues surrounding drug compounding.

Pages 36-52 - Drug Administration, Post-Administration Issues, Linen Handling

Seth Eisenberg
James Bukowski
Pages (36-52)
This setcion examines issues surrounding drug administration, post-administration issues, and linen handling. Issues examined includes intravenous injections and infections, oral and topical agents, intracavitary administration, intra-arterial delivery,...

Pages 53-71 - Environmental Decontamination, Management of Spills, Disposal of Hazardous Drugs and Hazardous Drug Waste, Medical Surveillance of Healthcare Workers Handling Hazardous Drugs

James Bukowski
Seth Eisenberg
Charlotte Smith
Marian Condon
Melissa A. McDiarmid
Pages (53-71)
This section details issues such as environmental decontamination, management of spills, disposal of hazardous drugs and hazardous drug waste, and medical surveillance of healthcare workers handling hazardous drugs.

Pages 72-83 - Staff Education and Training, Patient and Family Education, The Hazardous Drug Handling Policy Landscape

MiKaela Olsen
Martha Polovich
Marjorie McCullagh
Christopher R. Friese
Pages (72-83)
Sections include information on staff training and education, patient and family education, and the hazardous drug handling policy landscape.