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Personal protective equipment for use in handling hazardous drugs.
Pharm Purch Prod 2006 Dec; 3(9):2-6
Health care workers may be exposed to hazardous drugs when they compound, administer, or dispose of hazardous drugs, or handle drug vials, clean up spills, or touch surfaces that are contaminated with these drugs (OSHA 1999; NIOSH 2004; ASHP 2006). Skin contact and inhalation are the most likely ways a health care worker may be exposed to hazardous drugs. These drugs can be substantially absorbed through the skin and the activities mentioned above can create aerosols or generate dust. In addition, ingestion (from hand to mouth) or injection through a needle stick or sharps injury is also possible. Personal protective equipment can provide an extra layer of protection for healthcare workers who handle hazardous drugs. However, knowledge of its proper use and limitations are critical for protective equipment to function properly. All items should be donned and removed with care to prevent damage and to reduce the spread of contamination from used items. Proper fit and material selection for protective equipment are also critical factors in their performance.
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Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
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