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Identification and safe handling of hazardous drugs.
Pharm Purch Prod 2010 Mar; 7(3):10-13
Over the past 30 years, we have been investigating the risks hazardous drugs pose to health care workers to determine how to minimize them. With current analytical techniques, we can assess the level of environmental contamination for about 10% of the hazardous drugs currently in use. Several dozen studies have shown that workplace contamination is common with these drugs. We can extrapolate that the other 90% of hazardous drugs handled in the same manner, although not yet measured, probably pose the same risk. Until safer drugs become the mainstay, health care workers need to be vigilant about their work practices for their protection and the protection of their coworkers.
Health-care-personnel; Nurses; Medical-personnel; Drugs; Pharmaceuticals; Physicians
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products
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