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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 297-300

Safe Environment in Handling Antineoplastic Agents

Associate Director of Nursing, Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Mhardiya J Alfad
Associate Director of Nursing, Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Patients/family and significant others are entitled to safe, quality health care at all times while receiving chemotherapy. The most common forms of cytotoxic drugs are known as antineoplastic agents, and sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. Chemotherapy drugs are also known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic. Chemotherapy drugs kill both normal and malignant cells. Various categories of staff are involved in handling these drugs, from the manufacturing unit to administration and waste disposal, and they are potentially exposed to the hazards of cytotoxic drugs. Therefore, it is essential that all healthcare workers, employees, and employers maintain a safe environment in the chemotherapy unit to prevent hazards to self, patients, and family.

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