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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

Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2014

Correspondence Address:
Mhardiya J Alfad
Associate Director of Nursing, Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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  Abstract 

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.


How to cite this article:
Alfad MJ. Safe Environment in Handling Antineoplastic Agents. J Appl Hematol 2011;2:297-300

How to cite this URL:
Alfad MJ. Safe Environment in Handling Antineoplastic Agents. J Appl Hematol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 Nov 15];2:297-300. Available from: http://www.jahjournal.org/text.asp?2011/2/4/297/135586

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