Authors: Shahrasbi, Abdol ali
Afshar, Minoo
Shokraneh, Farnaz
Monji, Faezeh
Noroozi, Mahjabin
Ebrahimi-Khojin, Maryam
Madani, Seyed Farzam
Ahadi-Barzoki, Mehdi
Rajabi, Mehdi
Title: Risks to health professionals from hazardous drugs in Iran
Other Titles: a pilot study of understanding of healthcare team to occupational exposure to cytotoxics
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: Ongoing concerns exist regarding the dangers inherent when handling cytotoxics, particularly drugs which are in parenteral formulations. On occasions, nurses and medical doctors have been preparing and administrating these drugs in the open spaces of wards in the absence of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety cabinets. To explore further into the severity of occupational hazards, we conducted our research in order to evaluate the healthcare’s understanding of occupational exposure to cytotoxics and occurrence of any side effects. A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was distributed amongst oncology nurses in nine specialized cancer centers in Tehran. The questionnaire was based on most reputable international guidelines, aiming to evaluate the attitude, knowledge and safe practices of nurses' handling cytotoxic drugs. The gathered data and reported side effects were compared between “oncology/hematology” and “non-oncology” participants. The majority of nurses from oncology wards were aware of the potential hazards associated with handling of chemotherapy and reported high levels of compliance with the use of PPE during reconstitution of antineoplastic agents. Almost all nurses reported the use of a safety cabinet during preparation, however only 55 % reported that they have annual medical check-ups and 45 % reported having received specialized training. This work was also to evaluate the experimental procedures as well as cleaning solutions used to reduce the level exposure. While the level of knowledge about antineoplastic agents is high among nurses, along with the level of PPE use, medical surveillance and employee training seems to be lagging behind.
Subject Headings: Cytotoxic drugs
surface sampling
cleaning solutions
contamination
occupational exposure
questionnaire
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2003/33532
http://dx.doi.org/10.17877/DE290R-16003
Issue Date: 2014-05-09
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