Compounding Hazardous drugs

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Running Head: COMPOUNDING HAZARDOUS DRUGSCompounding Hazardous DrugsName:Instructor:Course:Institution:Date:1COMPOUNDING HAZARDOUS DRUGS2Compounding Hazardous DrugsChemotherapy is usually administered using cytotoxic agents. These are substances thatare used to treat malignant and other diseases. They work by destroying fast growing cancercells. Handling these agents has not yet been established to be linked to adverse health risks butthere is possibility (Gehan, 2009). To reduce the possibility of health effects to the handlers, theappropriate safety precautions have to be implemented. The preparation, administration, disposaland general handling of these products could amount to an occupational hazard.The first thing to do before handling chemotherapy products is to put on personalprotective equipment. These include a disposable, liquid resistant gown that is closed at thefront. Then theres the powder free gloves that are about 0.2 millimeters thick which is alsodisposable and should cover the hands of the gown. It is very important to wash hands before andafter using these gloves. Eye protection is also a necessity before handling these products. Thisprotective equipment should be pre-selected based on the risk assessment (Newton, 2002). Theyshould be able to offer adequate protection for the use they are intended for. Those supposed tohandle the chemotherapy products should be trained in the use of this equipment and theirstorage and main

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