Chemo temperatures

  1. I have been on a Med/Onc floor for 18 months. I became chemo certified 4 months ago. Most of the chemo that comes to the floor is placed in a refrigerator until it is time to dispense. Some are non-refridgerated. My question is about whether the refrigerated meds should be taken out prior to administration and if so for how long. I am not sure where to look in the literature. I will talk to pharmacy about it as well, but I was wondering what other, more experienced practitioners have to say. Thanks
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  3. by   julieK
    We do not keep any chemo in the refrigerator. I have worked both on the floor and in the outpatient chemo treatment center. The pharmacy delivers the chemo within 12 hours of scheduled administration, and if there is a shorter expiration time, the pharmacist will be in very close contact with the nurse to ensure that they will be able to give the chemo within the appropriate time.

    Hth,
    Julie

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