Info on how you give chemo in acute care

  1. Hi,

    I'm in an MSN program and an oncology nurse on an inpatient unit. I'm writing an article on safe chemo administration and I'm wondering if you could help me with some general information. If you administer chemo on an acute care unit, do you follow OSHA/NIOSH recommendations for safe administration? I know what the guidelines are inside and out but I'm wondering if most units bother to follow them. The guidelines address the following:
    1. wearing gowns, gloves, goggles in administration and dealing with body fluids
    2. preparing chemo in separate designated areas
    3. using chemo specific gloves for administration and/or dealing with body fluids
    4. Pre-primed tubing with non-chemo fluid, or back flow priming
    5. Using gown/gloves/goggles for housekeeping personnel when cleaning chemo patients bathrooms.

    Can you give me some examples of your scenarios?

    Last edit by mianlica on Feb 19, '07
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    Oncology Staff Nurse
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in oncology/med/surg


  3. by   CriticalCareOnc
    Yes we do follow the guidelines and also the guidelines set by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).