pregnant and handling 5-FU pump mixing

Specialties Oncology


does anyone have any advice about handling 5-FU for portable pump mixing for chemo pts.?


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If pregnant, I wouldn't do it and never did.

Other colleagues(not pregnant) would handle or administer

the chemotherapy.

Similarly, for pregnant colleagues, I would handle the chemotherapy (when I wasn't pregnant) so they would not have to.

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

OSHA has regulations on pregnant ( or those trying to become pregnant) handling chemo, po or IV.

Most good hospitals discourage pregnant nurses from handling chemo, especially mixing it. While it can be safe, there is always a risk of spills/contamination.

Also remember that drugs such as inhaled pentamidine (for PCP opportunistic pneumonia) and ganglicyclovir can be as hazardous or more so to pregnant nurses as chemo.

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