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Managing employee apprehension toward handling cytotoxic drugs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4014233     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A strategy for dealing with employee apprehension about handling cytotoxic agents without a biological safety cabinet is described. Available evidence in the literature concerning the health risks of handling cytotoxic drugs was reviewed with employees. A committee was appointed to evaluate the institution's needs and current practices for handling cytotoxic agents. Airflow studies were conducted in the pharmacy department's sterile preparation areas, and policies and procedures were developed for use until biological safety cabinets could be installed. Plans were developed for dealing with special situations, such as exemption of certain employees from preparation of cytotoxic drugs or refusal of an employee to prepare these drugs. Managers can substantially reduce employees' apprehension about handling cytotoxic drugs by keeping employees informed about departmental plans, listening to their concerns, and developing procedures for safe handling of these agents.
T D Moore; K M Hale; L M Cortese; A D Fillmore; K G Jozefczyk; S M Scala; G S Wellman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hospital pharmacy     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0002-9289     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Hosp Pharm     Publication Date:  1985 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-08-21     Completed Date:  1985-08-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370474     Medline TA:  Am J Hosp Pharm     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  826-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced,  prevention & control*
Personnel, Hospital*
Pharmacy Service, Hospital / standards*
United States
United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents

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