Hazardous drug use has been ubiquitous in oncology practice for decades with the majority of these drugs being administered intravenously and requiring reconstitution, dilution, and transfer to IV bags or administration directly to the patient via syringe injection. While hazardous drugs may effectively treat cancerous tissue, they also may damage healthy organs, and consequently can be hazardous to health care workers involved in their handling, preparation, and/or administration. Therefore, safe handling of hazardous drugs is critical to ensure the health of hospital pharmacists, nurses, and others who may come into contact with these medications.
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