Assessing the Efficiency of CSTDs for Compounding
July 2015 : Hazardous Drug Handling - Vol. 12 No. 7 - Page #4

Ensuring the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) must be a primary concern for every health care worker who comes into contact with these medications. Given the potential dangers from improper management, organizations are wise to invest significant time in a comprehensive HD safety program. 

Looking at available guidelines, including the 2004 NIOSH alert,1 the ASHP guidelines on handling HDs,2 and proposed USP Chapter <800>,3 the number of steps required to safely compound HDs may appear daunting. However, safe handling of HDs is critical to effectively treating disease. In the health care environment, where facilities continually aim to improve efficiencies and reduce labor and supply costs using Lean methods, it is critical that the number of steps required to ensure the safety of critical tasks, including use of closed system drug-transfer devices (CSTDs), be carefully considered.2,4 Safety steps must never be removed in the interests of efficiency.

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