A Comprehensive Approach to USP <800> Compliance
November 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 11 - Page #20

Exposure to hazardous drugs (HDs) is prevalent among health care workers and has long been a safety concern. Wipe sampling has identified widespread contamination on multiple work surfaces in health care facilities,1-3 and air sampling studies have confirmed airborne HD contamination.4,5 Facilities with work surface contamination are associated with higher rates of HD exposure among health care staff.1,6-12 Despite clear evidence of adverse health consequences associated with HD exposure (see SIDEBAR13-18), as well as published safety recommendations to prevent exposure, safe HD handling practices have yet to be universally adopted.

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