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Online J Issues Nurs. 2004 Sep 30;9(3):6.

Safe handling of hazardous drugs.

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Southern Regional Health System in the South suburban Atlanta area, USA. marty.polovich@southernregional.org

Abstract

Recommendations for the safe handling of hazardous drugs have been available for more than twenty years. Evidence for continued risk of occupational exposure is abundant; however, nurses' use of the recommended precautions is not universal. This may be related to a lack of information or to a lack of serious concern for the potential hazards. This article includes a discussion of current issues related to handling hazardous drugs in the workplace and a review of the history of safe handling guidelines, current recommendations, and barriers to implementing guidelines in health care settings.

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15482092
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