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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.


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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