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How should I handle body fluids of someone receiving chemotherapy?

You want to be protective of yourself when handling the fluids of someone receiving chemotherapy, says Tamara Sutton, director of cancer services at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. In this video, she explains how to handle this type of waste. 
Body fluids of a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy medication should be treated as hazardous waste. Body fluids include blood, vomit, stool, urine, or sexual fluids. Follow these tips to protect yourself:
  • Use gloves. During a chemotherapy treatment and for 48 hours after each dose, anyone caring for the patient should wear chemo gloves or two pairs of exam gloves when handling any body fluid.
  • Flush bodily waste. During a chemotherapy treatment and for the 48 hours following a dose, consider flushing the toilet twice to ensure the waste is completely flushed away.
  • Treat soiled diapers or incontinence pads as hazardous waste. Dispose of them in a biohazard waste container.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding means extra caution. Family or caregivers who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive can still be in contact with the patient. But they should use extra care to avoid direct contact with chemotherapy or contaminated wastes.

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