Chemotherapy For Cancer

What safety precautions are taken when handling chemotherapy?

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  • Most chemotherapy drugs are removed from the body mainly through urine, vomit, and stool within the first 48 hours after chemotherapy. During administration of chemotherapy and the 48 hours after treatment, you can expect to see the following pieces of equipment and procedures. The use and practice of these items ensure your safety and the safety of the healthcare team.
    • Chemotherapy wastebasket -- This is a large, covered wastebasket with a label on the side that identifies the contents as cytotoxic/bio-hazardous waste. All disposable items that are contaminated with chemotherapy are placed in this basket after use.
    • Gloves -- All healthcare personnel will use gloves while changing your linens, emptying urine, vomit, or other body fluids. Many of the chemotherapy drugs or their breakdown products are found in those body fluids.
    • Linen hamper -- Linen used by a patient who has received chemotherapy may have become contaminated with body fluids. All linen will be placed in a special linen bag so that it can be handled separately by the laundry service.
    • Urinal bedpan, Specipan, graduate -- All these items are used to either collect or measure your urine. After chemotherapy, your urine may be measured and recorded.
    • Emesis basin -- If you need to vomit, the amount may be measured and recorded.
    • Chemo gown, chemo gloves -- All nursing staff that administers chemotherapy will wear a long-sleeved non-absorbent disposable gown and thick gloves while handling your chemotherapy. Some nurses may also wear protective goggles and face shields. These disposable items will be placed in your chemotherapy wastebasket after use.
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