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Protecting cancer nurses' health from work hazards and pressures

Cancer nurses handling chemotherapy drugs have called for urgent research regarding health and safety risks they face when administrating medicines

A growing number of cancer nurses are raising concerns about the health and safety risks of handling chemotherapy drugs as part of their roles, highlighting the urgent need for more research in this area

Nurse academics from Birmingham City University (BCU) are calling for the mandatory use of closed system drug transfer devices (CSTDs).

The CSTDs prohibit the transfer of environmental contaminants into the therapy system and prevent hazardous drugs or vapour concentrations escaping.

46%

of 200 nurses surveyed reported adverse health effects related to handling chemotherapy drugs

This is designed to minimise the risk of nurses being exposed to potentially dangerous cytotoxic medicines during the chemotherapy treatment process.

'Plenty of evidence'

BCU senior lecturer in cancer care and chemotherapy Alison Simons says: ‘There is now plenty of published evidence showing the dangers nurses

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