Martha Polovich on Chemotherapy Administration Safety

Martha Polovich, PhD, RN, AOCN, clinical instructor, Byrdine F. Lewis Scholl of Nursing & Health Professions, Georgia State University, discusses chemotherapy administration safety.

Martha Polovich, PhD, RN, AOCN, clinical instructor, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions, Georgia State University, discusses chemotherapy administration safety.

Polovich says it is well known that chemotherapy and other anti-neoplastic agents are hazardous to healthcare workers who handle them but there is also a concern for other employees who work in the area where the drugs are administered or prepared.

Although safety guidelines about chemotherapy administration have been in place since the 1970s, workers are still being exposed to chemotherapy and there needs to be an emphasis on compliance and adherence to the guidelines, Polovich says.