1 SAFE HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS MEDICATIONS Cytotoxic and Non-Cytotoxic Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Policy #
2 By the end of this presentation staff should be able to 1. Understand what information is in the new Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Policy. 2. Define what a Hazardous Medication is and what some of the risks of occupational exposure are.
3 By the end of this presentation staff should be able to 3. Use the definitions and the charts in the policy to determine: the classification of the Hazardous Medication the dosage form of the Hazardous Medication how that impacts the handling precautions required to minimize occupational exposure. 4. Identify the steps to be taken when exposed to Hazardous Medication or when a Cytotoxic Spill occurs.
4 Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Policy To provide direction and describe safety measures for the receipt, storage, preparation, transport, administration, spill clean up and waste management of Hazardous Medications.
5 Who Does This Safe Handling Policy Apply To? ALL employees providing direct care to patients receiving Hazardous Medications (nursing assistants, nurses, physicians, physiotherapy, etc.). ALL employees handling or transporting medication, waste or soiled equipment (e.g. housekeeping, laundry, transport, pharmacy, shipping and receiving, etc.).
6 Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Policy Will Assist Staff To 1. Define cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic hazardous medications. 2. Recognize & prevent potential risks and conditions for exposure to potentially hazardous medications. 3. Determine appropriate precautions for safe handling of potentially cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic hazardous medications and associated waste. 4. Classify and manage a cytotoxic spill.
7 Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Policy A copy of the complete Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Policy can be found on the Medication Quality and Safety Committee page on WRHA INSITE page.
8 What Are Hazardous Medications? Medications that are known or suspected to cause adverse health effects from exposures in the workplace. They include: antineoplastic and chemotherapy medications used for cancer and other diseases medications to treat auto immune diseases like arthritis antiviral medications, hormones, some bioengineered medication & other miscellaneous medications.
9 What Are the Potential Risks to Health Care Workers? Working with or near hazardous medications in health care settings can potentially cause: Skin rashes Infertility Miscarriage Birth defects Organ toxicities Leukemia or other cancers
10 How Do Staff Come in Contact With Hazardous Medications? Direct contact Primary physical contact with a hazardous medication during preparation or administration or when managing a hazardous medication spill. Indirect Contact Secondary contact with a hazardous medication from body fluids, bed linens, medical equipment, etc.
11 Direct or Indirect? 1. Touching measurable concentrations of medications present on drug vial exteriors, work surfaces, floors, and final medication products? 2. Changing the diaper of a baby receiving cytotoxic medication for leukemia?
12 What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
13 C.H.O.I.C.E C.H.O.I.C.E is an easy to remember acronym to help staff remember the necessary steps needed to minimize exposure to hazardous medications.
14 C.H.O.I.C.E C Is the medication Cytotoxic? H Is the medication non-cytotoxic Hazardous? O Is it a solid Oral intact dosage form? I Is it an Injectable or Instillation dosage form? C Is it a Compromised dosage form? E What Effect will this information have?
15 C Is the medication that I m handling Cytotoxic?
16 H Is the medication non-cytotoxic Hazardous? WEAR GLOVES WEAR GLOVES DO NOT CRUSH
17 Cytotoxic & Non-cytotoxic Hazardous Cytotoxic Medications that are potentially detrimental or destructive to cells within the body. Deemed to pose maximal risk in the event of occupational exposure. Non-Cytotoxic Medications (other than cytotoxic hazardous medications) which are deemed to pose a potential risk in the event of occupational exposure and require special handling precautions
18 Cytotoxic & Non-cytotoxic Hazardous
19 Cytotoxic & Non-cytotoxic Hazardous A copy of the complete Cytotoxic and Noncytotoxic Hazardous Medications Chart can be found in the policy and as a separate copy on the Medication Quality and Safety Committee page on WRHA INSITE page.
21 O Is it a solid Oral intact dosage form? Intact (Unopened) Capsules Whole Tablets
22 O If a solid Oral intact dosage form is not appropriate for administration to your patient (can not swallow tablet, medication is administered through a feeding tube, etc.) DO NOT CRUSH TABLET or OPEN CAPSULE Contact pharmacy for assistance.
23 I Is it an Injectable dosage form or a dosage form that will be Instilled into a body cavity? IV, IM, subcut, IT, bladder instillation etc.
24 C Is it a Compromised dosage form?
25 C Pharmacy will purchase or prepare a liquid dosage form if required for your patient. If this is not available, they may suggest the Dissolve-and-Dose or Crush-Dissolve-and-Dose method of medication administration. Contact pharmacy for full instructions on using this method and to ensure that the medication can be administered in this manner.
27 E What Effect will this information have?
29 Safe Handling of Medications Chart A copy of the complete Safe Handling of Medications Chart can be found in the policy and as a separate copy on the Medication Quality and Safety Committee page on WRHA INSITE page.
30 Summary of Key Points When Handling Hazardous Medications Hazardous medications can potentially cause harm to workers. Hazardous medications can be classified as cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic. C.H.O.I.C.E is an acronym to be used with the safe handling of medications chart to determine proper handling procedures.
31 Other Points About Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications Be familiar with the policy. Change gloves every 30 minutes. Report any exposure (direct and indirect contact / skin puncture) with hazardous medication to immediate supervisor. Discuss concerns about pregnancy, breast-feeding or attempt to reproduce with your supervisor - may lead to temporary reassignment.
32 When Does This Safe Handling Policy Apply? Greatest risk activities: preparation and administration of medication. Lesser risk activities: handling human waste of patients known to have received a hazardous medication in the last 48 hours. Staff should ensure they are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for each of these levels of exposure.
33 Preparation of Non-Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Prepared by pharmacy or by nurse. Site specific guidelines apply contact your pharmacy for more information. Dispensed medications are labelled and packaged to reflect hazardous nature of medications. WEAR GLOVES WEAR GLOVES DO NOT CRUSH
34 Administration of Non-cytotoxic Hazardous Medication ALL routes of administration pose risk of exposure and all doses regardless of disease treated are potentially hazardous. Don PPE (wear exam gloves) Tablets or capsules shall not be split, or crushed in a patient care area prior to administration. Contact Pharmacy for assistance.
35 Administration of Non-cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Ensure central or peripheral line is patent and blood return present / adequate when administering IV Non-cytotoxic Hazardous Medication. Post-infusion flush with plain IV solution to ensure it s clear of Non-cytotoxic Hazardous Medication before disconnecting.
36 Preparation of Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Prepared by pharmacy. Cytotoxic Hazardous Medications (all dosage forms) labelled with Cytotoxic Symbol. Packaged in sealable plastic bag (e.g. Ziploc ). Parenteral doses are double bagged.
37 Preparation of Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Syringes dead end luer-lock syringe cap. Parenteral infusion bags: tubing sets attached and primed by pharmacy with solution not containing the Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication (except pediatric preparations). sets sealed with a dead end luer-lock cap.
38 Items That May Be Required When Administering Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Cytotoxic Spill Kit (different than the regular spill kit) Chemotherapy gown Procedure mask Red cytotoxic waste container Chemo gloves Plastic backed absorbent pads Cytotoxic sign
39 Administration of Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication ALL routes of administration pose risk of exposure and all doses regardless of disease treated are potentially hazardous. Cytotoxic Signs/Symbols posted during administration (if applicable) & for 48 hours after the last dose administered.
40 PPE for Administration Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Required for all routes of administration Chemo Gloves 12 inch cuffs Recommended for administration of injectable/instillation & compromised doses Chemo Gown lint free, low permeability fabric Procedure mask
41 Administration of Injectable Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication 1. All manipulation (once removed from plastic sealable bag) to take place on plastic backed absorbent pad (absorb side up). 2. Ensure central or peripheral line is patent and blood return present / adequate when administering IV Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication.
42 Administration of Injectable Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication 3. Post-infusion flush with plain IV solution to ensure it s clear of Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication before disconnecting. 4. When disconnecting from med port 2x2 gauze/alcohol pad used to absorb any droplets dispose in Cytotoxic Waste container.
43 Administration of Injectable Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication 5. Transport of pt with Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication infusion out of pt care area minimized. 6. If essential Cytotoxic Spill Kit and staff trained in Cytotoxic Spill management to accompany pt. 7. Inter-facility transport of pt minimized. If essential RN trained in Cytotoxic Spill mgmt shall accompany pt & remain at all times.
44 Administration of Injectable Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication 8. Cytotoxic Hazardous Med discontinued / temporarily stopped partway thru admin: Clamp tubing and / or apply a dead end luer-lock cap. Storage discuss with pharmacy if necessary. 9. Place all Bulk Cytotoxic Waste for pharmacy disposal in double sealable plastic bags labelled with a Cytotoxic Symbol Hand Deliver
45 Administration of Solid Oral Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Don PPE (wear chemo gloves) Tablets or capsules shall not be split or crushed in a patient care area prior to administration. Contact Pharmacy for assistance.
46 Administration of Compromised Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication Don PPE (chemo gloves required, chemo gown and procedure mask recommended) Discuss any administration issues with Pharmacy.
47 Disposal of Cytotoxic Medication Waste Don PPE (chemo gloves required) All items used while handling cytotoxic hazardous medications (parenteral, oral, inhalation, etc.) are considered Medication and/or Human Cytotoxic Waste shall be discarded in Cytotoxic Waste Container. Cytotoxic Waste Container to be disposed when ¾ full. Cytotoxic Waste Container sealed and labelled with Cytotoxic Symbols prior to collection.
48 Disposal of Cytotoxic Human Waste Don PPE (chemo gloves require, chemo gown and procedure mask recommended) Safe Handling of Human Cytotoxic Waste followed x 48 hrs after last dose regardless of route of administration. Contaminated laundry items kept separate from other items in waterproof laundry bag and sent to laundry service.
49 Disposal of Cytotoxic Human Waste Personal items / clothing sent home for cleaning (launder separate from other clothes). Laundry bags (plastic) with contaminated clothes sealed and sent to laundry services. Non-disposable items/equipment washed with detergent solution and rinsed with copious amounts of water while wearing chemo gloves.
50 Disposal of Cytotoxic Human Waste Cover toilets before flushing. For toilets with no lids cover bowl with disposable plastic-backed pad prior to flushing. Disposable pad disposed in Cytotoxic Waste Container.
51 Exposure to Hazardous Medication Immediately after all Exposure to Hazardous Medications or Waste. Eyes - Flush affected eye(s) with copious amounts of clean water or normal saline for a minimum of 15 minutes. Skin - Remove contaminated clothing immediately. Wash affected area with soap and running water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
52 Exposure to Hazardous Medication Skin Puncture - Wash puncture site thoroughly with soap and running water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Squeeze puncture site to encourage bleeding. Report any Exposure to your immediate supervisor. Appropriate site-specific reporting documentation shall be completed e.g. Patient Safety Event Report (occurrence report), work related injury near miss forms.
53 Cytotoxic Spills Contained/Less Than 25 ml Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication or Human Cytotoxic Waste in an unintended location that is confined in such a manner that it cannot be spread or dispersed Uncontained Cytotoxic Hazardous Medication or Human Cytotoxic Waste in an unintended location not confined within a container or on absorbent material; which exists in such manner that it can be spread or dispersed
54 Cytotoxic Spill Management A copy of the Spill Management Algorithm can be found in the policy and as a separate copy on the Medication Quality and Safety Committee page on WRHA INSITE page.
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