Good equipment and procedures are necessary, but they don't eliminate the need for proper workspace design and facility preparation.
Countless veterinarians and team members have become sick or injured from exposure to the same cytotoxic drugs that give the pets they're treating a second chance at life. You can't do anything about the inherent toxicity of these drugs, but you can monitor and lessen everyone's exposure. First, think about all the different ways you come into contact with cytotoxic drugs:
If you're not using cytotoxic drugs yet, they could be in your future. You never know when oncology work will arrive at your clinic for the first time. Build a good workspace for these drugs and make sure team members are safe when it does.
When deciding on a method to control or eliminate any safety hazard, OSHA expects a business to first rely on so-called "engineering controls" before using procedural policies or personal protective equipment. Certainly good procedures and equipment are necessary, but they don't eliminate the need for proper workspace design and facility preparation. Here's how to outfit your practice's cytotoxic hot zone:
Don't be afraid of using cytotoxic drugs—just be safe.