The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has put forth new guidelines for the handling of medications that have been deemed hazardous by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), known as USP 800. All healthcare and manufacturing institutions are mandated to implement the guidelines by December 2019.
The guidelines are designed to protect those who manufacture, prepare, dispense, and administer hazardous drugs. Long-term exposure to hazardous drugs in the workplace has been shown to have adverse health effects, including cancer and reproductive issues. Implementation of the USP 800 guidelines will have a significant impact on the nursing care of pediatric patients. The guidelines call for the increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE), changes to disposal practices, and attention to touch surfaces that may pose risk. This session will provide information on the various ways pediatric nurses are exposed to hazardous drugs and strategies to minimize exposure with the implementation of the USP 800 guidelines.
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