Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety: healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures
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Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety: healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures

Alison Simons Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
Samantha Toland Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

Healthcare workers who handle or administer systemic anticancer therapy (SACT) agents are at risk of exposure to hazardous drugs known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic. Research suggests that there is a lack of awareness among healthcare workers about health and safety risks when handling or administering SACT agents. This article gives a brief overview of SACT and reports the findings of an online survey undertaken to explore healthcare personnel’s awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures when working with SACT.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2019.e1657

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Samantha.Toland@bcu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Simons A, Toland S (2019) Systemic anticancer therapy handling safety: healthcare workers’ awareness, knowledge, training and use of protection measures. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2019.e1657

Published online: 10 October 2019