Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases

Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases poses a health risk. Hazardous drugs include antineoplastics, cytotoxic drugs, certain hormone therapies, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanyl.
Infectious diseases may be airborne, bloodborne contact or zoonotic, and exposure may be either direct or indirect.

Are you prepared?

  • My supervisor has provided me with instruction and training on the safe handling, care and disposal protocols specific to the risk of exposure
  • I have reviewed the client’s care plan to determine if there is a potential risk of exposure to a hazardous drug or infectious disease
  • I have reviewed the safe handling, care and disposal protocols specific to the client, prior to entering the home
  • My supervisor has provided me with an adequate supply of appropriate personal protective equipment
  • I know to practice safe hand-washing techniques before and after care
  • I will notify my supervisor immediately if I have an unprotected exposure
  • I know to contact my supervisor immediately if it is unsafe for me to proceed

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