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Improving Safety-Related Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Nurses Handling Cytotoxic Anticancer Drug: Pharmacists' Experience in a General Hospital, Malaysia
- Keat, Chan Huan (Department of Pharmacy, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital) ;
- Sooaid, Nor Suhada (Department of Pharmacy, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital) ;
- Yun, Cheng Yi (Department of Pharmacy, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital) ;
- Sriraman, Malathi (Department of Pharmacy, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital)
- Published : 2013.01.31
Background: An increasing trend of cytotoxic drug use, mainly in cancer treatment, has increased the occupational exposure among the nurses. This study aimed to assess the change of nurses' safety-related knowledge as well as attitude levels and subsequently to assess the change of cytotoxic drug handling practices in wards after a series of pharmacist-based interventions. Materials and Methods: This prospective interventional study with a before and after design requested a single group of 96 nurses in 15 wards actively providing chemotherapy to answer a self-administered questionnaire. A performance checklist was then used to determine the compliance of all these wards with the recommended safety measures. The first and second assessments took 2 months respectively with a 9-month intervention period. Pharmacist-based interventions included a series of technical, educational and administrative support measures consisting of the initiation of closed-system cytotoxic drug reconstitution (CDR) services, courses, training workshops and guideline updates. Results: The mean age of nurses was
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