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Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Oral cytotoxic or “caution” medications Adult, Cancer-related, Children

Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications - Handling

How should I handle Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications safely?

In case of accidental exposure, this is what you should do:

​Route of exposure ​What to do
​Direct contact via skin, eye or mucous membrane.

​Wash the area of contact thoroughly, with plenty of water.
Seek medical attention if there is any irritation over the area.

​Inhalation of aerosols and powders.​Seek medical attention immediately.
​Accidental spillage.
  • ​Wear a pair of gloves and cover the area with paper towels.
  • Wipe the area with water then clean with household cleaner and water.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing immediately and blot dry with paper towels. Wash separately from other laundry.
  • Double-bag all used paper towels before disposing it with the household waste.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning up the spillage.
​Contamination of surfaces with child’s vomitus, faeces and urine.
  • ​Wear a pair of gloves and cover the area with paper towels.
  • Wipe the area with water then clean with household cleaner and water.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing immediately and blot dry with paper towels. Wash separately from other laundry.
  • Double-bag all used paper towels before disposing it with the household waste. Empty the contents of urinal commodes and vomit bowls in the toilet bowl and flush twice.
  • Used diapers should be double-bagged before disposal as well.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning up the contaminated surfaces.

     

Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications - Storage

How should I store Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;# ​Store the medication in the orignal container it came in.​

How should I dispose of Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications safely?

Any excess tablets/capsules/syrups should be returned to the hospital for disposal.

Double-bag the empty pill containers / oral syringes / syrup bottles before disposal with household waste.

Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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