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We try to avoid crushing oral chemotherapy at all cost. We either have our pharmacy make a suspension or have the parents dissolve the tablet in a syringe. With appropriate gloves on, the parent would remove the plunger of a syringe, the tablet is place in the syringe, the plunger is replaced. The parent would then draw up water into the syringe and allow the tablet to dissolve with gentle inversion of the syringe. The child would then drink the medication from the syringe and chase it with appropriate drink. The gloves and the syringe are disposed of after each use.
Hope this helps,
Gale Roberts BN RN CPON
Provincial Pediatric Oncology Nurse Coordinator
Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre
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What do other institutions educate about giving oral chemo at home? Can parents crush it? Do you have them wear gloves? Any information would be helpful!