Reply To: Chemo Body Fluids/PPE

  • Lindsey Ward

    Member
    May 29, 2019 at 10:34 am

    – Does your organization place all diapers/urinals/speci hats and the PPE worn during the handling of body fluids in an antineoplastic waste bin?

    Yes, all of the above go in an antineoplastic waste bin. We use chemo waste bags at the bedside for PPE and then place those in a large chemo (antineoplastic) bin housed in our chemo med room. 

    – Do you keep antineoplastic waste containers in patient rooms?  If so, how do you secure and ensure patients do not access these?
    Only if the patient is in diapers–we have small chemo waste bins that snap closed that are kept in the room. We don’t have any way to secure that patients don’t access them, but we don’t seem to have any issues. Once the lid is snapped on, its tough to take off. 

    -Do you use a new chemo gown every time the nurses handles the chemotherapy or enters the patient room to handle body fluids of a chemotherapy patient?

    We currently use a new chemo gown for every time we handle or administer chemo, but not typically for handling body fluids. 

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    Lindsey Ward, RN, BSN, CPHON
    Arkansas Children’s Hospital
    Clinical Educator
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-27-2019 08:09 AM
    From: Caroline Anderson
    Subject: Chemo Body Fluids/PPE

    ​Good morning!

     We are currently looking at the process we use for chemo administration and would love to know what the group does for body fluid handling and PPE:

    – Does your organization place all diapers/urinals/speci hats and the PPE worn during the handling of body fluids in an antineoplastic waste bin?

    – Do you keep antineoplastic waste containers in patient rooms?  If so, how do you secure and ensure patients do not access these?

    -Do you use a new chemo gown every time the nurses handles the chemotherapy or enters the patient room to handle body fluids of a chemotherapy patient?

    Thank you for your help!

    Caroline

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    Caroline Anderson, CPHON,MSN,RN
    Cook Children’s Medical Center
    Fort Worth, TX
    United States
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