My pharmacist and myself have been meeting and have some questions about the USP<800 Chapter regulations coming up 07/01/2018. So here goes.
ü Does your facility have a specific place to don and garb with chemotherapy PPE? We don't have one specific unit that does chemotherapy- the chemotherapy nurses travel to other units also.
ü How does your facility transport HD/Chemotherapy? [hand deliver, cart, container, etc]
ü How does your facility have you dispose of your PPE and chemotherapy equipment used without contamination of the environment?
ü Where does your facility place the chemotherapy/HD waste containers? [each room, in a dirty utility, in a centralized location]
ü Also, does your facility have a General Policy for HD/chemotherapy to be the umbrella and then have Standard Operating Procedure specific to each topic? So, in the policy for each specific topic you would say "refer to ... SOP" Our facility got away from each specific topic due to nurses having trouble looking up specific topics/policies and have gone down to two policies.
I will look forward to all the responses I receive for I know each facility does things just a little different. I can tell you we are a local hospital and not specific to chemotherapy.
Patty Barding, MSN, RN, OCN