Objective: This study evaluated health care worker exposure to antineoplastic drugs. Methods: A cross-sectional study examined environmental samples from pharmacy and nursing areas. A 6-week diary documented tasks involving those drugs. Urine was analyzed for two specific drugs, and blood samples were analyzed by the comet assay. Results: Sixty-eight exposed and 53 nonexposed workers were studied. Exposed workers recorded 10,000 drug-handling events during the 6-week period. Sixty percent of wipe samples were positive for at least one of the five drugs measured. Cyclophosphamide was most commonly detected, followed by 5-fluorouracil. Three of the 68 urine samples were positive for one drug. No genetic damage was detected in exposed workers using the comet assay. Conclusions: Despite following recommended safehandling practices, workplace contamination with antineoplastic drugs in pharmacy and nursing areas continues at these locations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Oct 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health