Keeping Your Relative Safe

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my paternal grandmother’s country home. This special lady taught me the importance of hard work. Every summer, I worked alongside her in her large, vegetable garden. Unfortunately, my grandmother’s health started to deteriorate a few years ago. However, this spunky woman wanted to continue living by herself at her home. To keep her safe, my grandmother’s children purchased some medical equipment and supplies for her. They bought a hospital bed, a bed pan, an oxygen tank, and a walker for her. On this blog, I hope you will discover the types of medical equipment and supplies that can help your elderly loved one stay safe and independent.

3 Benefits Of Using Closed System Transfer Devices For Hazardous Drugs

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Most people believe that prescribed drugs are designed to heal or eliminate illness and infection. While true in many cases, there are a number of drugs that are hazardous to be exposed to if you are not being treated for a specific condition. Medical staff, especially nurses, and pharmacy employees are at an increased risk to exposure to infusional hazardous drugs. Some pharmacies and hospitals are using hazardous drug closed system transfer device (CSTD)  to help limit exposure. Some of the benefits of using a CSTD device for hazardous drugs in a hospital or pharmacy include:

Decrease Surface and Atmospheric Contamination

A CSTD is airtight and leak-proof and it was designed to ensure that healthcare workers and pharmacy staff are not exposed to the chemicals in the drug when the drug is transported from the pharmacy to a hospital, clinic, or long-term care facility and then administered by doctors or nurses. Since CSTDs are completely airtight and leak proof, they can greatly reduce the risk of hazardous drugs contaminating surfaces or the air. When used properly, hazardous drug CSTDs show a lot of promise in keeping healthcare workers and pharmacy staff save.

Protect Pregnant Healthcare Workers or Pharmacy Staff

While exposure to some medications may not be a huge risk for adults, they can be quite hazardous to an unborn fetus. There are many medications that are not safe for women to take because they may cause birth defects. Most pregnant women actively avoid any medications that may harm her baby, but healthcare workers and pharmacy staff can be exposed to drugs that may be dangerous while pregnant. The use of CSTDs can protect women who are of child bearing age or are currently pregnant and work as a healthcare worker or in a pharmacy.

Peace of Mind for Employees

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all other types of healthcare workers go into their field because they want to help others. However, the knowledge that a person may continually be exposed to hazardous drugs as a part of their job can be very stressful and worrying. No one wants to live with the thought that in the course of doing their job and helping others they may be harming themselves. The use of CSTDs in pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and long-term care centers may greatly increase the peace of mind of those healthcare who handle and administer drugs that may be hazardous. 

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7 February 2018