Oral Antineoplastics in Nononcology Units: Moving Toward Safer Ordering, Administration, and Handling

Kathy Leifeste

oral chemotherapy, safe handling, interdisciplinary communication, nononcology units
CJON 2014, 18(4), 411-413. DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.411-413

About 25% of all chemotherapy agents prescribed for patients with cancer are oral formulations. As a result, more patients in the acute care setting and tertiary care settings are receiving oral chemotherapy agents on nononcology units. This creates concerns about safe handling for patients, caregivers, and staff.

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