ChemoAlert - Surface Contamination Kit

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ChemoAlert™ is a custom kit designed to collect chemotherapy drug residues on non-porous surfaces in healthcare workspaces.  Developed in response to USP Chapter <797> housekeeping standards, proposed USP Chapter <800>, and the NIOSH Drug Alert for safeguarding healthcare workers, ChemoAlert™ can be used to test for 45 compounds.

 

For health care workers who are exposed to antineoplastic agents as part of their work practice, precautions should be taken to eliminate or reduce exposure as much as possible.  Pharmacists who prepare these drugs or nurses who may prepare and/or administer them are the two occupational groups who have the highest potential exposure to antineoplastic agents.

 

Healthcare professionals can use ChemoAlert™ to evaluate contact exposure to the antineoplastic agents with which they are working.  A number of studies have documented environmental and worker exposure by measuring these drugs and/or their metabolites in the urine of health care workers.

 

ChemoAlert™ uses similar analytical methods to measure the level of environmental contamination on:

 

  ♦  Primary engineering control
  ♦  Tabletops
  ♦  Countertops and workbenches
  ♦  Floor in the prep area
  ♦  Floor in the administration area

 

Why choose ChemoAlert™?

 

  ♦  45 compounds allows you to custom design your kit
  ♦  Easy instructions – 6 step process
  ♦  All media / shipping supplies included
  ♦  Easy to use Chain of Custody
  ♦  Results in 15 days

 

Kit Contents:

1. Gloves

2. Swabs

3. Wetting agent

4. Vials

5. Templates

6. Instruction set

7. Chain of Custody form

8. Return shipping label

9. Cold pack (freeze upon receipt)

10. Disposal bag

 

 

 

 

Published studies:

Turci R, Sottani C, Spagnoli G and Minoia C. Biological and environmental monitoring of hospital personnel exposed to antineoplastic agents: a review of analytical methods. Journal of Chromatography B, 789. 2003; 169-209.

Bussières JF, Touzin K and Lefebvre M. Monitoring of hazardous drugs in hospital practice. Hosp Pharm Eur. 2007; July/August: 21-24.

Baker ES and Connor TH. Monitoring occupational exposure to cancer chemotherapy drugs. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 1996; 53:2713-2723.

Fransman W, Occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs. Hospital Pharmacy Eur. 2007; 35:85-86.

Connor TH, DeBord DG, Pretty JR, Oliver MS, Roth TS, Lees PS, Krieg EF Jr, Rogers B, Escalante CP, Toennis CA, Clark JC, Johnson BC, McDiarmid MA.  Evaluation of antineoplastic drug exposure of health care workers at three university-based US cancer centers. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Oct;52(10):1019-27. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f72b63.

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