Cancer is the world’s leading cause of death, claiming the lives of an estimated 7.9 million people in 2007 alone, and experts expect these numbers to double before 2030. The unsafe handling of hazardous drugs used to treat many forms of cancer has been recognized since the 1970s as a significant health hazard to workers. The basic occupational health approach to minimize exposure to any workplace hazard is a hierarchy of control methods, including elimination or substitution of hazard, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The current guidelines for the safe handling of hazardous drugs set forth by NIOSH, ASHP, and ONS are based on these occupational health principles.
ChemoClave™ Closed System Transfer Device and Infusion Systems
In response to the well-documented risks associated with handling hazardous drugs, ICU Medical has developed the ChemoClave system, the world’s only needlefree closed system transfer device for the safe handling of hazardous drugs.
ChemoClave system components provide clinicians with a variety of needlefree vial access devices including the Genie ® needlefree closed vial access device, designed with an internal balloon that automatically equalizes drug vial pressure when extracting hazardous medications from vials; a selection of needlefree bag spikes; and primary add-on and administration sets featuring the Spiros ® closed male luer. Spiros can be attached to a syringe or the end of an IV set, and automatically self-seals whenever disconnected in order to protect the integrity of the IV fluid container. The Spiros can also access the Genie’s bonded Clave® needlefree connector to maintain a closed system.