The unsafe handling of hazardous drugs used to treat many forms of cancer has been recognized since the 1970's as a big health hazard to healthcare workers.
The toxicity of hazardous drugs and the dangers of prolonged exposure have been proven to cause hair loss, skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and even leukemia or other forms of cancer in healthcare workers.1,2,3,4 Studies have shown that healthcare workers can be at risk of exposure to these drugs throughout their life cycle—from manufacturing and distribution to use in the clinical or home care environment and all the way through to waste disposal.
In response to the well-documented risks associated with handling hazardous drugs, ICU Medical has developed the ChemoClave system, the world's first needlefree closed systems and closed system transfer devices for the safe handling of hazardous drugs.
The ChemoClave CSTD is comprised of a selection of vial adapters that mechanically prohibit the transfer and escape of environmental contaminants, including the Genie® needlefree CSTD vial access device 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® CSTD male luer.
The components within the ChemoClave system, which can be combined in various configurations as either CSTDs or closed systems as defined by NIOSH, work to create and maintain a mechanically and microbiologically closed system throughout the preparation, transportation, administration, and disposal of hazardous drugs.