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 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 only needlefree closed system transfer device for the safe handling of hazardous drugs.
The ChemoClave system provides clinicians with a variety of needlefree vial access devices, a selection of needlefree bag spikes, and primary add-on and administration sets featuring the Spiros® CSTD Male Luer. These devices work independently or in conjunction to create and maintain a mechanically and microbiologically closed system throughout the preparation, transportation, administration, and disposal of hazardous drugs. At no point in the process is the clinician, patient, or environment exposed to any hazardous chemicals.