Ep. 27 – What You Should Know about Hazardous Drugs (yep, even PTs should know) – Seth Eisenberg, RN, OCN, BMTCN

Are you contaminated?

I was first introduced to Seth Eisenberg, RN, OCN, BMTCN at the Cowtown Oncology Nursing Symposium earlier this spring, when he delivered his presentation on Hazardous Drugs & changes to guidelines to protect those who work with them. While these guidelines are out of our scope, Seth covered some really great material on how these drugs affect those exposed, not just patients, & I knew right away I wanted him on the podcast. Seth explains what these hazardous drugs are, how they affect people, & how we should proceed when working with patients who may be receiving these treatments – good news! PTs are much lower on the risk spectrum! Still, Seth discusses some great ways to practice mindfully & safely in regards to these hazardous drugs.

Seth’s Bio

Practicing in the field of oncology since 1983, Seth’s experience includes more than 30 years in Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  ​

Seth’s publishing experience includes numerous peer-reviewed articles on chemotherapy and biotherapy, four book chapters including a chapter for the Joint Commission Resources on Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTDs), and having served as editor for a book on BMT. He has presented nationally and internationally at nursing and pharmacy conferences on a variety of topics and have been the principal investigator in two published nursing research studies, with a third study tentatively scheduled to open Q4 2019.

Involvement with the Oncology Nursing Society includes having served as Coordinator for the Chemotherapy Special Interest Group, 5 years as contributing editor for ONS Connect, 5 years on the OCN test development committee, and 5 years on the BMT Certification committee including 2 years as Committee Chair. Seth is currently a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Seth is currently the Professional Practice Coordinator for Infusion Services at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Ambulatory Clinic.

Find his website here.


2:22 What exactly are these hazardous drugs?

7:14 What do these drugs do to a person (& why are they so hazardous)?

10:34 Examples of situations PTs should be cautious/aware of

25:07 – Last thoughts on PT exposure – including VOMIT!

So good news on the 1st question: most likely not. Better safe than sorry.

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