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To enable Registered Nurses to safely handle and administer cytotoxic drugs.

Learning outcomes

  • analyse the use of chemotherapy as a treatment modality for cancer.
  • define the role of the registered nurse delivering cytotoxic drugs during the phases of pre-treatment, drug administration and post chemotherapy.
  • Identify the safety measures required in checking, administration and disposal of cytotoxic agents.
  • classify commonly used cytotoxic agents as vesicant or as an irritant and outline the nursing implications for the specific agents.
  • in the event of a extravasation of a vesicant cytotoxic agent detail the protocol for nursing action.
  • use appropriate documentation for any cytotoxic drugs given.
  • identify and discuss the management of acute, subacute and chronic toxicities that can occur with frequently used cytotoxic drugs.
  • critique the nursing management of individuals undergoing chemotherapy, and discuss the impact of chemotherapy on the person and their families
  • safely handle and administer cytotoxic drugs.