Why Do Doctors Prescribe Drugs that Kill the Nurses Administering Them?
July 27, 2010
Powerful chemotherapy drugs may have taken a deadly toll on the hospital and clinic workers who handled them.
Thousands of health care workers were chronically exposed to chemotherapy agents on the job for years before there were any safety guidelines. Now, some of those workers are being diagnosed with cancers that could be linked to that exposure.
"Multiple studies going back decades have found evidence of contamination in areas where workers prepare and deliver chemotherapy. Still more studies ... have found these agents in the blood and urine of nurses and others who handle them ...
Last year, [a] Danish study of more than 92,000 nurses found an elevated risk for breast, thyroid, nervous system and brain cancers in the nursing population."