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Reduction of workplace contamination with platinum-containing cytostatic drugs in a veterinary hospital by introduction of a closed system
  1. B. Kandel-Tschiederer, DVM1,
  2. M. Kessler, DVM, DipECVIM(Onc)1,
  3. A. Schwietzer, DVM1 and
  4. A. Michel, DVM1
  1. 1Tierärztliche Klinik für Kleintiere, Schlossstrasse 21a, 65719 Hofheim, Germany
  1. E-mail: bettina.kandel{at}freenet.de

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the level of workplace contamination with platinum-containing cytostatic drugs in a veterinary hospital. A closed chemotherapy application system was then added to the safety regimen. Workplace contamination was measured over a nine-month period by taking wipe samples from seven locations. Before the introduction of the closed system, amounts of platinum were detected at four locations. After the introduction of the closed system, there was a temporary increase in contamination at two locations, followed by an overall reduction in contamination by the end of the study period.

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