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Hasznos-Sklánitz L., Zambó K.: Reducing Cytostatic Pollution in the Institutional Pharmacy
The goal of the present experiment was to track the decay of cytostatic pollution in Budapest’s MHEK. The initial levels were ascertained during a 2013 national audit, and we accelerated the rate of decay using a series of decontamination measures during 2015. Such measures included the drafting of more effective cleaning protocols, implementing stricter security proceedings, and transitioning to the Tevadaptor closed system in the production of mixed infusions.
Our experience shows that a combination of good workflow management and the adaptation of closed systems pushes the levels of contamination below the threshold of detection.
We believe the main value of our experiment is that it proved in a methodologically sound manner that contamination can be reduced radically. However, we must also point out that the present experiment was limited in scope to the hospital’s pharmacy. If the hospital is to combat pollution effectively, they should also frequently re-evaluate other protocols, such as those applying to the nurses.