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April 2009 Declared National Safe Handling Awareness Month
Date:2/24/2009

National Campaign Aims to Protect Healthcare Workers from Hazardous Drug Exposure

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In an act to further education surrounding the safe handling of hazardous drugs in the healthcare setting, April 2009 has been declared the first-ever National Safe Handling Awareness Month with Monday, April 20, 2009 being declared the first-ever National Safe Handling Awareness Day.

The proclamation of National Safe Handling Awareness Month follows the need for increased safe handling cognizance given the known risks associated with exposure to hazardous drugs (such as chemotherapy agents). According to an alert published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), "working with or near hazardous drugs in healthcare settings may cause skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects and possibly leukemia or other cancers.(1) Further evidence to support the need to take action in this area may be found below.

In recognition of National Safe Handling Awareness Month, a variety of regional and national continuing education (CE) activities will be scheduled throughout April. The headline event, a complimentary, nationwide CE webcast, will take place on April 20th from 1:00-2:00pm EST. The event will be followed by a live "Ask the Experts" session featuring today's industry thought leaders:

    Keynote speakers:
    Byron Peters, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy
    Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St.
    Louis, MO

    MiKaela Olsen, RN, MS, OCN
    Oncology and Hematology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Guest Speaker:
    James Jorgenson, RPh, MS, FASHP
    Executive Director, Pharmacy Services
    Clarian Health Partners, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

This initiative is supported by an unrestricted educational gra
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