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ChemoClave | Animal Health

The Risks

The unsafe handling of hazardous drugs used to treat many forms of cancer has been recognized since the 1970's as a big health hazard to healthcare workers.

The toxicity of hazardous drugs and the dangers of prolonged exposure have been proven to cause hair loss, skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and even leukemia or other forms of cancer in healthcare workers.1,2,3,4 Studies have shown that healthcare workers can be at risk of exposure to these drugs throughout their life cycle - from manufacturing and distribution, to use in the clinical or home care environment, and to waste disposal.

The Solution

In response to the well-documented risks associated with handling hazardous drugs, ICU Medical has developed the ChemoClave system, the world's only needlefree closed system transfer device for the safe handling of hazardous drugs.

The ChemoClave system provides clinicians with a variety of needlefree vial access devices, a selection of needlefree bag spikes, and primary add-on and administration sets featuring the Spiros® CSTD Male Luer. These devices work independently or in conjunction to create and maintain a mechanically and microbiologically closed system throughout the preparation, transportation, administration, and disposal of hazardous drugs. At no point in the process is the clinician, patient, or environment exposed to any hazardous chemicals.

How it works

The ChemoClave system maintains a mechanically and microbiologically closed needlefree system that is safe, intuitive, and easy to use during every step of the hazardous drug handling process and assures compliance with OSHA, NIOSH, ASHP, ISOPP, ONS, APHON and USP <797> safe-handling guidelines.

Preparation - ChemoClave

Safe Preparation

ChemoClave is a mechanically and microbiologically closed needlefree system for the preparation of hazardous drugs to help you comply with recommended guidelines.

Transport - ChemoClave

Safe Transportation

The easy-to-use ChemoClave system helps you prevent leaks and spills when transporting hazardous drugs.

 

Administration - ChemoClave

Safe Administration

With ChemoClave, you can eliminate needlestick injuries and reduce exposure to hazardous drugs during administration without changing standard protocols.

Disposal - ChemoClave

Safe Disposal

The ChemoClave system protects you and the environment by generating less biohazardous waste than any commercially available closed system transfer device.

References

  1. Connor TH, McDiarmid MA. Preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic drugs in health care settings. CA Cancer J Clin 2006; 56: 354-365.
  2. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH Alert: preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs in the health care setting. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-165. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. Valanis B, Vollmer WM, Steele P. Occupational exposure to antineoplastic agents: self-reported miscarriages and stillbirths among nurses and pharmacists. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: 41(8) August 1999;632-638.
  4. Skov T, Maarrup B, Olsen J et al. Leukaemia and reproductive outcome among nurses handling antineoplastic drugs. British J of Industrial Medicine 1992; 49:855-861.