The airline attendant instructs passengers in the event of an emergency to always put their safety equipment on first then help those who need assistance. This same message is resonating across healthcare systems from regulatory bodies to nurses and other healthcare providers administering and handling hazardous drugs (HDs). In order to safely treat and care for our patients, healthcare providers must first protect themselves. In the effort to provide patients the best care possible, many nurses have sacrificed their own safety from skipping out on lunch, having minimum to no bathroom breaks, and not properly wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE). However, this effort from nurses can be detrimental to their own health. If nurses are not healthy how can they care for their patients? Read more at https://www.oncnursingnews.com/contributor/karen-harris/2019/05/safety-first-the-importance-of-personal-protective-equipment.
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