Chemotherapy drugs can take up to seven days to leave the body after a patient has chemotherapy. They can be in the patient’s body fluids or waste products, including blood, urine, vomit, saliva, semen, vaginal secretions, sweat and stool/faeces. You and your patient’s family and carers need to take special care to stay safe during this period. Accidentally touching any of these fluids may result in some of the chemotherapy drug getting into your body through your skin.
Use rubber gloves and disposable clothes to clean up spills straight away, wash the patient’s towels, linen or clothing separately, after going to the toilet, close the lid, and flush the toilet on full flush and a bowl used for vomiting, should not be used for anything else and wash out after each use.
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