Evaluation of knowledge and practice of handling chemotherapy agents by nurses: a multi-centre studies in Bangladesh


  • M. Sohrab Hosen Department of Pharmacy, Square Hospitals Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mehedi Hasan Department of Pharmacy, Square Hospitals Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Saiful Islam Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. M. Raseduzzaman Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Tanvirul Islam Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Tazbiul Islam Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Motaher Hossain Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Nafiujjaman Department of Pharmacy, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Tawhida Rahman Nishat Department of Pharmacy, Enam Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • M. Jahidul Hasan Department of Pharmacy, Square Hospitals Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh




Chemotherapy agents, Nurse, Knowledge, Biological safety cabinet, Personal protective equipment


Background: Along with several significant factors in chemotherapy treatment management’s nurses plays the pivotal role. The objective of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of nurses in relation to handling chemotherapy and the current practice of cancer centers in different hospitals in Bangladesh.

Methods: The cross-sectional study was designed based on anonymous self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire was developed from literature and expert input and validated by subject experts.

Results: A total of 96 nurses were the respondents in this study. Around half of them already exposed directly with chemotherapy agents. Some 72.9% of nurses had not any training and 58.3% of respondents were not aware about use of closed system transfer devise in chemotherapy. A greater proportion 58.3% of nurses did not know the same health hazard of both oral and parenteral drugs. One third (33.3%) respondents used biological safety cabinet for doing preparation. Nurses’ did not use especial personal protective equipment and the designed treatment room also was absent. None of nurses went through regular medical checkup.

Conclusions: The evidence-based results suggested that nurses have average knowledge about chemotherapy handling, however, use of personal protective equipment and biological safety cabinet, follow guidelines, medical surveillance and training are appeared to be a hindrance. More fundamentally, nurses need more education and professional training about chemotherapy agents handling in nursing school and through in-service continuing education as well as adopt required facilities are necessary.



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How to Cite

Hosen, M. S., Hasan, M., Saiful Islam, M., Raseduzzaman, M. M., Tanvirul Islam, M., Tazbiul Islam, M., Motaher Hossain, M., Nafiujjaman, M., Nishat, T. R., & Jahidul Hasan, M. (2019). Evaluation of knowledge and practice of handling chemotherapy agents by nurses: a multi-centre studies in Bangladesh. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 6(10), 4175–4180. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20194471



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