The nurse is caring for a patient receiving chemotherapy. What precautions should the nurse take when handling bodily fluids for this patient?

Wear a face shield.
Wear a gown and gloves.

Explanation

• Chemotherapy drugs are toxic and are present in body fluids, feces, and blood for 48 hours after administration. The nurse should wear a gown, gloves, and a face shield when handling the patient's body fluids.

• Sterile gloves and a respirator mask are not necessary.

• Soiled linens and all other materials containing chemotherapeutic agents should be disposed of in a special chemotherapeutic waste container.

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