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EQUASHIELD® is a completely airtight, leakproof and user friendly Closed System Transfer Device that complies with the strictest aseptic technique requirements and guidelines set forth by NIOSH and OSHA.
Closed System Transfer Device ( CSTD ) came into existence short time after regulatory and professional bodies have performed numerous studies that outline the significant level of exposure that exists to healthcare workers handling antineoplastic agents and other hazardous drugs. While some of the risks are mild with short-term effects such as skin irritation, other risks are more severe and have long term complications, such as infertility, miscarriage, congenital malformations or abnormalities and cancers including leukemia. Healthcare personnel are in danger of being exposed to hazardous drugs at all contact points including drug manufacture, transport, distribution, receipt, storage, preparation, administration, and during disposal.
The EQUASHIELD® Closed System Transfer Device was developed as a result of years of in-depth research through including assessment of potential routes of exposure, safety factors, and analysis of leading Closed System Transfer Devices on the market. The result is a completely airtight, leakproof and user friendly Closed System Transfer Device that complies with the strictest aseptic technique requirements and guidelines set forth by NIOSH and OSHA. A typical chemotherapy session requires the transfer of a cytotoxic drugs from a vial to a syringe, and then to the infusion bag. The typical pressure disparity during drug transfer expels vapors, droplets and aerosols into the work environment, one of the main routes of exposure. Maintaining constant pressure equalization inside the vial, the EQUASHIELD® Closed System Transfer Device prevents the escape of vapors and aerosols providing full protection against these harms.