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Chemotherapy - “Zero Tolerance for Errors”

Patienchemotherapyt safety comes first. It is at the forefront in the minds and hearts of health providers, health administrators, patients and their families. In fact, the importance of patient safety can be traced back to the Hippocratic Oath historically taken by doctors who swear to the ethical practice of medicine. Believed to have been written by Hippocrates in the 5th Century  B.C., First do no harm is phrase well known and understood by most. It is the guiding principle for all who work in health care. While ensuring patient safety in all health settings is a priority, mistakes sometimes occur. When mistakes involve chemotherapy, the result can be serious, even fatal.

“Chemotherapy is toxic,” says Larry Broadfield, Manager of CCNS’s Provincial Systemic Thearpy Program.  “It needs to be to kill the cancer cells. But, in the wrong dosage or delivery, it can cause a number of very serious and unexpected side effects.”

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