DHMH Submits to General Assembly a Report on Safety Standards for Outpatient Oncology, Rheumatology Offices PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 17, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has submitted a report by the Safety Standards workgroup to the General Assembly. The workgroup was tasked with studying appropriate national safety standards for mixing, reconstituting and performing similar, routine acts by or under the supervision of an oncologist, rheumatologist or hematologist in an outpatient setting.
 
The workgroup was established by Senate Bill 1108, Chapter 580 of the Acts of 2014, and was chaired by DHMH. The workgroup comprised such stakeholders as representatives from the Board of Pharmacy, the Board of Physicians, MedChi, the Maryland and District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology (MDCSCO), as well as community practitioners. 
 
The workgroup developed recommendations on the appropriate minimum safety standards for outpatient oncology and rheumatology practices in three key areas: infection control, accurate dosing and administration, and hazardous drugs. 
 
“Safety standards are critical to the safe and effective care of oncology and rheumatology patients because of the baseline immuno-compromised state of many of these individuals and because of the potential for drug toxicity related to specific agents used in these specialties,” said Dr. Mona Gahunia, DHMH’s Chief Medical Officer.
 
“The development of these standards has ensured that oncology providers will have proper procedures to accurately and safely administer chemotherapy to cancer patients. Furthermore, these safety standards can be adapted to allow patients access to cancer treatment services in a range of practice settings,” said Paul Celano, MD, President of MDCSCO.
 
The workgroup’s report can be found here
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:27
 
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD – Nutrition starts from the ground up, and what better way to build healthy habits than participate in a community garden? The Worcester County Health Department is encouraging local residents to participate in an open interest meeting about community gardens in our area. If you are a gardener or are interested in learning about or working on a community garden in Worcester, please attend the free event at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
Read more...
 
Maryland Department of Health releases 2017 first quarter fatal overdose data
Fentanyl-related deaths shows largest increase
 
Baltimore, MD (August 4, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Health today released data for fatal overdoses in the first quarter of 2017. During this period, which encompasses January to March of 2017, there were 550 overdose-related deaths in the state, including 372 fentanyl-related deaths. The report is posted on the Department of Health website and can be accessed here.
Read more...
 
State urges Marylanders not to consume Caribeña’s yellow, Maradol papayas. Health department investigating fruits in potential salmonella contamination.
 
Baltimore, MD (July 19, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Health is warning consumers to avoid eating Caribeña’s yellow, Maradol papayas because of potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Read more...
 
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program
Web Mastering by
 www.WheatleyComputers.com