Ganciclovir Administration

​The United States, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Hazardous Drug (NIOSH)  list has ganciclovir listed as a hazardous drug.

This means that particular safe handling and administration guidelines should be followed. It is recommended that the following PPE be worn when administering ganciclovir.

  • Chemo protectant gloves. These are non-sterile gloves with reinforced finger tips & a long cuff. The current brand that is being used is HALYARD.
  • Long sleeve impermeable gown that has a cuff.

Below is a table outlining the safe handling and administration training requirements that need to be completed. The eviQ course can be found on healthLearn. Competency sign off can be achieved with either the nurse educator or the clinical nurse specialist that works in your area. Re-certification is not required.

Please contact the Haematology/Oncology Nurse Educators if you require further information/support.

​eviQ ADAC course - Handling antineoplastic drugs and related waste safely (RGMC113)
​Complete module & competency sign off
​​eviQ ADAC course - Handling antineoplastic drugs and related waste safely (RGMC004)
​Complete module, quiz & competency sign off
RN only

​eviQ ADAC course - Adult antineoplastic drug administration for the non-cancer setting (RGMC003)

​Complete 3 modules, quiz and the IV competency assessment



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Page last reviewed: 18 June 2020