ASCO-ONS Safety Standards

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) are engaged in an ongoing collaborative project to use a rigorous, consensus-based process to develop standards for safe administration of chemotherapy. Current ASCO/ONS standards address safety of all routes of chemotherapy administration to adult patients in the outpatient setting and inpatient setting.

The ASCO/ONS chemotherapy safety standards are intended to reduce the risk of errors when providing adult patients with chemotherapy, and to provide a framework for best practices in cancer care. Specifically, they can inform practice policies and procedures, internal quality assessment, and external quality monitoring.

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Latest update from the March 2013 Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP)- 2013 Updated American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards Including Standards for the Safe Administration and Management of Oral Chemotherapy


Read a description of the ASCO/ONS chemotherapy safety standards process for development, consensus and refinement, and a discussion of the standards and results are available.


Below please find a list of articles related to the ASCO/ONS Standards for Safe Chemotherapy Administration.

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