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Aseptic services

Located within the pharmacy department is the Aseptic Services Suite. The suite is comprised of many sterile rooms that allow for the preparation and production of high risk medicines for the hospital.


Adopting appropriate aseptic technique

Compounding sterile preparations (CSPs) are made utilizing aseptic technique. Aseptic technique is a microbiological term referring to the prevention of microorganism contamination. The procedure involves the use of specialized equipment, sterile apparel, meticulous processing, and continuous cleaning.

Evaluating aseptic technique of pharmacy personnel.

A procedure for validating the effectiveness of a training program in aseptic technique for admixture personnel and for monitoring the aseptic technique of those trained is described. Double-strength soybean casein digest broth was prepared as the culture media. Technicians were instructed to prepare 50 sample i.v. admixtures after the structured one-week orientation and training period. The sample admixtures were cultured for sterility by a total-culturing method. An ongoing random-sampling plan was implemented to monitor the technique of the trained technicians. Six technicians completed the orientation program, and five compounded the validation admixtures aseptically. The ongoing monitoring revealed that the technicians who were validated have continued to perform at acceptable levels. This program validated that the personnel had adequate training in aseptic technique and the necessary skills for performing the aseptic manipulations required in i.v. admixture compounding.

How to Earn Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation

Drug compounding made the wrong kind of headlines in October 2012 when U.S. health officials announced that patients injected with products prepared by the New England Compounding Center were contracting and dying from fungal meningitis. The toll contaminated compounded medications will take in lives, dollars and the professional reputation of pharmacy practitioners may not be known for years.

Safe aseptic preparation in the pharmacy and on the ward

Injectable medicines are prepared prior to use on the wards and in the pharmacy. In this article, we describe how to organise this process. A risk based approach is suggested to direct the aseptic preparation policy in a hospital. Examples from the Czech Republic and The Netherlands are used.

Improved aseptic technique can reduce variable contamination rates of ward-prepared parenteral doses.

Aseptic techniques are required to manipulate central venous lines and prepare intravenous doses. This study aimed to examine whether different aseptic techniques affect the contamination rates of intravenous doses prepared on hospital wards. Syringes of tryptic soy broth test media prepared by one pharmacy operator and five nurses were assessed for contamination. The pharmacy operator achieved lower contamination than the nurses (0.0% vs 6.9%; Fisher’s exact test, P < 0.001). Contamination differed significantly between nurses (∼2-17% of syringes; binary logistic regression, P = 0.018). In conclusion, appropriate training and experience in aseptic techniques should be embedded into routine clinical practice to reduce contamination rates.

An Overview of Pharmacy Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolators

In general, compounding pharmacy equipment consists of a wide variety of barrier isolators, clean benches and NSF-listed biological safety cabinets.The Pharmacy Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator is the premium solution product within the pharmacy compounding category. It provides a clean and safe atmosphere for compounding non-hazardous, sterile drug preparations in accordance with the criteria set by USP 797. The following are the key benefits of a Pharmacy Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator: Superior operator protection, ISO Class 3 work zone, motorized adjustable height stand, fast purging time and USP 797 compliant.

Aseptic Technician Jobs Require Specific Experience Of Aseptic Techniques

Aseptic technician jobs typically require qualifications in biology or microbiology up to degree level, and specific experience in aseptic practices. Aseptic techniques are used to prevent contamination, spoilage or unwanted fermentation during medical procedures or production processes.





Aseptic Technique to Avoid Contamination.

As Microorganisms have been found on hand wash basins and taps it is advised that hand hygiene should be carried out using liquid soap and water. Another step for care in this regards is that non touch taps should be used.  Decontamination should follow hand washing. This can be done using alcohol gel. There is a six step technique that one can follow. The six step guideline will help reduce preventable infections. These infections can lead to reduced patient morbidity and mortality.

5 Top Reasons Why Aseptic Techniques Training is Important .

Hospital employees who are in constant contact with ill patients need to be trained about aseptic techniques. These employees are nurses, doctors, and others who provide continual care to patients. Aseptic techniques are a set of procedures that are followed by doctors and nurses in a healthcare setting in order to prevent spreading of infection. Although not all healthcare employees deal closely with patients, it is always good for all the employees to know these aseptic techniques.