Archives for November 2013

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.

What Is a Sterile Field?

A sterile field is an area kept free of microorganisms to protect the health and safety of a patient during a medical procedure, usually a surgery. This environment is aseptic; all items in the sterile field are sterilized and should not contain microorganisms. Maintaining aseptic conditions is critical for surgical safety, as an infection could be very dangerous for the patient. Medical care providers learn how to create and maintain a safe surgery environment during their training.

A Confusing Attempt to Cure Compounding Pharmacies.

Remember the panic about compounding pharmacies? These are state-licensed retail businesses that mix and sell medications, but without the federal safety approval required for mass-produced drugs. No? How about the scandal last year involving a Massachusetts pharmacy whose tainted back-pain steroids led to hundreds of serious infections and more than 60 deaths, many related to meningitis?Oh, yes, that you recall. Scary stuff.
Now that you’re focused, here’s the news: Congress has finally moved to give the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over compounding pharmacies. This week, negotiators from the House and Senate came up with a compromise bill designed to prevent another fiasco like last fall’s misadventure with the since-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.