Hospital Industry News

Reducing risks of exposure to HDs

Although most pharmacy personnel will say that the highest risk of exposure to hazardous drugs is during the compounding process, we feel that there is an even greater risk of exposure to hazardous materials during shipping and receiving. Under the current regulations as well as the upcoming USP <800> the hazardous materials are usually ordered …

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Exposure to Hazardous Materials during Shipping and Receiving

Whether isolator or cleanroom-based working areas, if we’re talking about both sterile and hazardous sterile preparations we recognize the first source of contamination and exposure risk.  The first known is actually outside of the cleanroom and is the pre-cleaning station. In the hazardous drug area, we like to see packages from shipping and receiving brought …

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Sterile Compounding USP 797 Solutions

  Safely compounded sterile medications are an essential element of patient care. Hospitals and clinics need to evaluate the best way to optimize care and meet regulatory and safety requirements while managing the costs of these important medicines. Our team of experts can help you evaluate external sources and the opportunity and requirements of insourcing …

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How to pressurize an anteroom?

  There are several techniques for managing safe and reliable pressurized rooms in healthcare and laboratory applications. When anterooms are present, such as those used for isolation rooms and pharmacies, it is not always clear how the anteroom should be pressurized in relation to the adjoining room and hallway. Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) patient rooms are designed for negative …

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Revised 503B Guidance for Outsourcing Compounders

According to the Federal Register Notice that announced the guidance revision (here), the FDA notes that “This revised draft guidance reflects the FDA’s intent to recognize the differences between outsourcing facilities and conventional drug manufacturers and to tailor CGMP requirements to the nature of the specific compounding operations conducted by outsourcing facilities while maintaining the …

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Basic Cleanroom Protocol

Most basic protocol programs for cleanrooms are based on the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST) recommended practices for contamination control and the ISO 14644 series of international standards for cleanrooms and associated controlled environments. The focus of any protocol program is to protect the integrity of the cleanroom and the products and processes …

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What Are Universal Precautions?

Working in the healthcare industry exposes individuals to diseases and infections that can be transmitted from one person to another. Universal Precautions were guidelines developed regarding infection control that were designed to protect healthcare workers from diseases that are spread through blood and various body fluids. These were applied to the workplace when workers were …

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Customizing Industrial-Quality Workbenches for Your Needs

Workbenches are used in many industries including those engaged in manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and shipping. Industrial-quality workbenches are also found in laboratories, educational institutions, research centers, and healthcare facilities. Whether they are subjected to light, medium, or heavy use, these furnishings may become more functional when certain accessories are added. Some accessories are designed for …

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Complying with and

Attaining compliance with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapters is of great concern within the practice of sterile compounding, as the process can be quite daunting and also expensive. This is especially true in small and/or rural facilities. Having more than one large project occurring at a given time requires a division of focus, and there …

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Developing a Robust Compounding Strategy

Developing an effective compounding strategy is critical to ensuring patients have access to properly compounded medications, but because each organization’s needs differ, a one-size-fits-all solution cannot be applied to every hospital. A careful evaluation of the institution’s requirements, the available infrastructure for compounding medications in-house, and any registered 503B compounding facilities in the vicinity with …

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