When considering medical-grade refrigeration and temperature monitoring equipment, it is critical to examine the purchase holistically: The refrigerators and equipment must have sufficient capacity to allow for pharmacy’s future growth and the configurability to facilitate multiple workflows. In addition, when selecting equipment, understand that automated temperature monitoring is intrinsic... Read more
The fact that hazardous drug (HD) exposure can result in acute and chronic adverse health effects is well known in health care. Skin rashes, leukemia and other cancers, as well as negative effects on reproduction are possible.1 The risk level depends on the HD and the amount of exposure. Thus, every possible precaution should be taken to protect workers handling HDs.
The risks of manual sterile compounding are well known, presenting hazards to patients and health care workers alike; when using a manual process, even a small discrepancy can result in a serious adverse event. Consider that the manual inspection of IV admixture ingredients is not a foolproof method of preventing errors. Moreover, when manually verifying sterile compounds, it is not uncommon for the... Read more
Refilling anesthesia trays in the pharmacy for delivery to the ORs can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Not only is the process exceedingly repetitive, but using a manual restocking model is rife with opportunities for error, and medication use metrics are difficult to quantify.
In a hospital with a high volume of OR patients each day, the tray management process often requires a significant... Read more
An effective cleaning program supports safe hazardous drug (HD) handling, eliminates transference of HD residue throughout the facility, and helps ensure staff and patient safety. A robust cleaning program should include clearly delineated standard operating procedures (SOPs), staff training, and follow-up monitoring to ensure best practices are maintained over time. The following tips will help ensure... Read more
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