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December 2013 - Vol. 10 No. 12 - Page #1

With the last issue of the calendar year, we are always happy to take the time to acknowledge the terrific support and input of our editorial advisory board, which drives the scope and depth of our editorial content throughout the year, as well as the many thought leaders that contribute their valuable experience as authors each month. We are acutely aware of the expectations and professional responsibilities placed on today’s hospital pharmacy management, so we are truly honored to have so many front-line pharmacy practitioners put in the extra effort of sharing their successes—and some of their failures—to help improve the practice of hospital pharmacy for everyone. To recognize these special individuals, please turn to page 10 for a list of this year’s contributors.

This is also a natural time of year to contemplate the past year’s experiences, both positive and negative. Success is always a pleasure, but often it is within our mistakes that we discover new approaches to growth. The concept of process improvement, both in our professional and personal lives, should be viewed as an ongoing and endless endeavor. It does not have any designated ending; rather, it is simply an attitude of continually maintaining and refining the ways in which we interact with our work and each other. There is some comfort in knowing that no person or system is perfect, but that fact should also provide a catalyst to prevent us from being lulled into a false sense of security. When you begin to think a process or system is perfect, that is the time to review it again. 

It is with this concept in mind that we bring your attention to a minor, but important correction to our September issue’s cover story—Requirements and Best Practices for Sanitizing Engineering Controls, authored by two pharmacy  practitioners with extensive experience in compliant cleanroom practices—Kate Douglass and Eric Kastango. In Kate and Eric’s article, we published a table titled Cleaning Primary Engineering Controls (Vol. 10, No. 9, p. 18). We realized after the issue was released that a mistake was made in this table, and maintaining clean, disinfected, and sanitized equipment in the pharmacy is something that, like you, we take very seriously. To that end, we want to make sure you have the proper information. Below is a link to the article with the corrected table:

The corrections indicate the proper order for cleaning and disinfecting primary engineering controls. We apologize if the original publication caused any confusion. Undoubtedly, many of you already knew that the proper order of cleaning is from dirtiest to cleanest, but we always strive for 100% accuracy and wanted to share the correct order, as is now represented by our online and digital editions of the article. 

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen


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