Accuracy and precision are central to ensuring positive outcomes in health care. To minimize the potential for error, it is crucial for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to engage in a relentless pursuit of excellence throughout the medication management process.
Within the quality-driven health care climate, there is no doubt that the bar is set high for pharmacy performance. Thus, it may be surprising that sterile IV compounding, a common but critical pharmacy task that often is perceived to be precise, frequently demonstrates error rates between 5% and 15%.1-3 A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (B&W) in Boston found that 12.5% of manually prepared CSPs failed accuracy measurements.4
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