Maximize Safety in the IV Compounding Process
March 2017 : IV Safety - Vol. 14 No. 3 - Page #4

Q&A with Scott Soefje, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FCCP


This is part 1 of a two-part series on IV workflow management. Part 1 discusses increasing safety in IV compounding, while part 2, which will appear in a future issue of Pharmacy Purchasing & Products, will address overcoming challenges in IV workflow software implementation.


Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What are the potential error points in a manual IV preparation process?

Scott Soefje: Sterile IV compounding has become an increasingly complex pursuit for hospital pharmacies. When the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) released the first iteration of Chapter <797> defining sterile IV compounding, many institutions had to significantly redesign their IV compounding processes to ensure compliance. Prior to compounding high-risk drugs in cleanrooms, the components could be set up by the technician and the pharmacist could easily check the product before the mixture was compounded. However, USP <797> introduced important safety measures into the process. The pharmacist must now perform hand hygiene and don personal protective equipment (PPE) to accomplish the same task. While USP <797>-compliant IV compounding is undoubtedly safer, compliance with the chapter has increased compounding complexity.

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