Consistent, effective cleaning practices are intrinsic to ensuring safe products for patients. Recognizing this, cleaning duties are typically assigned to dedicated staff and most commonly to pharmacy personnel. This past year has seen a strong effort to ensure the required dwell time of products in use are followed appropriately. However, the documentation of cleaning activities is often inconsistent; such poor practice can lead to unnecessarily painful regulatory inspections.
The vast majority of facilities utilize a daily cleaning process with a germicidal detergent and water for the compounding area and the PECs.
When this survey launched 13 years ago, pharmacy directors were satisfied with their cleaning product choices, yet only 17% deemed their products “excellent.” In the ensuing years, cleaning vendors’ commitment to improving the convenience of their products (eg, presaturated wipes, combination decontamination/disinfectant products, etc) has led to a surge in ratings. This year, cleaning products received an overall satisfactory rating of 89% with a notable 42% ranking their products as excellent.