Category Archives: Pharmacy Practice

Increased IV production means increased automation…and data

Interesting timing on this article at Healthcare IT News: “With an eye on improving safety, increasing compliance and reducing waste, an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are looking to insource and automate their IV compounding processes… Campbell said that the transition to robotic sterile compounding has resulted in a cost savings of $100,000…At… Read More »

Electronic alert overload

The Washington Post: “Something similar is happening to doctors, nurses and pharmacists. And when they’re hit with too much information, the result can be a health hazard… It’s called alert fatigue… Electronic health records increasingly include automated alert systems pegged to patients’ health information… The number of these pop-up messages has become unmanageable, doctors and… Read More »

Surface sampling for equipment used for preparing sterile HDs

USP Chapter <800> HAZARDOUS DRUGS—HANDLING IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS is organized into the following main sections: Introduction and Scope List of Hazardous Drugs Types of Exposure Responsibilities of Personnel Handling Hazardous Drugs Facilities and Engineering Controls Environmental Quality and Control Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Communication Program Personnel Training Receiving Labeling, Packaging, Transport, and Disposal Dispensing Final… Read More »

USP Chapter <800> Terminology

USP <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling In Healthcare Settings introduces not only new rules around hazardous drug compounding, but some new terminology/vocabulary as well. Most of the terminology doesn’t address unique items, but rather how items are described when handling hazardous drugs (HDs). USP Chapter <800> refers to “containment” primary and secondary engineering controls (C-PECs… Read More »