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Category: Aseptic Technique

Aseptic Technique: Preventing Life-Threatening Contaminants

Did You Know that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) account for an estimated two million infections and over 90,000 deaths annually? According to the article, “Spread the Word: Aseptic Technique Prevents Infection,” (http://www.clinicaliq.com/content/aseptic_technique.pdf) one way that pharmacists and technicians can impact HAI reductions is by using proper aseptic technique when preparing compounded sterile preparations. Several non-surgical procedures […]

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4 Steps to Choosing the Right Compounding Pharmacy

With the 15th Annual North American Neuromodulation Society’s (NANS) Meeting just around the corner, I couldn’t help but think about the importance of this conference to both my organization and to all of those who will be attending. These conferences give all of us a chance to interact with current clients, friends, and respected colleagues […]

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Traditional Pharmacy Compounding is Changing … And It’s Changing for the Better!

In the past, traditional compounding pharmacies – both hospital and retail – had laminar airflow workbenches in a common area of the pharmacy. Pharmacists and technicians were expected to safely compound medications in that type of environment. Changes have occurred over time, and focus is now shifting toward an enclosed, dedicated space designed to provide […]

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At Your Fingertips …

One of my mentors, Dr. Lawrence Trissel, a well-known expert in chemical testing of pharmaceuticals and stability studies in sterile compounding, conducted a study where he took two lab technicians at the end of the day, and had them do 100 preparations, drawing up liquid-growth media into 100 syringes. Once all were tapped and set […]

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