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Part 3 - Eric Kastango and Abby Roth answer your questions about the Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions

Posted on 10/11/17 | Comments

This week we wrap up our Q and A sessions from our recent webinar, Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions. Today’s questions and answers focus on:

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Topics: environmental sampling

Part 2 - Eric Kastango and Abby Roth answer your questions about the Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions

Posted on 10/04/17 | Comments

 

This week, we continue our question and answer forum from our recent webinar, Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions. Today’s edition includes questions related to:

  • Environmental monitoring session requirements and locations
  • Cleanroom Cleaning

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Part 1 - Eric Kastango and Abby Roth answer your questions about the Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions

Posted on 09/27/17 | Comments

Our recent webinar, Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions, drew an audience of hundreds of pharmacy professionals. Of course, the main drawback to a big turnout is that, with limited time, not everyone has a chance to get answers to their questions. Fortunately, we saved the questions we didn’t get to during the event and will be answering them in the blog over the next few weeks. Today’s questions and answers relate to:

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Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions. Written by CriticalPoint

Posted on 09/06/17 | Comments

Environmental and Personnel Sampling are very important activities as this testing provides direct feedback about quality of sterile compounding facilities; sanitizing procedures and personnel work practices in terms of their cumulative ability to achieve and maintain the desired state of microbial state of control that is suitable for sterile compounding activities. At this time, Chapter <797> requires viable air sampling (VAS) only one to two times per year; surface sampling (SS) is required “periodically” and gloved fingertip sampling (GFS) is required initially to verify personnel’s’ ability to don sterile gloves without contaminating them and ongoing GFS only in association with aseptic media fills performed at least annually or semi-annually, again depending on risk level. CriticalPoint strongly recommends that sampling be conducted more frequently to ensure that the state of control has been achieved and to facilitate the detection away from a state of microbial control early so that actions can be taken before patient safety is compromised. The table below summarizes required and suggested frequencies of environmental and personnel sampling.

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Eric S. Kastango and Kate Douglass answer your questions about Environmental Surface Sampling

Posted on 02/28/17 | Comments

Environmental Sampling allows for the early detection of contamination at its source and allows you to measure your pharmacy’s state of microbial control. Contamination sources can include personnel, work surfaces, supplies, equipment and failure of engineering controls. Environmental Sampling is comprised of facility and personnel related metrics.  Eric and Kate provide answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about surface sampling.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding, environmental sampling, surface sampling