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Building a business case for automation in sterile compounding - can you afford to risk improved patient safety?

Posted on 09/27/18 | Comments

Despite all the findings on errors and problems with sterile preparation in the pharmacy cleanroom, there’s an under-appreciation for just how risky manual IV compounding processes are. The findings speak for themselves, with worldwide error rates with IV medications estimated at between 9.4% and 97.7% in a March 2018 observational study. The same study found the most common problems are associated with not maintaining aseptic technique during drug preparation, using the wrong diluent and labeling errors.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Three key reasons to automate sterile compounding

Posted on 09/27/18 | Comments

Automation and technology have a long history in supporting pharmacy practice. Unfortunately, so too do unsafe medication practices. Compounding errors can be attributed to nearly 1,500 adverse drug events, including 114 deaths, between 2001 and 2017.[i]  While sterile preparations are the primary focus, attention must also be paid to miscalculations and mistakes in filling prescriptions.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding, IV Workflow

Upcoming Webinar with Eric Kastango and Kate Douglass- CriticalPoint’s USP <800> 2017 Study Results: An Initial Roadmap to Compliance

Posted on 02/08/18 | Comments

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Join Eric S. Kastango, RPh, MBA, FASHP and Kate Douglass, MS, RN, CRNI for:

CriticalPoint’s USP <800> 2017 Study Results: An Initial Roadmap to Compliance Webinar
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:00 noon Eastern
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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Achieving USP 797 Compliance: A Customer Success Story

Posted on 09/20/17 | Comments

Hospitals and health systems are dealing with a new pharmacy reality – a steadily rising level of scrutiny coupled with stricter state and federal safety requirements related to sterile compounding. That’s because the healthcare industry continues to raise the bar on USP 797 compliance as a result of several high-profile cases that caused preventable harm to patients in recent years.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

The Bottom Line on USP Compliance

Posted on 09/08/17 | Comments

At the end of August, Becker’s Hospital Review published the article, The Bottom Line on USP Compliance: What is Your Risk, written by Eric Kastango, MBA, BS Pharm, FASHP, examining the risks associated with sterile compounding and strategies to mitigate that risk.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Upcoming Webinar with Eric Kastango and Abby Roth - Investigation and Remediation of Environmental and Personnel Sampling Excursions

Posted on 07/19/17 | Comments


Join Eric S. Kastango, RPh, MBA, FASHP and Abby Roth, BS, ASQ-CMQ to learn more about investigating and remediating environmental and personnel sampling excursions.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Introducing a Better USP 800 Compliance Strategy

Posted on 07/12/17 | Comments

Simplifi 797 Expanded to Offer Full Quality Management Support

It’s time for best practices to become common practice in today’s hospitals and health systems. That’s why the Wolters Kluwer expert team remains resolute in our efforts to create solutions that help you solve high-level industry challenges and drive better performance with patient safety, clinical outcomes and the bottom line.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Achieving a Higher Standard of Practice for Sterile Compounding: What is your strategic direction?

Posted on 06/28/17 | Comments

 

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Complete the USP 797 and 800 Compliance Study and Gap Analysis and receive a free Action Plan customized to your facility

Posted on 05/18/17 | Comments

 The 2017 USP <797> & <800> Compliance Study, led by sterile compounding experts and Study Co-Directors Eric Kastango, RPh, MBA, FASHP and Kate Douglass, MS, RN, CRNI is now open through June 30th 2017.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding

Bringing USP Compliance Front and Center: Six Reasons Why Pharmacies Should Invest in a Quality Management System Now

Posted on 05/11/17 | Comments

Hospital and health systems are facing an influx of increasingly rigorous and complex state and federal requirements related to United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapters 797 and 800. Accrediting and governing agencies regularly inspect compounding sites to ensure quality control, training and documentation practices are appropriately met. While resource-strapped pharmacies face challenges to complying with these standards, noncompliance places them at risk for significant financial impacts and reputational losses.

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Topics: Sterile Compounding