04-13-2012 03:10 PM - edited 05-02-2012 02:05 PM
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04-17-2012 10:33 AM
We use standardized compounding documents when we mix a batch of IV preps. The documents are pre-populated with the NDC of the most common products used to mix the prep. Beside the NDC # is a blank line for the person (technician) pulling products for compounding. The person needs to initial the line to indicate they compared the NDC on vial to the pre-populated number. This ensures the correct product is being picked. If NDC is different, they write in new NDC & initial. This prompts checking pharmacist to take a "closer" look at what was pulled. Process initiated when procainamide was picked in place of procaine. Prep was mixed & checking pharmacist missed it; fortunately another astute tech noticed empty procainamide vials in trash and knew an error had been made before prep went to the patient.
04-17-2012 10:38 AM
I have had some people refer to this process in a critical manner as "dummying up" the process. I've always took offense to this phrase, especially in healthcare when a person's health or life is at stake.